2013-2014 Calgary Flames Player Review

Well another season and come and gone, only this time there were no expectations for playoffs. In fact, there were few expectations at all. Because of the clean slate, Flames fans were delightfully impressed. Even though Calgary sat 5th worse in the entire league, it was the team’s play down the stretch that left the faithful feeling less helpless then say, you know, those fans further North.

No playoff hockey still means a failure, so how about we take a look at these players and offer up some thoughts about their progress / contributions?

In alphabetical order.

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Cool Infographic All-Time Performance of NHL Franchises

With the Calgary Flames rolling rookie after rookie, not sitting in the basement, yet still quite far away from contending, this graph offers a nice historical picture of the franchise and all others. Thank God for the 80s.
Courtesy of Sportchart.

Watch Calgary Flames Games Online Free

The first way you can watch Flames Games online reliably is through NHL Gamecenter. Although that option isn’t free you are assured you won’t miss a game, especially important if you’re an avid fan and you don’t live in Calgary. Calgarians who have cable should be able to get every single game now with any package with Sportsnet. CBC, TSN, and Sportsnet will cover all games, PPV doesn’t exist for Flames games.

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Calgary Flames Annihilate Lowly Edmonton Oilers

The Calgary Flames demolishing of the Edmonton Oilers yesterday in Edmonton to the tune of 8-1 was the largest point spread EVER in the battle of Alberta. What’s going so wrong in Edmonton? Here are some thoughts on the game, add yours below.

  • Is this perhaps the longest rebuild in NHL HISTORY? Edmonton can’t get it right despite 3 #1 and a #2 pick from the drafts. That doesn’t include their most recent top 10 pick.

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Another Trade Deadline Comes and Goes

Reto Berra and Lee Stempniak Traded

The waiting game for Flames fans took until the final seconds of the trade deadline during this 2014 edition. Everyone knew what was in play from Calgary. With a number of UFAs, chief among them Mike Cammalleri, and in year 1 of a rebuild, jettisoning bodies for picks was the expectation. For whom–not who would be traded–was the news fans were waiting for.

Turns out the number of moves disappointed most. The players that did move were somewhat of a surprise, but it was who didn’t move that surprised even more.

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Flames Take Season Series: Calgary 5 – Chicago 4 (OT)

Buddy rang me up at ten to 4 and said he had box seats for the game. I actually sat and thought for a moment. Did I want to watch the Flames lose yet again. Sure, they’ve been on a bit of a run, but I wasn’t thinking if they’d lose, but rather, by how much.

But hey, box seats are box seats and I had nothing to do other than to catch up on some Sunday TV on the PVR. I’d be watching the game, albeit in FFWD, anyways so off I went.

I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from the parking ticket I got from my ‘secret’ parking spot a block away from the ‘Dome, the evening was entertaining complete with free beer and, get this, a Flames win against the Stanley Cup Champs in over-time no less.

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Flames Dropped in Shoot-out After Brawl in Vancouver

Don’t post many updates because a) the Flames suck, b) they aren’t playing entertaining hockey. That changed on national coverage in Vancouver. A team with Cup aspirations barely squeaked out a victory in a shoot-out. But first, some context.

Vancouver’s coming off a 9-1 beatdown courtesy of Anaheim. They are looking to deflect attention and respond on the ice. Tortorella knows this and will play the game of deflecting attention.

Now for some key points to the puck drop and good ol fashion pointless brawl beatdown.

Moronic Tortorella Should Face Fines

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Rare Win: Calgary 4 – Colorado 3

The Flames are in the bottom three. That’s the bottom three teams in the entire league. All isn’t a wash since we’re still ahead of Edmonton, but winning and even scoring goals have been hard to come by in the past month. The Flames had a grand total of ONE goal in the past four games, of course, they lost all 4.

In a brief road swing opening in Colorado, a team they see for the last time this season, most expected much of the same. When you can’t generate shots and you can’t score the remedy to success is throwing pucks to the net and that’s exactly what got Calgary on the board first with a first period tally courtesy of Sean Monhan’s 12th of the season that banked off a defender.

The Flames will take anything.

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Wow. What a Christmas Send Off: Calgary 4 – St Louis 3 (SO)

One thing you get from the this Flames team is consistent effort. Lately, they haven’t been winning many games, but they’ve always been close. The missing piece? Talent. Or rather, a superstar who could be the difference maker. The Flames miss a couple pieces, and unfortunately for them, you can’t really go out and buy those pieces. If they had them, well, things would look a lot better, and the team that scrapes together wins against top NHL clubs, they’d have a few more wins themselves.

Calgary did really well against the visiting Blues. Sure, they were were missing their top goal scorer, but the Flames are missing a handful of top players as well.

What clicked today was the powerplay and a relentless attitude to stay the course and not give up. It paid off with seconds to spare.

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Calgary Flames 2 – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (OT)

Late game heroics aren’t the MO for the Calgary Flames. What they’re known for is blowing third period leads and folding the tent late. This same thing happened in this game. Devoid of offence once again, albeit they’re improving their defensive play, Calgary squandered their third period lead but managed to pull the game out of the hat in the exciting dying seconds of the overtime frame.

The ‘Done was a bit of a circus pre-game with the morning announcement of a management shuffle. Brian Burke fired Jay Feaster and his assistant GM John Weisbrod.

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