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History Repeats With Gulutzan Firing

History Repeats With Gulutzan Firing

April 19th, 2018 On Tuesday afternoon, just 10 days following the completion of a disappointing season, the Calgary Flames parted ways with head coach Glen Gulutzan and his two assistant coaches. The change in coaching directions come on the heels of a disappointing season where Flames management, ownership and...
Hurricanes' Peters Failing Upward?

Hurricanes' Peters Failing Upward?

April 19th, 2018 Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters was on the hot seat for much of the season. He now looks to be in the driver's seat and a top prospect for the head coaching job with the Calgary Flames. An announcement is coming soon that will set Peters' coaching future -- in Carolina, in Calgary or in...

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March 31st, 2018
Free Agents

With the Calgary Flames set to miss the playoffs in a season where expectations were high, change is most certainly coming this off-season. Whether it's changes in the coaching staff or on-ice personnel, there will be a shakeup. One of the major areas of concern this season has been goal scoring. As of March 31, the Flames are ranked 26 in the NHL in goals-for with 204. In addition, the man-advantage was horrendous, currently ranking 27 in the league at just 16.3 per cent efficiency. One area offense has been especially scarce has been the right wing. With Matt Stajan and Kris Versteeg set to have their contracts expire following this season, the Flames will have a few extra salary dollars to work with. The Flames may very well look to the free agent market this summer to try and bolster the right side. Here's a look at six potential free agent targets for the Flames. Rick Nash It's unlikely Rick Nash re-signs with the Boston Bruins this off-season, following his trade from...
March 29th, 2018
Flames Prospects

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Calgary Flames were expected to have one of the top defenses in the NHL, but it's safe to say that expectation didn't come to fruition. The offseason signing of Travis Hamonic gave the Flames arguably the best top-four in the league, at least on paper. Barring any trades, the top four of Hamonic, Dougie Hamilton, T.J. Brodie, and Mark Giordano will be around until at least the 2020-21 season, when the contracts of Brodie, Hamonic, and Michael Stone expire. But what will the Flames back end look like past then? One area the Flames have no shortage is talented defensive prospects. Here's how the blue line could look for the 2020-21 season and beyond. Mark Giordano: First Pairing/Power Play/Penalty Kill In all likelihood, Giordano is a Flame for life. It's hard to imagine the Flames trading him prior to his contract expiring following the 2021-22 season. While this has been one of his least productive seasons offensively, he's actually had...
March 26th, 2018
Calgary Flames

The 2017-18 season did not go the way the Calgary Flames had hoped. With Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan leading the offense, Travis Hamonic being brought in to bolster the blue line, and Mike Smith expected to deliver consistent goaltending, playoffs were expected to be a shoo-in. But then, inconsistency kicked in. Gaudreau and Monahan were lights out to start the year, Smith was looking like a potential Vezina Trophy candidate, and the power play was extremely effective. Of course, this was all early in the year. When it really mattered most, when the wins were an absolute necessity in order to make the playoffs, no one came to play. Scoring For the first few months of the season, Gaudreau and Monahan seemed unstoppable. Gaudreau was in early conversations for the Hart Trophy, while both he and Monahan were on pace to smash their previous career-highs in points. While the pair continued to light up the scoresheet and did go on to set new career-highs in points, their...
March 25th, 2018
Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames came into the 2017-18 season with very high expectations. Thanks to a second half skid those expectations will not be met. For the second time in three seasons, the Flames will be spectators when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. Here are the four primary reasons why the Flames will be idle after the regular season concludes on April 8. Lack of Scoring Depth The Flames have several forwards that can score with regularity. Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Micheal Ferland all have scored 20+ goals, while Sean Monahan has hit the 30-goal mark for the second time in his young career. Beyond that quartet, though, the offense dries up rather quickly. Mikael Backlund can put up numbers, but Michael Frolik is more of a defensive specialist at this point of his career. Once you get past that defined top six group, things get lean in a hurry. Mark Jankowski has emerged as a steady third line center, but his offensive game lacks finish. Sam Bennett has flash,...

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Theo Fleury - It's the Size of the Heart That Matters!

  Theo Fleury, born in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of three sons.  His father, Wally, also played hockey but an injury prevented him from reaching the professional ranks.  As with most young children in Canada, Fleury grew up skating and playing hockey at every opportunity, often... May 27th, 2017