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.


Five positives from a disastrous Flames season

Now that a little time has passed since one of the most disappointing Flames regular seasons in recent memory came to a close, maybe people are ready to look at a few positives. As the internal autopsy continues amid the excitement of the first round of the playoffs, there are reasons to be optimistic about…


Against all odds: Give Stajan credit for 1,000th game

As far as fan favourites go, he’s hardly on the radar. In the Flames locker room, though, it would be hard to find another who comes close. And that’s arguably the biggest reason Matt Stajan, he of fourth line status and a contract constantly critiqued by so many outside the inner circle, is set to…


Smith is the team’s MVP, and he doesn’t even have to be playing

In case there was still any debate as to who the Calgary Flames’ Most Valuable Player is this season, goaltender Mike Smith’s absence and the team’s performances over that span say it all. And Smith’s surprise appearance at practice on Tuesday ahead of the second of three games on the Flames’ critical late-season road trip…


Lack of deadline moves means team needs to find new gear to make playoffs

Interpret the Calgary Flames’ deadline day moves with whichever lens you like. Optimists will look at the modest additions of winger Chris (Streaky) Stewart via waivers and Nick (not Drew) Shore for a courtesy seventh-round pick and deduce general manager Brad Treliving has confidence his group can get it done as assembled and needed nothing…