Canucks 5, Flames 1

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

It was the best of times, it was… well that actually pretty much sums up the Calgary Flames dream season of 2014/15.   Projected to be in the running for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Flames turned their pundits into believers as they scraped and scrapped their way back into the playoffs for the first time in six long years.

The wild ride was punctuated by a tale of two cities headed in opposite directions.  The Flames would take out the rival Vancouver Canucks in an exhilarating six-game series, complete with one more legendary comeback that defined their season long find-a-way-Flames legacy.

For a team that had seemed destined for their worst season in franchise history, not even Charles Dickens himself could have woven together such a fantastical story.

But with great success comes great expectations.

The Flames knew they would have a league-wide target on their collective backs headed into a fresh season.   And to his credit, General Manager Brad Treliving went to work in the summer solidifying his team. It started with the larcenous acquisition of Dougie Hamilton at the draft, and the signing of coveted free agent and fancy stat specialist Michael Frolik.  He brought back Karri Ramo to create competition in crease, instilling a four-headed goaltending monster featuring Ramo, Jonas Hiller, Joni Ortio, and Kris Russell.   And not done yet, he inked Mark Giordano to a favorable long term extension, locking up the captain and face of the franchise to anchor a ridiculously talented defensive core.

Add in the expected growth and maturation of the young crop of exciting forwards, the Flames certainly appear to be headed in the right direction as the 2015-2016 NHL season got underway Wednesday night in Calgary.

So what the heck happened?
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GDT – Canucks vs Flames – 8:00 – SN, TVAS2

October 7th, 2015 | Posted in Game Day | By: Mike Fawcett

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0 Points, Ranked # 1 in the West


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0 Points, ranked # 1 in the West

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2015 Summer Prospect Rankings – Summary

August 11th, 2015 | Posted in Prospect Rankings | By: D'Arcy McGrath

What better way to fill in those annoying gaps between the hockey season, the hockey off season, and the next hockey season than to conduct a series of 40 prospect polls in 40 days from early July until mid August.

I mean seriously, why would hockey think it should just go away, right?

For the third straight summer has solicited the voting opinion of its readership to rank the Calgary Flames prospects from one to the mid 30s.

As a result we’ve built up an interesting database of past opinions, some of which have proven astute, others completely off the mark.

With that we present our 2015 Calgarypuck Prospect Ranking Summary.

Thanks again for participating with your votes!


Rank Player % Vote Run Off
1 Sam Bennett 96% Poll
2 Emile Poirier 38% Poll
3 Jon Gillies 35% Poll
4 Micheal Ferland 44% Poll
5 Joni Ortio 63% Poll
6 Mark Jankowski 38% Poll Run Off
7 Brandon Hickey 57% Poll Run Off
8 Markus Granlund 47% Poll
9 Morgan Klimchuk 55% Poll
10 Oliver Kylington 43% Poll
11 Tyler Wotherspoon 39% Poll
12 Mason McDonald 29% Poll
13 Rasmus Andersson 54% Poll Run Off
14 Bill Arnold 46% Poll
15 Kenny Morrison 56% Poll
16 Ryan Culkin 32% Poll
17 Hunter Smith 42% Poll
18 Kenny Agostino 32% Poll
19 Brett Kulak 54% Poll Run Off
20 Ruslan Rafikov 43% Poll
21 Andrew Mangiapane 33% Poll
22 Austin Carroll 32% Poll
23 Garnet Hathaway 32% Poll
24 Patrick Sieloff 38% Poll
25 Keegan Kanzig 51% Poll
26 Adam Ollas Mattson 29% Poll
27 John Gilmour 51% Poll
28 Pavel Karnaukhov 49% Poll
29 Turner Elson 73% Poll
30 Bryce Van Brabant 33% Poll
31 Tim Harrison 32% Poll
32 Riley Bruce 53% Poll Run Off
33 Matt Deblouw 51% Poll
34 Derek Grant 74% Poll
35 Chad Billins/ David Wolf

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Flames Notes: Hamilton in the Fold Changes Team Progression

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I’m a patient guy.

When you hear Brian Burke and Brad Treliving desperately trying to temper expectations after a remarkably successful season that featured a playoff birth and series win, I get it.

The Flames won a lot of games after trailing.
The Flames won a lot of games despite being out “fancied”.
The Kings, Avalanche and Stars all had off years, and should step back into the “norm” when the 2015-16 season comes around.

The Flames were destined to be in a battle and possibly slide back out of the playoff picture, two occurrences that don’t for a second suggest anything is wrong with the rebuild as it stands, nor take the lustre off of a great 2014-15 season.

Did you notice that word “were” in my last statement?
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Flames Acquire Dougie Hamilton In Shocking Draft Day Deal

June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Two years ago today the Flames had a very different look to them.

Jay Feaster was the general manager.

The Flames had Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie, up front they had Mikael Backlund, they had a tiny prospect named Johnny Gaudreau that only the hardest core fans had heard of.

They were three months from dealing Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester for 1st round picks and had just said good bye to Miikka Kiprusoff. Those same hard core fans were doing the “Wiser” clap as the Flames were ushering in a rebuild after kidding themselves for a half decade.

The organization was 3 months away from hiring Brian Burke, six months away from firing Jay Feaster, and 10 months away from hiring Brad Treliving.
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