Calgary Flames News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
FlamesNation: Breaking down Calgary versus Colorado using game score
Despite being heavy favourites heading into the playoffs, the Calgary Flames find themselves out of the race for the Cup after a 4-1 series defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. Succinctly, the Flames were beat by the better team. That's hard to digest, especially when looking at on-paper comparisons, but on the ice, that's exactly what happened.
As the old saying goes, anything can happen in the playoffs, and the Avalanche hitting their stride at the exact time the Flames were discombobulated is one of those things. It happens. It's true that hoping for career-best performances from the Flames again next season would be foolish and that not having a deep run this season was a missed opportunity.
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ESPN: Looking at the keys to the Calgary Flames offseason.
Assess their goaltending - Mike Smith had a good playoff, but the pending unrestricted free agent only posted .898 save percentage during the regular season.
26-year old David Rittich is a pending RFA. One-time goalie of the future Jon Gillies had a terrible AHL season.
Do they go looking for a goalie this offseason?
Sign Matthew Tkachuk - Sam Bennett's contract shouldn't be hard to get done.
FlamesNation: Injuries, mystery signings and disappointment: a garbage bag day wrap-up
The Calgary Flames gathered at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday for exit meetings and final chats with the assembled media. We've dug through all the interviews to provide a quick and dirty rundown of the day's discussions.<strong>Who's going to the World Hockey Championship?</strong>
The only player who's definitely going is Michael Frolik, who will represent the Czech Republic. Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin are reportedly mulling their options.
Definitely not going are Travis Hamonic (being a dad), Mikael Backlund (having a baby), Matthew Tkachuk (doesn't have a contract for next season yet) and David Rittich (injury).
FlamesNation: Calgary's postseason demise is simple to understand
Calgary's first round loss to Colorado is one of the more disappointing finishes I can remember in this city. Sure, expectations were sky high after the best regular season in 30 years, but it goes beyond that. The Flames were a shadow of the team they were en route to nailing down the top seed in the West and it's not hard to pinpoint why.<strong>Major departure</strong>
Calgary won 50 games during the regular season because, well, they were legitimately one of the league's best teams. The Flames were the league's fifth-best possession team, allowed the league's fewest shots per game, and limited scoring chances at an elite level.
Fansided: Amongst The Embers
I don't think that anyone really expected the season to end this quickly. I know I didn't. Yet here I am writing a season-ending piece in April. It isn't fun and it does not feel good. The Calgary Flames have now been eliminated in the first round 12 of their last 14 trips to the playoffs. *sigh*Wrapping up the playoffs
The Colorado Avalanche came into the playoffs one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winners of eight of their last ten games. After game 1, confidence was running high, as Mike Smith was in vintage playoff form and the Calgary Flames controlled the play, winning 4-0.
Matchsticks and Gasoline: Calgary Flames RFA Situation
After an unexpectedly early end to the 2018-19 campaign, it's time to shift towards planning for the Calgary Flames offseason. One of the first things on the mind of Flames fans should be some of the Flames pending restricted free agents who are due for raises this summer. Calgary looks like they'll be pretty tight on money this summer, so these contracts will be crucial for Brad Treliving to nail. Luckily he's had a good history with RFA's.
Here's a player by player look for this summer:
Obviously Tkachuk is by far the biggest deal the Flames will be signing this summer.
FlamesNation: Mike Smith's Flames tenure likely ended by cap crunch
Mike Smith played his best hockey for the Calgary Flames in the 2019 playoffs, making 188 saves during the five-game series. However, cap-related challenges for the 2019-20 season will probably end Smith's tenure with the team.<strong>A mediocre season followed by a great playoff round</strong>
Smith turned 37 years old in March. He's missed time due to injuries in each of the past four seasons, and he was outperformed this season to the point where David Rittich started just over half of the team's games. Statistically, Smith was in the bottom quarter of the league's regular goaltenders.
FlamesNation: FlamesNation Mailbag: Garbage bag day edition
Well, it's a disappointing end to a promising season. As the Flames sombrely sort through their own physical trash, let's join them, metaphorically.
what happened?this didn't look like the team that won fifty in the regular season and what are the changes that have to be done
-- flamesfreak243 (@flamesfreak243) April 20, 2019
The playoffs happened, and they went in cold. That's pretty much it.
The funny thing about the postseason is that the best teams rarely win. That's not a bug, but a feature. Teams play six and a half months of gruelling hockey and are then solely judged on a week or two at the end of it.
FlamesNation: Mark Giordano is a Norris Trophy finalist
In the aftermath of the Calgary Flames' disappointing playoff exit, some good news. Flames captain Mark Giordano has been announced as one of the three finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy.
Your 2019 Norris Trophy Finalists: Burns (SJ); Giordano (CAL); Hedman (TB)
-- Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 21, 2019
Giordano, 35, flat-out had the best season of his career, one of the best over-35 seasons in league history and one of the best seasons for a defenseman in Flames franchise history. He had 17 goals and 74 points in 78 games, and was one of the top all-around defensemen in the NHL.
Matchsticks and Gasoline: Mark Giordano Is A Finalist For The Norris Trophy
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 87 games, you know that Mark Giordano has had himself quite a season. The Flames Captain finished up the regular season with 17 goals and 57 assists, which were a career high in points (74) and assists. The Flames best blue liner was a herculean +39 on the year and had a career high in takeaways with 73. Due to his best season ever, Mark Giordano is now a finalist for the Norris Trophy which is awarded to the NHL's best defenceman.
FlamesNation: Mikael Backlund won't be going to the World Hockey Championship
In the aftermath of the Calgary Flames' playoff elimination on Friday night comes a bit of international competition news. Swedish reporter Jonatan Lindquist is reporting that Flames forward Mikael Backlund is skipping this year's World Hockey Championship... for a good reason.
Since @ryanleslie73 was nice enough to get me some followers in Alberta I'll do this one in English too: Mikael Backlund will not play for Sweden in the World Championship. The reason is he'll become a father in May. https://t.co/leNiiDBv7Y
-- Jonatan Lindquist (@Lindquistik) April 20, 2019
Backlund, 30, captained the Swedish national team to gold at last year's Worlds.
FlamesNation: Quips and Quotes: Flames lose to Avalanche 5-1
The Calgary Flames lost to the Colorado Avalanche by a 5-1 score on Friday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.<strong>(Another) game that got away from them</strong>
The Flames never led in this game. However, head coach Bill Peters liked their start but felt the game got away from them after awhile.
I didn't mind our start. I thought we were dangerous at times. I thought we had the penalty shot there early, and then it was 1-0.
.@BParkerTV recaps Game 5 in our final post-game wrap of 2018-19. https://t.co/5EETQ4xKag
"I don't think we played our best consistently though this series."Mike Smith on the match-up vs. the Avalanche. https://t.co/SwoUbPUSVs