Flames' Top Unit Igniting Potent Attack

Flames' Top Unit Igniting Potent Attack

December 7th, 2018 If you're looking for a major reason as to why the Calgary Flames find themselves currently sitting atop the Pacific division standings you need to look no further than the outstanding play of their top line . Elias Lindholm continued what's so far been a terrific first year in Calgary by netting...
Flames Blank Wild on Smith Shutout

Flames Blank Wild on Smith Shutout

December 7th, 2018 CALGARY — Mike Smith posted a 31-save shutout for the Calgary Flames in a 2-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Calgary's goaltender earned his second shutout of the season and improved to 5-0 in his last five games. Elias Lindholm scor...

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December 1st, 2018
Calgary Flames

The William Nylander contract saga finally drew to a close today, but it will have repercussions for the Calgary Flames as Matthew Tkachuk’s second contract looms. Tkachuk has been the Flames’ major breakout player this year, on pace for an 89-point season in the final year of his entry-level deal. His numbers will likely come down once his shooting percentage regresses to normal – he is shooting 21.1% through 25 games, well above his career average of 12.7%. Still, his 5-on-5 shooting percentage (7.7%) is in line with the last few seasons, with a below-baseline on-ice PDO of 98.3. In a nutshell, even if he slows down, 70+ points in his third season seems like a conservative estimate. Tkachuk has been eligible to re-sign since July 1; in February, Pat Steinberg argued that "for numerous reasons, there’s no reason for things to drag on much longer than that." However, the Nylander negotiations have thrown a wrench into this. Although Flames fans love to make fun...
December 1st, 2018
Los Angeles Kings

CALGARY — Mikael Backlund had two goals and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames (15-9-2), who sit atop the Pacific Division standings with 3...
November 30th, 2018
Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters got hit in the face a few days ago. An errant shot zoomed over the wall and smacked him right on the jaw. It required eight stitches to repair the injured jaw, but for a tough hockey veteran like Peters, it's no big deal. After being attended to he came back to his spot behind the bench and coached the rest of the game. At USAToday.com Peters is quoted as having said, "They did a good job, got me stitched up and back to work. ... Hopefully, it's the last time, but I doubt it." Spoken like a hockey guy, for sure, but would anyone expect anything less from Peters? He's old-school hockey, and right now has his Flames atop the Pacific Division with 30 points. Getting hit did not tamper down Peters' humor. He joked with the media after the game that "Every day is a rough day for my face." https://twitter.com/NHLFlames/status/1066842284858126336 Good Riddance for Some Fans of the Hurricanes? One does not have to look very hard to...
November 30th, 2018
Calgary Flames

In the lifespan of most National Hockey League clubs, the previous team plan has to be thrown into the ocean and a new one drawn up. Even when things go incredibly well, players get old or expensive (or both) and a new course is charted by the team's leadership. The Calgary Flames embarked upon a rebuild following the 2012-13 season. Their recent on-ice success, emerging as one of the Pacific Division's best teams through the first chunk of the 2018-19 season, suggests that perhaps their rebuilding process has reached its conclusion. The Flames' Gradual Decline The Flames nearly won the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, which was followed by the 2004-05 lockout and a dramatic shift in rules and playing style within the NHL. The 2003-04 Flames, as built by general manager Darryl Sutter, were a meat-grinder of a hockey club, designed by Sutter to take advantage of any wiggle room within the rules to win games in the trenches. When the Flames reconvened in 2005-06, they found themselves...

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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 14th, 2018