Wow. I can't say I am surprised that Geoff Ward was fired, nobody that follows this team should be. I can say that I am surprised that the firing happened after a 7-3 victory. It is unwise to speculate, but my only guess about the timing was that the Flames decided a few days ago, … Continue reading Calgary Flames Notebook: The Sutter era begins… again.
To celebrate the beginning of the Flames season and the return of hockey, the whole team here at The Win Column gathered on a zoom call to watch the game and talk hockey. Calgary lost that game, but there were more than a few moments when we looked at each other across our computer screens … Continue reading Calgary Flames Roundtable: What has been the biggest frustration this season?
This is as low of a point that I can remember in the history of this group. My colleague at TWC, John MacKinnon, put it well. https://twitter.com/johnmackinnon24/status/1365122689795461121 Something has gone rotten with this team, and it is going to take more than a players only meeting, a radio appearance by the GM, and a train … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: If there is a rebuild, who stays and who goes?
Let's talk special teams. The power play is always going to be one of the most important, and criticized units on a hockey team. It is the perfect storm of expectation. They feature a team's best players with a numbers advantage, and as a result, any struggles appear as a lack of effort. So far … Continue reading Flames Film Room: One simple change that will help the power play succeed
This time feels different. This Flames team has struggled many times before, for varying lengths of time, but this stretch feels different. On one hand, it's sort of bizarre considering the team hasn't been terrible from a standings perspective. After all, they went 2-2 against the Canucks, not 0-4. But it has been the way … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: When the going gets tough, the tough get going
Since Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan arrived in Calgary, playing on their right wing has been one of the most rewarding assignments on the team. Say what you want about the powerful duo, they have made a lot of money for their right wingers. First, it was Jiri Hudler, a small lefty with tons of … Continue reading It is time to end the Dominik Simon experiment with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan
A lot was made about the players only meeting that the Calgary Flames had last week. I have always been skeptical of players only meetings, because they always indicate that something is seriously wrong. What needs to be said that can't be aired out in front of the coaches? Regardless, the meeting was apparently an … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: Well, That Sucked.
It has been a bad week for the Calgary Flames. A week ago, the team was 2-0-1, and in position to take early control of the Scotia North division. Three losses later, the team is still in a fine spot in the standings, especially with less games played than anyone else in the league, but … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: Did the Hockey Gods punish the Flames?
The new season is upon us, and I am super excited to debut a new project this year. Friday Flames Notebook will be a weekly column that will come out at the end of every week, and will feature a number of my observations from throughout the week. The subject matter will vary, from analytics … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: Improved systems with the power play, top-six units, and active defensemen
The Calgary Flames' third game of the new season was a good example of the types of games the Flames lost last season. The first period was one of the team's worst in a long time. They looked flat, got brutally outshot, and if not for new goaltender Jacob Markstrom, would have been down by … Continue reading Flames Film Room: How Matthew Tkachuk changed the game without scoring a point