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Flames captain Giordano up for Norris Trophy There's a good chance the Norris Trophy could be heading to Calgary and Sunday's news confirmed it. Mark Giordano along with San Jose's Brent Burns and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman were announced as the three nominees for the National Hockey League's prestigious award for top best defenceman.
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.
You be the boss: How would you fix the Calgary Flames? Take our survey Why overcomplicate things? Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has to consider a salary-cap ceiling, no-trade clauses, arbitration rights, waiver eligibility and all that mumbojumbo. In our annual You Be The Boss poll, we prefer to keep it much more simple.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: What Went Wrong for the Calgary Flames In the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Calgary Flames got upset in five games. What happened to them that caused the upset?
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.
Amongst The Embers The Calgary Flames have now been eliminated in the first round 12 of their last 14 trips to the playoffs. sigh*. The Colorado Avalanche came into the playoffs one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winners of eight of their last ten games.
How the Flames couldn't counter the Avalanche's onslaught Now that the ashes have settled, most fans will remember the 2018-19 Calgary Flames as the top seed in the West that bowed out in the first round, rather than the 50 win Pacific Division Champions.
NHL Rumors: The Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres Would a Neal for Kyle Okposo trade work? Okposo has four years left as well but at a $6 million cap hit. It's a deal that could work for both players and both teams. Lance Lysowski: If the Winnipeg Jets were to fire Paul Maurice, he should be at the top of the Buffalo Sabres list of potential head coaches.
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.
Backlund declines world championship invite Mikael Backlund has a good reason for declining an invite to play for Sweden the upcoming IIHF world championships. The 30-year-old Calgary Flames centre and his wife, Frida, are expecting the couple's first child at the beginning of May.
Tough decisions ahead for Flames The Calgary Flames know it. The only question, really, is how much change is on its way? With any hockey team, it's inevitable that the roster will face some upheaval in the off-season. The Flames are no exception. "It's hard," Flames head coach Bill Peters said.
Flames sign draftee Pospisil It was the morning after his Calgary Flames season ended. But GM Brad Treliving was still working. On Saturday, the Flames announced that they'd signed 19-year-old forward Martin Pospisil to a three-year entry-level contract.
After a season to remember, Calgary Flames grapple with playoff debacle "At that point, a lot of thoughts go through your mind. "We weren't expecting it after the season we had. Nobody saw this coming. It is tough to swallow. It is going to be a long summer." Avalanche boot top-seeded Flames in five games. MacGregor: Can a Stanley Cup final in June possibly top what we saw in Round 1?
GILBERTSON: Biggest off-season question for Flames is… It was a wonderful winter. It was a short spring. As the Calgary Flames digest the frustration and finality of their first-round playoff ouster, this is perhaps the biggest question of them all - which, really, should be considered the surprise?
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.
Smith's future with the Flames unclear As Friday's game wound down, some fans well on their way to the parking lot, the chants started modestly and got louder. "SMIT-TY" "SMIT-TY" It was a rollercoaster season for the 37-year-old Calgary Flames goalie, but it said a lot about how he finished it by the fans' reaction.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Kate Smith's racist songs of the past takes top story in the NHL; Avalanche go right through Fl Photo from azcentral.com: A worker covers a statue of singer Kate Smith near the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt:.
Flames' Dream Season Buried by Avalanche The second-best team in the NHL in 2018-19, the Calgary Flames lost to the wild card Colorado Avalanche in the five games in the first playoff round.
3 players the Calgary Flames should trade after playoff exit The Calgary Flames must clear cap space and move out some players after losing to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the postseason.
Flames sign Martin Pospisil to entry-level contract Despite an untimely end to the Flames' season, there's still work to be done for the team. They've checked one item off of their list by signing forward prospect Martin Pospisil to a three-year entry-level contract. Pospisil was the Flames' first pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, taken in the fourth round at 105th overall.
What went wrong for the Flames and where do we go from here? Weirdly, it wasn't the most shocking or heartbreaking playoff exit of the season. The Calgary Flames, winners of the Pacific Division, winners of the Western Conference, and second overall in the NHL only to the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning, saw their season come to an end on home ice last night.
Reset your expectations: Five games does not a season make The Flames finished the regular season at the top of the Western Conference: something probably very few people expected to happen. At times, they looked like they were worthy of that standing. At other times, they did not. It's the latter that was easy to forget going into the playoffs, but that also proved the most accurate.
Colorado Avalanche Steamroll Past Calgary Flames in Five Games The power play was on the side of Calgary. But in the key moments… the Avalanche owned the Flames in the decisive part of all games. The Flames had a good power play, but it failed in the most important situations. Talking about squandering the third period lead in Game 2 and Game 4.
2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Five reasons the Calgary Flames were upset by the Colorado Avalanche The Calgary Flames are dead. The Western Conference's top-seeded team was eliminated after just five games, dispatched by the eighth-seeded Colorado Avalanche in pretty convincing fashion.
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