Burning Question: Are the Flames among the elite?

It’s a question Flames fans have been quietly asking themselves for the last week or so, certainly since the team shot to the top of the Western Conference standings with a big victory over the Nashville Predators last weekend. Are the Calgary Flames an elite team? The answer … even after Wednesday night’s incredibly exciting…


Centres of attention: Offseason faceoff plan paying off

With the departure of Dillon Dube, the collection of Calgary Flames centres got a little bit smaller. (Although the team technically got a little larger in terms of average size.) The rookie pivot playing out of his natural position on the third line was part of a group that has given the Flames a relatively…


Early returns positive for new head coach Bill Peters

This offseason, the coaching consternation was taking place on the south end of the QE2 Highway. Forgoing what most Calgary fans considered due diligence and honing in on a single target, the Flames hired a handpicked Bill Peters immediately after he opted out of his contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Considering the fact Peters had…


Why trading Sam Bennett now would be a mistake

The highly coveted first rounder’s rookie season was full of promise. Two goals shy of 20. More than 35 points despite limited ice time. He played with an edge and the upside was obvious. But the sequel was disappointing and he was labelled an enigma. His second professional season was a step backward and the…


Not so fast: A way-too-early look at potential line combinations

You’re up, coach. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving was a busy man over the first couple of days of free agency, signing two forwards who are locks for the opening day roster, another wildcard who has the potential be a difference-maker in the bottom six, and a bunch of depth players likely to make…


The Coaching Carousel: How to stop the vicious cycle

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving wasted no time in turfing head coach Glen Gulutzan a little more than a week after the season ended in utter failure, and it was clear to everyone his haste in making moves was because he already had a replacement all but officially on board.