What might the Flames do at the trade deadline?

Ryan Pike
February 06 2017 03:00PM


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In just over three weeks, the Calgary Flames are going to take part in one of the most unpredictable National Hockey League trade deadlines in recent memory. Due to a combination of league parity, a flat salary cap for next season and the impending addition of the Vegas Golden Knights via an expansion draft, we could see few big trades. Or because of the parity, a team or two might make a big swing to try to break away from the pack.

In terms of the local sports club, it's hard to tell exactly what the Flames will do on March 1. But here's what we can decipher as of right now.

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Looking at the Flames' cap for 2017-18

Ryan Pike
February 02 2017 12:00PM

Here's what we're reasonably sure of right now: the salary cap probably isn't budging next season. That means the Calgary Flames will have $73 million to spend on their roster for the 2017-18 season.

But, as always, there are some holes and some complications moving forward.

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Are the Flames too reliant on special teams for scoring?

Ryan Pike
January 31 2017 10:00AM

This season, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has a common refrain in post-game press conferences. Whether his club wins or loses, Gulutzan frequently notes that the key to winning in the National Hockey League is winning the special teams battle.

It's probably no coincidence then that the Flames began their resurgence (and their climb up the Western Conference standings) when their power play began scoring and their penalty kill became more adept at avoiding goals against. It's nice to see, because the Flames have been one of the least potent offensive clubs in the NHL when playing at even strength.

But are the Flames too reliant on special teams for scoring? And which players aren't pulling their weight offensively?

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Handicapping the Flames' awards chances

Ryan Pike
January 30 2017 02:00PM

The National Hockey League's All-Star Break is upon us and as we wait patiently for meaningful hockey to return, we turn our attention to other things. While we've dug into the numbers on a few other things, today we're going to take a quick look at something where numbers may or may not matter: the races for NHL year-end trophies.

More specifically, the three trophies voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association that Calgary Flames players have shots at winning this season.

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The Flames and the next goal: a statistical look

Ryan Pike
January 26 2017 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames haven't played amazingly well as of late and their game results reflect that. They have allowed the first goal in nine consecutive games. That in itself shouldn't be a back-breaker - our pal Garrett Hohl did an analysis of scoring first and conditional probability over at Hockey Graphs to illustrate that - but the Flames for some reason have crumpled when they get down one or (especially) two goals this season.

We dug into the numbers to check out just how challenged the Flames are at coming back from behind.

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