CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 17: Milan Lucic #17 of the Calgary Flames in action against the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 17, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Salary cap implications if the Flames buy out Milan Lucic for the expansion draft

Let's be very clear about one thing: The Calgary Flames will not be protecting Milan Lucic in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. His current contract includes a no movement clause (NMC) which basically means the furthest place he can go from the NHL club is the press box. The Flames can't send him to the … Continue reading Salary cap implications if the Flames buy out Milan Lucic for the expansion draft

Calgary Flames 5v5 arena-adjusted shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs Shots grouped by playoff series, Calgary distances shown on the positive y-axis, opponent distances shown the the negative y-axis. Shots are labelled as goals, shots, or misses. Chart by Bill Tran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from MoneyPuck.com

Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

The Calgary Flames made it through ten games during the 2020 Playoffs. In those ten games, the team showed glimpses of both greatness and mediocrity. On one hand, the Flames had a stellar goaltending performance courtesy of Cam Talbot, a couple players really stepped up their game, including Andrew Mangiapane, Dillon Dube, and even Milan … Continue reading Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

Recapping the news and notes from the Flames ‘virtual’ locker cleanout

After being eliminated in six games on Thursday evening to the Dallas Stars, the Flames were finally back in action. That is of course on the annual "locker cleanout" or "garbage bag day" that the Flames hosted virtually this year due to obvious reasons. There were lots of important topics covered by a wide range … Continue reading Recapping the news and notes from the Flames ‘virtual’ locker cleanout

Breaking down Milan Lucic’s three years with the Oilers

In a somewhat shocking move, the Calgary Flames traded James Neal to the Edmonton Oilers on July 19, 2019 for jumbo-sized winger Milan Lucic. Considered to hold one of the worst and most immovable contracts in the NHL, Lucic waived his no-move clause to come to Calgary, and as of right now, will be a … Continue reading Breaking down Milan Lucic’s three years with the Oilers

VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 7: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Vancouver Canucks and Milan Lucic #27 of the Edmonton Oilers skate up ice during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 7, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

A UFA Cautionary Tale: The 2016 free agent class is nightmare fuel

As the old saying goes, if you're building your team through free agency - you're probably doing it wrong. Sure, on July 1st there is always a huge opportunity for teams to make improvements by signing available free agents. Some come as big ticket players, while others come as depth signings, both inked for the … Continue reading A UFA Cautionary Tale: The 2016 free agent class is nightmare fuel

About Last Night #20: Tkachuk and Rittich lead Flames to thrilling victory against Oilers

The first edition of the Battle of Alberta between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers this season did not disappoint. It was mean. It was nasty. And boy, was it fun. With David Rittich in net, the Flames were looking to rebound from a bad stretch where they had lost three of their last four … Continue reading About Last Night #20: Tkachuk and Rittich lead Flames to thrilling victory against Oilers