In terms of their on-ice product, the Calgary Flames took a few steps back in the 2019-20 season after an all-around stellar performance in 2018-19. Despite both the on-ice and off-ice issues that they faced, they still competed in the 2020 postseason. After a first round exit to the Dallas Stars, the Flames sought to … Continue reading Visualising Calgary Flames shot attempts and goal distances from 2019-20
The all-Canadian division talk has been in hockey news circles for many weeks. The big reason for this being travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for anybody who crosses the border, and it looks increasingly like an all-Canadian division will exist in the 2020-21 NHL season. A wrinkle that hasn't been talked about nearly enough is … Continue reading Exploring what a taxi squad could look like for the Calgary Flames in 2020-21
There is an ongoing debate across the league around how best to organize lines. Does it make more sense for teams to stack their top players on the same line like David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron in Boston, or Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen in Colorado? Or, is it better to … Continue reading The Calgary Flames should consider shuffling their forward lines for more balanced scoring
The Flames have understandably been busy this offseason, and their moves have given them some flexibility with line combinations. In fact, this seems to have been a focus for GM Brad Treliving and his staff. With a number of middle and bottom six forwards added to the mix, there are lots of interesting options for … Continue reading The Calgary Flames should reorganize their forward lines for 2020-21
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Two years ago, Derek Ryan had a great season for the Flames. Playing alongside Garnet Hathaway and Andrew Mangiapane for a good portion of the year, Ryan gave the team a legitimate fourth line that was at times a real weapon for the team. Last season, his production dropped slightly, although not significantly, and Ryan … Continue reading Does it make sense for the Calgary Flames to trade Derek Ryan?
For years, the Calgary Flames have had a hole on the right side of their forward group. The acquisition of Elias Lindholm tempered that gap for a few seasons, putting up a career high in production his first year in Calgary. The trio of him with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan was unstoppable in 2018-19, … Continue reading The Calgary Flames should trade for Kyle Palmieri
In case you have been living under a rock, the Flames have been busy at the start of the offseason. A very successful entry draft was immediately followed by the signings and departures of various unrestricted free agents. As the team sits right now, the team's salary cap is near full but the roster needs … Continue reading Breaking down trade options available to the Calgary Flames
Much of the talk around the Calgary Flames since their first round playoff exit has been around the need for them to shake up their top line. Specifically, there have been calls about the Flames needing to trade Johnny Gaudreau or Sean Monahan. Since becoming a full-time presence in the NHL in the 2014-15 season, … Continue reading What should the Flames do with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan?
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 … Continue reading Buyout Beware: Who could the Flames buyout?