When the trade was made on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft, a lot of eyebrows were raised. Both at the names involved, and just how much the teams were swinging for the fences with the move. For those wanting a quick refresher on the deal, the Flames sent D Dougie Hamilton, D Adam Fox, and F Micheal Ferland to the Carolina Hurricanes for D Noah Hanifin and F Elias Lindholm. Let's break down how each individual NHL player has been doing with their new team, and then seeing the effect on the team as a unit. Players Elias Lindholm - CGY Since adding Lindholm to the forward core, along with other offseason additions, the Flames have had a great deal of flexibility on how they've set up and
In order to keep their personnel focused on the task at hand, National Hockey League coaches break down the season into segments. And the in-house approach of Bill Peters,' into his first campaign as the Calgary Flames head coach, is to split the season into five-game stretches. “Seven-games is too long for the coaches,” Peters said with a chuckle. “The players are good but the coaches don't have the attention span.” It's a way of containing the 82-game slate, and not letting the task at hand (playoffs) get too far out of reach or to lose sight during the dog days of the season. Some coaches take the NHL season in seven games, which simulates the rigours of a playoff series, but with a five-games-at-a-time
Yes, it's early, like 5 games into the season early. HOWEVER, you can't deny that things on the Flames bench are different. Whether you liked the Bill Peters signing or not, he's running his ship completely different than Glen Gulutzan did and in the end, it might be the thing that helps get the Flames back into the playoffs. No, Peters doesn't score goals. No, he doesn't make saves. What he has to do is set the tone and change the culture and he seems to be perfectly fine with rocking the boat. Just ask Mark Jankowski and Michael Frolik. Neither player has been horrid so far this season, yet they haven't been great either. The solution? Bill Peters scratches both of them. Jankowski sat for two
They would be welcoming one or the other — and were tickled either way. The Calgary Flames owned the sixth-overall selection in the 2013 NHL draft, and the way they predicted things would unfold before their podium visit, they would be picking whomever was still available from this pair of forward prospects — Sean Monahan or Elias Lindholm. “We were sitting there knowing we were going to get a good frickin' player at No. 6,” recalled Tod Button, the longtime director of amateur scouting on the southern side of the NHL's Battle of Alberta. “This may sound a little bit petty, but I was happy that Carolina took Lindholm at No. 5 because then I knew that Edmonton wasn't going to get him. They got
DENVER (AP) — The Calgary Flames' strong finish rendered their slow start into an afterthought. Elias Lindholm scored the tying goal with 1:54 left in regulation and Johnny Gaudreau put in a goal in the first minute of overtime, lifting the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Calgary trailed 2-0 on first-period goals by Colorado's J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon, who scored 11 seconds into the game. But the Flames regrouped after a timeout following the Avalanche's second goal and a pep talk from their coach, Bill Peters. "He said that there was plenty of time left and we had to get skating," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. "We weren't even moving the
With a chance to break the franchise record for goals to begin a season Saturday night, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon needed less time than it takes to tie his skate laces. In a “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center, MacKinnon, a Canadian, won the opening faceoff and scored at 11 seconds. It was the second-quickest goal to begin a game in club history — Antti Laaksonen scored eight seconds into the first period on Feb. 10, 2006 — it was the beginning of what would become the best first period of the Avs' young season. Second-year center J.T. Compher doubled Colorado's lead at 2:40, but the Avs struggled from the start of the second period and were in position to win the game only behind the stellar goaltending of Semyon Varlamov.
The Calgary Flames' strong finish rendered their slow start into an afterthought. Elias Lindholm scored the tying goal with 1:54 left in regulation and Johnny Gaudreau put in a goal in the first minute of overtime, lifting the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Calgary trailed 2-0 on first-period goals by Colorado's J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon, who scored 11 seconds into the game.
DENVER — Well put. “This league … ” said Calgary Flames forward Garnet Hathaway, allowing himself a sliver of time to reminisce as he prepared for this milestone moment, “it's pretty addictive.” Hathaway, hooked, reached the 100-game plateau in Saturday's road clash against the Colorado Avalanche, finally turned loose after being a healthy scratch in four straight contests to start this new season. “It kind of feels like a first game right now,” Hathaway said after morning skate at Pepsi Center. “It's a nice milestone for me, I think … But as much as you look forward to milestones, you have to look to the next game. Because it could end just like that, right? You just never know.” Now 26, Hathaway
ST. LOUIS David Perron likes his new line. Perron scored his fourth career hat trick, Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Thursday night. Joel Edmundson also scored and Brayden Schenn had three assists as the Blues won for the first time this season. Jake Allen made 31 saves. Before the game, Blues coach Mike Yeo moved Perron up to the second line with Schenn and Jaden Schwartz. "It's quite different for sure," Perron said. "Kind of what I was used from last year. It's great. I thought (Steen's) goal really gave us some energy, too. It was good." James Neal, Derek Ryan and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames. Mike Smith was pulled
The Calgary Flames journey to the mid-west continues as they take on the St. Louis Blues. So far they're undefeated in the states in a very small sample size as they just defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of three to nothing. It was the Flames worst analytical game of the season, but Mike Smith managed to return to form and had a magnificent performance and carried the Flames to victory. St. Louis does not look to be any type of slouch in their own right. They lost Carter Hutton in the offseason which may hurt them depending on which version of Jake Allen they get (and so far the Jake Allen they've gotten has been nothing short of horrendous), but the addition of Ryan O'Reilly should