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Why Are the Flames so Bad at Home?

Why Are the Flames so Bad at Home?

February 19th, 2018 Heading into the home stretch of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, the Calgary Flames are a team that has accomplished several things. Mike Smith has cemented himself as a top-flight starting goaltender. Johnny Gaudreau has pushed himself into the upper echelon of NHL scorers. But...
Flames Finally Commit to Mikael Backlund

Flames Finally Commit to Mikael Backlund

February 17th, 2018 It's often said that good things come to those who are willing to wait for them. It's almost fitting, then, that the Calgary Flames and Mikael Backlund both remained patient and ended up getting what they ultimately wanted: a long term commitment. The Flames and Backlund have inked a six...

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January 30th, 2018
Calgary Flames

Only two weeks ago, everything was rolling along perfectly for the Calgary Flames and their fans. The team had just won their seventh straight game, and had climbed into a divisional playoff spot. Fast forward to the present day, and the Flames have now lost four straight games, and according to many fans, big changes need to be made, including saying goodbye to head coach Glen Gulutzan. But, realistically, Flames fans need to relax -- the situation is nowhere near as bad as many of them are making it out to be. Flames Have Points in 11 Straight Games Yes, the Flames are riding a four-game losing streak heading into the home stretch following the all-star break, but fans seem to be forgetting they've picked up a point in each of those four losses. Obviously two points are always better, but to come away with points in all four losses is still huge. If the Flames had went on a four game run such as loss-win-loss-win, fans wouldn't be raising anywhere near the fuss they...
January 30th, 2018
Calgary Flames

When the Calgary Flames signed Jaromir Jagr at the end of training camp, there were skeptics trumpeting worst-case scenarios. He's 45 years old, they said. He's not as fast as he used to be, they said. He wouldn't be able to keep up, they said, especially without any kind of training camp. It wouldn't be worthwhile to make Jagr a Flame, even for just a year. In the end, the skeptics were right. But at the same time, they were also incredibly wrong. Despite how things ended, with Jagr returning to the Czech Republic to finish out the season (and potentially ending his NHL career), bringing him into the fold was a worthwhile gamble. Mixed On-Ice Results Jagr was on the Flames' roster for 49 games, but only played 22 – he missed 27 games due to recurring groin and knee injuries that likely were a product of his missing all of Flames training camp and rushing to get into game shape. He amassed one goal and six assists in his stint with the Flames, a far cry from even his least...
January 29th, 2018
Flames Goaltending

On June 17, 2017, Mike Smith was acquired by the Calgary Flames from the Arizona Coyotes for goaltender Chad Johnson, defense prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round pick. At the time, many were skeptical about the deal wondering what they were getting in a ‘below-average’ goaltender from Arizona. However, Smith has proven himself this season with the Flames.  https://twitter.com/DarrenWHaynes/status/954839777638887425 Most Valuable Goalie As is true of any team, if you don’t have someone solid between the pipes you’re not going to get very far. Smith is the Flames' most valuable player this season, putting the team in a great spot for the final stretch. With help from the talented roster, Smith has fit in well with the Flames. Team Canada General Manager Sean Burke spoke highly of him in a recent interview with Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, “To his credit he went out with an open mind, changed a few things in his game and here he is now, he’s...
January 27th, 2018
Calgary Flames

From a contract management standpoint, the Calgary Flames are sitting pretty this year. Having already gone through some protracted contract negotiations in recent summers with Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett, and having signed long-term deals for Dougie Hamilton, Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie, the Flames have no big negotiations to delve into this summer. Well, except for Mikael Backlund, who has quietly established himself as the best two-way center on the team and perhaps the key cog in making the entire team run properly on the ice. With the trade deadline looming and Backlund's current contract expiring on July 1, the Flames need to face a simple truth: they need Backlund. Patience in Development A product of Vasteras, Sweden - located just an hour outside Stockholm - Backlund was selected by the Flames 24th overall in the 2007 NHL Draft. He spent another season in Sweden, then signed with the Flames over the summer and was moved to the Western Hockey...

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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