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Calgary Flames: December's Three Stars Of The Month

January 2, 2020 - 10:57 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames ended December with three losses in four games. Still, it was a pretty successful month for the team. They picked up 15 points and finished 13th in points percentage, ahead of contenders such as Colorado and Boston. Let’s take a look a...

Flames send Frolik to Sabres, clearing way for future moves

January 3, 2020 - 11:20 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames made their first trade of the season on Thursday. GM Brad Treliving shipped veteran winger Michael Frolik to the shallow Buffalo Sabres in exchange for San Jose’s 4th round draft pick in 2020, giving the Flames a selection in each round....

G44 Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild: Low-event hockey

January 5, 2020 - 11:10 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Minnesota Wild: 1. Where offense goes to die These two teams met prior to Christmas and it was a low-scoring (3-0), low-event game with very few chances traded. I think we’re heading for mo...

Five observations: Calgary wins a wild one in Minnesota

January 6, 2020 - 10:58 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Minnesota: 1. That was wild Excuse the pun but, wow, I did not see that coming. Though Minnesota started the season slowly, they’ve been one of the best defensive teams in the league over the last couple of months. The Wi...

G45 Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks: Igniting the offense

January 7, 2020 - 11:42 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are four things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Chicago Blackhawks: 1. Coming to life With 11 goals and 46 Grade A chances (tied for 3rd most) over the last three games, Calgary’s offense is really starting to wake up. This is a great sp...

Flames 2, Blackhawks 1: Talbot the difference in low-scoring affair

January 8, 2020 - 11:22 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell A few observations from Calgary vs Chicago: 1. Cam Talbot was excellent I was a little surprised the Flames didn’t go back to David Rittich but, with the way Talbot is trending, I guess I shouldn’t have been. He turned out to be a key factor in Calga...

Calgary Flames sign core piece Rasmus Andersson to long-term deal

January 9, 2020 - 12:14 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Wednesday afternoon the Calgary Flames made a surprising bit of noise, announcing they’ve signed defenseman Rasmus Andersson to a long-term contract extension. The 23-year-old Swede put pen to paper on a six-year deal worth $27.3 million, which equates to $4...

All aboard the Tyler Toffoli train

January 10, 2020 - 10:36 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames have been after another top-6 scoring winger – ideally on the right side – for what feels like forever. There just so happens to be a very good one available on the trade market. Tyler Toffoli is set to become an unrestricted free agent...

Flames 4, Oilers 3: Kassian hands Calgary 1st place

January 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Edmonton: 1. Another day at the office for No. 19 Matthew Tkachuk is very good at getting under the skin of all opponents. I’m not sure there’s a player in the league – no, not even Drew Doughty – more susceptible t...

G48 Calgary Flames @ Montreal Canadiens: Rittich back in goal

January 13, 2020 - 12:25 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are four things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Montreal Canadiens: 1. Reclaiming the net David Rittich and Cam Talbot have mostly rotated in recent weeks. When that trend’s been broken, Talbot has been the beneficiary – and understand...

The Calgary Flames are sending a third member to All-Star Weekend

January 15, 2020 - 3:54 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames are covering all of their bases. They were already set to send forward Matthew Tkachuk and defenseman Mark Giordano to St. Louis for the All-Star festivities. Joining them will be goaltender David Rittich, completing the position bingo....

G49 Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs: Rittich starts again

January 16, 2020 - 12:41 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are four things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Toronto Maple Leafs: 1. In over their heads Toronto is not a great defensive team at the best of times. That’s fine, though, because they have the gunners to out-score their problems on a...

Flames 2, Maple Leafs 1: Big Save Dave steals the show

January 17, 2020 - 12:57 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell A few thoughts on Calgary vs Toronto: 1) I have to begin with David Rittich. He was making his first start since being named an All-Star and he certainly looked out to prove he deserves the honour. It felt like every shot Toronto took was a Grade A opportunity...