The Flames break for their mandated bye week on a season high 7 game win streak, and holding the 2nd place spot in the Pacific Division. The guys chat about what has changed, and how the AHL callups have been instrumental in the team’s success – and who is likely to stay in the NHL after the bye week. With all the forward callups, what is the Flames depth like on Defence? And what roster moves need to be made to allow some rookie blueliners to make the team?
We look ahead to the schedule and what to expect after the break, and a whole lot more news about the red hot Calgary Flames.
We discuss this week’s two big wins for the Flames, Freddie Hamilton’s waiver claim, and the apparent upcoming separation between the Flames and Jaromir Jagr – and what it means for the team. We’ll answer some questions submitted by our listeners and make predictions for a tough week of games before the Flames bye week.
We’re back for our first episode of 2018 – and celebrating our fifth calendar year (6th NHL season) of the show. With Michael Frolik being out long-term with a jaw injury, where does this leave the Flames “3M” line and how will Andrew Mangiapane fit into the lineup? Is it worth keeping The 2M’s together, or totally blowing up the Flames second line? We talk about the Eddie Lack trade, and wonder why Dalton Prout was sent to Stockton and not taking Bartkowski’s place in the NHL, as well as what this trade means for our AHL and ECHL goalies.
Our last show of 2017 looks at where the Flames are at right now in the season, and our thoughts on the team so far this season. The Flames have been playing solid games lately, but haven’t been able to get the wins. What if the Flames were to break up the 3M line? How would shuffling the lines look? Is Jagr relegated to the fourth line when he returns? We do some fantasy line juggling this week.
This is our last show of 2017 – we’ll be back in the first week of 2018 with our next show.
Matt is feeling better after his rant this week, so the guys can talk Flames hockey again. We’re most upbeat this week with some better hockey by the Flames. We talk about the third line, Matthew Tkachuk’s suspension and getting talked to by the league, Jagr, and answer some listener questions.
Matt is at his wit’s end with the Calgary Flames this week, and thinks it is time for the Flames to fire Glen Gulutzen and bring Darryl Sutter back to Calgary to coach the team to solve the team’s woes. Dan think the Flames need to keep the coaching staff in place for the remainder of the season – and the Flames aren’t in as bad a position as Matt thinks and that the Flames can still make the playoffs.
With Eddie Lack waived and sent to Stockton, and David Rittich recalled to Calgary, this show focuses mostly on discussions around the Flames goaltending tandem. With the Flames having 3 back-to-back games in the next month should David Rittich stay, or should Jon Gillies also be given a shot? Is this the end of the line for Eddie Lack with the Flames? In the NHL? All these questions are answered and more revolving around Flames goaltenders not named Mike Smith.
We discuss the abysmal fourth line and what the Flames need to do to remedy their bottom six. Is it time to jettison Stajan (and possibly Brouwer) to Stockton? If so, who deserves a recall? Should Mangiapane or Hathaway get recalled? Or should the Flames look at some older prospects like Klimchuk or Shinkaruk?
We’re analyzing the team at the quarter mark of the season, and giving our thoughts on where the team sits, and where we predict the team will finish. Will the Flames have a strong finish to the year because they are a good team, because they are in a weak Pacific Division, or a bit of both?
Lots of discussion the goalie changes over the last week – Mike Smith getting hurt, Eddie Lack starting in Detroit, and Jon Gillies relief effort. How long can the Flames keep riding Mike Smith like they are, if they want him to be ready for the post-season? What do they have to do to find a capable backup goalie?
Rumours are abound that Brad Treliving has been scouting the Buffalo Sabres recently. We break down some possible trade options and what kind of trades we’d like to see between the two teams. Would we want to see Evander Kane as a Flame? What pieces do the Flames have that we’re comfortable moving in any deal?
The Flames have ended their longest homestand of the year with good news…their secondary scoring has finally come alive! Mark Jankowski and Jaromir Jagr have had fantastic chemistry this week to propel the Flames to 2 big wins in a row. Of course we’re discussing the secondary scoring and how we feel about the roster and the Flames chances at the 17 game point.
With Mike Smith’s injury in the St. Louis game, we’ll discuss the options for the Flames in net on their road trip, and how we feel about the Flames chances in their next 6 games in 11 days on the road.
This week the waiver wire was busy as the Flames placed Tanner Glass and Freddie Hamilton on waivers. We discuss these and other roster moves and where Jagr will fit into the lineup upon his return and the secondary scoring woes.
On the bright side, there is a lot to like in Stockton right now. Andrew Mangiapane is tearing it up, and David Rittich is looking great! We’ll let you know what is happening with the Heat.