It was a year ago today that the Calgary Flames dealt Dion Phaneuf to the center of the universe.
A year? Really? Has it been that long?
The trade was this: Dion Phaneuf, Freddie Sjostrom, and Keith Aulie to Toronto for Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, and Ian White.
So who won this deal? Is it still too early to tell? Did nobody win this deal?
What do the stats tell us?
Well from a team standpoint, Toronto is languishing away in 12th spot in the East, six games under .500 and 14 points out of a playoff spot and destined to miss the playoffs for the 6th straight year. The Flames are also in 12th spot in their respective conference but are three games above .500 and ...
What can I say?
This team is playing great hockey. Led by superb goaltending from Miikka Kiprusoff, special teams prowess, and secondary scoring, the Calgary Flames find themselves two points out of a playoff spot heading into the All Star break.
The power play has figured things out. They have potted six goals on their last 17 chances, which include four goals in their two games on the man-advantage. The power play is overshadowing the penalty kill in a big way though. They haven’t allowed a PP goal against in their last four contests going perfect on 14 opposition chances. They are consistently keeping the opposing shots to the perimeter and playing solid defence.
The 6-0 ...
January 18th, 2010. The Flames lose 9-1 to the San Jose Sharks in the midst of a streak that would inevitably crush any playoff aspirations they had last season.
January 19th, 2011. The Flames are embarrassed, 6-0, on home ice by the Minnesota Wild, crushing all hope that had been slowly building up over the past two weeks.
Hold the phone. The Wild did this to the Flames? The 3rd lowest scoring team in the Western Conference just gave Calgary the ol’ “how’s your father?” Yikes. It doesn’t get much worse.
Surrendering 11 goals in two games is never a good thing either.
Kipper can’t stop a beach ball, which is adds to growing list of problems this team h...
Here I was all ready to write a blog about how the Flames were blown out in Montreal. How Kipper was pulled for the 2nd time in less than a week, and how despite hitting numerous posts, the Flames were still unable to find the back of the net.
But wait...there’s more to this game than meets the eye – unfortunately it’s not a two tonne semi trailer that turns into an ass kicking robot.
Tonight was not unlike a playoff game in 2004 when the Flames were down 4-0, at home, to the Vancouver Canucks and stormed back to send it to sudden death overtime. That was until Brendan Morrison crushed the hearts of Flames fans, temporarily, with a goal in triple overtime to send the series bac...
That’s the percentage chance, according to sportsclubstats.com, that the Flames have of making the playoffs this year. It went up from 0.2% yesterday with losses to the Kings, Sharks, and Preds last night.
One small step for man...
The Flames also have played equal or less games to those teams they are chasing -- three less than the Ducks, two less than the Hawks and Sharks, and one less than the Avs and Yotes. Call them small consolations to the inevitable fact the Flames will miss the playoffs for the second straight year. The Flames still sit nine points back of 8th spot – like an elephant trying to catch a cheetah, it’s just not going to happen.
But hold the ph...
Where: Opening night at the Scotiabank Saddledome
The Flames take the ice for the first time in a new season full of questions and hope. One season removed from falling totally off the Western Conference radar and into hockey oblivion, the Flames are looking to be re-born.
They are led onto the ice not by Miikka Kiprusoff, but by Leland Irving, their first round pick from 2006. Kipper was dealt in mid August back to San Jose, who faltered last season without the services of a reliable number one net minder. It will be strange without Kipper between the pipes, but the Flames received Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers, and a 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2012, which should help with the healing p...
41 games down, 41 games to go – and they are going to be long 41 games at that.
Sitting 14th in the Western Conference, six points back of 8th place, hopes for a miracle run are fading in a hurry. It doesn’t help the situation when a majority of teams ahead of the Flames have played fewer games than them, making it doubly hard to gain any sort of ground.
Did I mention that you have to actually win games to gain ground as well? Right. Another stopping point in their quest for legitimacy.
Jay Feaster is apparently conjuring up two separate master plans for the future of the Flames organization: one if they are out of contention and one if they are in contention. Well, Jay, you ...
Goosebumps can be caused by many things. Being scared, excited, nervous, cold, anxious, etc.
So is it wrong that I had them running down my arms when I heard the news that Darryl Sutter was no longer the General Manager of the Calgary Flames today?
To say I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time would be an understatement. It all happened so fast. One minute I’m strapping on my own skates to take part in a Canadian winter tradition of playing hockey outdoors. The next thing I know my phone is erupting with text messages and phone calls informing me that Darryl Sutter resigned/was forcefully told that his services were no longer needed.
I didn’t know whether to keep pla...
TSN is reporting that Darryl Sutter has stepped down as the Calgary Flames executive Vice President and General Manager, after seven years with the organization.
Assistant GM and former manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning Jay Feaster will take over his duties on an interim basis, effective immediately.
More on this story as it develops.
Updated Story from TSN:
[quote]A shakeup in Calgary is underway as the Flames announced Tuesday that Executive Vice-President and general manager Darryl Sutter is stepping down effective immediately.
Jay Feaster has been appointed Acting General Manager and will assume full and complete responsibilities for day-to-day hockey operations.
The Flames are on a roll – sort of.
Winners of their last two games, and four of their last five under the Dome, the Flames climbed to within six points of 8th spot in the western conference. Let’s just ignore the fact that the Flames have played more games than pretty well everyone else in the conference save the Ducks.
Olli Jokinen has six goals in his last nine forcing most people to hide their distaste for the Finnish centerman. He’s playing how he should be playing, and that’s what the Flames him to do. Let’s hope he keeps it up.
Jarome Iginla has points in 13 of his last 14 contests – six goals and ten assists. He looks good and as was evident in that fight again...