Sometimes you need to be lucky in order to be good. The Calgary Flames are not off to a good start, in fact they have begun the season with one of their worst in franchise history. To find some bounces to go their way would do wonders for their confidence. With only two wins on the season, and high expectations, everyone is surprised of this year’s installment of Flames looks like what last year’s was supposed to look like.
Heading into Edmonton and their newly resurgent franchise complete with an innumerable number out first round picks, a win would hopefully get the ball rolling in calories favorite. But there’s a problem. Actually three of them.
Here’s the post game vignette.
There’re times during this game that the Flames of old fans are used to seeing briefly appeared. It says that the team is still working out the kinks with new bodies and the new season. Here’s the post game vignette.
- I’m beginning to wonder whether or not the flames woes early on in the season is attributed to the coach’s insistence on playing favorites based on last years performance. How else can you explain Deryk Engelland playing on the second pairing on defence and failing horribly? Engelland was routinely caught out of position and to penalties as a result. Dougie Hamilton played third pairing minutes but saw increased playing time in the third period. I’m all for using him in which the coaches should’ve done early on in the season, but the Engelland experiment is done. Can’t wait for Brodie to come back and put an end to this misery.
- Speaking of defence the long-awaited return of Ladislav Smid is over. He returned to the lineup almost 9 months after facing injury. Is minutes on ice for limited but he faired pretty well.
There were few positives in this game as the Calgary Flames took another step back in their development. Right now, this team is this year’s Edmonton Oilers. Fans will be making gifs of 5 Flames players watching the puck like idiots and Capitals potting goal after goal. Here is tonight’s vignette.
There was a time when the Calgary Flames used to dominate the Edmonton Oilers in the battle of Alberta. That time was the past 10 years if not more. But over the past 10 years Edmonton has been gifted first round draft pick after first round draft pick, and although messing it up for nearly a decade has made the organization and the laughing stock in the league, they are getting better. As for the Calgary Flames, they’re getting worse.
Here are the post game vignettes.
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Calgary quickly visited Winnipeg for a single game before returning home to face the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night. The place look to get back on track after their recent loss against the St. Louis Blues. What we got instead was an average effort. Right now the team average while producing below average results.
- Mark Giordano is not playing good hockey. Behind of the rest of the defensive core struggles.
- Kari Ramo crapped the bad yet again. This is either a goaltender problem in his inability to cover the shortside (every single team in the league knows go short side because Ramo cheats), or it’s a goaltender coach problem.
- There zero secondary scoring from this team. Actually the second like got the only goal tonight, but the shots continue to favor the opposition every single game.
- Don’t even get me started on possession stats.
Lance Bouma is out until Winter with a knee injury. Granlund was called up but didn’t factor into the lineup. Backlund up to the second line and Raymond on the 4th line, which is weird given his recent improved play. Hartley seems to have an idea where this team is going, but doesn’t want to play the hot hand. Who gets the start tomorrow in the three goalie controversy? Give Ortio a shot, and for the love of god, trade Ramo.
Rather than offering postgame summaries FlamesForum well now all offer postgame vignettes.
Tonight was a demonstration of how the Calgary Flames stack up against an elite team in the league. In the past St. Louis is dominated the Flames, tonight you can see improvement but we’re still not there. mental lapses late in the period ultimately cost Calgary the game.
Some additional thoughts:
The second game of the season against the same team they faced in the season opener, but this time in Vancouver, the Calgary Flames looked to right the ship after putting up an abysmal season opener at home. Things got off to a good start with the visitors leading by one after the first. Vancouver tied it up and went up by one after two and it was the comeback kids finding their form in the third period, applying pressure like we remember.
The Flames are still out of sync in the backend, and are struggling to find offence. Most notably, their philosophy for the new supposedly ‘exciting’ three on three overtimes, the Flames’ employ a TWO D man strategy. What? This is supposed to be fun to watch, not three dudes on ice passing the puck. Go out and win Bob, don’t stay at home. The winning combos came off a lucky break in OT when Wideman managed to poke the puck on what would’ve been a clear cut breakaway for one of the Sedins. Instead Gaudreau broke in alone and scored the OT winner. 2 forwards and 1 D man on the ice at that time.
It’s early October which means regular-season hockey is upon us. Coming out of camp Calgary had fewer decisions to make due to injury and waivers. The only question mark sat in the crease with the team carrying three goaltenders. Despite having the worst numbers in the pre-season, Kari Ramo was tapped as the starter for the season opener. He carried the Flames through their playoff run including the series victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver’s season ended in the Saddledome last April, at least on paper the team is arguably not as good and not as young. But the aging superstars and some unknown rookies stepped up for the Canucks. The Sedin’s controlled the game and generated what seemed to be more chances than the entire Flames team who had no answer to the mid-season form.
I guess the hope of a shiny new sports arena with all the bells and whistles is going to cost. For the most part, fans/citizens are both interested and excited about the prospect of a new arena in downtown Calgary. THe only problem? The cost. Almost everyone I’ve talked to welcomes the idea, but not at the expense of any taxpayer money. The ownership group would have it differently with around 25%+ coming from the taxpayers coffer. That amounts to 250+million. The other side of the coin is the ticket-sale ‘tax’ where fans will pay incrementally with higher ticket prices.
Everyone seems to be on board with this idea, if you love the Flames and pay to watch, then you’ll pay for the new arena too. But how high have ticket prices gone? Well, we know now, it’s double. Sometimes more than double.
For example, you can purchase 9-game packs: 8 regular season games, 1 pre-season. Two seasons ago, if you were to buy this pack it would cost about $853 for TWO seats. This year, a single seat 9 game pack is $873, more than double. And this is the same section, second level near the top.
Wanna see the Canucks, Oilers, or Canadiens? Better get ready to dish out some serious cash. Press Level seats (aka nosebleeds) are going for over $200 for the Montreal game.
In the free-market enterprise you design your pricing based on what the market will allow. If fans will pay the prices, then cudos to ownership, they should charge what they can. It does make Flames’ tickets among the most expensive in the league, but if the market will allow it, then have at ‘er. Of course, if you want to act as a free market engine on one hand, you’ll be hard pressed to challenge for public dollars on the other. Not sure if you can have your cake and eat it too
But my sense is, deep down inside, everyone knows public money will be in someway contributed to the project, it’s only a matter of how much.
Official training camp has yet to open, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an increase in activity at the Flames camp. Here are some recent updates surrounding the team.
– The ownership unveiled their CalgaryNext project for a new arena for both the Flames and the Stamps. The project is slated for development in the West Downtown location and comes with a hefty price tag likely to exceed 1 billion. The vision is ambitious, however, the general consensus among Calgarians is no public money.
– Mark Giordano signed a contract extension worth 6.75$ for six years. He likely left money on the table, but took the term length. The deal makes sense for Giordano in the shorterm, but we’ll see what the deal looks like in 5 years.