Buyout Beware: Who could the Flames buyout?

As the official offseason gets underway, the first major marker of the summer started this morning. The first buyout window is now officially open, allowing teams to utilize the strategy in preparation for the NHL Entry Draft and free agency. Buying out a contract is a method utilized by teams to either free up additional…

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Road to the Smythe: Evaluating the Blues’ best candidates

NHL award winners are almost never easy to predict. So many players make great cases for each award every year, and it's often difficult to pick a winner from so many deserving candidates. When it comes to the Conn Smythe, it's usually very easy, or very hard to pick a winner. With the St. Louis…

Visualising the 2018-19 Flames Three Star Selections

Calgary Flames 2018-19 three star selections data visualisation poster.

The Flames have been out of action for nearly a month now. It's not an easy pill to swallow seeing how wide open the playoffs have been and how the Flames aren't competing anymore, but there's still plenty of reason to feel good about the Flames. Let's not forget how good of a campaign they…

How the Flames couldn’t counter the Avalanche’s onslaught

Now that the ashes have settled, most fans will remember the 2018-19 Calgary Flames as the top seed in the West that bowed out in the first round, rather than the 50 win Pacific Division Champions. The recency of the first round exit, losing in five games against the underdog team, will mask a lot…

What went wrong for the Flames and where do we go from here?

Weirdly, it wasn't the most shocking or heartbreaking playoff exit of the season. The Calgary Flames, winners of the Pacific Division, winners of the Western Conference, and second overall in the NHL only to the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning, saw their season come to an end on home ice last night. After winning the first…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 5: The season’s over for the Flames

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Teammates of the Calgary Flames acknowledge the crowd after Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche on April 19, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames returned to the Saddledome trying to extend their postseason. With their backs against the wall, the Flames needed to string together three straight wins to get past the Colorado Avalanche. Things went south early for the Flames. Midway through the first, the Avalanche opened up the scoring. Gabriel Landeskog tipped a Tyson…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 4: Flames undone by poor puck possession in crucial Game 4 loss

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17: Mikko Rantanen #96 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the Calgary Flames in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

After what can only be described as a nightmare of a Game 3, the Calgary Flames looked to bounce back and tie their Round 1 series up at two games a piece. Mike Smith got his fourth straight start in net and looked to lock it down for the Flames. The first period started out…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 3: Flames dominated by Avalanche, blown out in Denver

DENVER, CO - APRIL 15: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after scoring a goal against the Calgary Flames in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 6-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the series tied at one game a piece, the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche headed to the mile high city for game three on Monday night. Coming off the overtime defeat on Saturday, the Flames were looking to regain their home ice advantage edge. The Flames would make one alteration to their lineup, with…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 2: Flames lose in overtime, series evened by Avalanche

After taking the first game of the series on Thursday, the Calgary Flames looked to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Colorado Avalanche. Coming off a 4-0 win, the Flames would keep the same lineup heading into game two. The Avalanche would surprisingly do the same, but hoping this time around to get a…