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Sam Bennett To The Florida Panthers

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The Sinking Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Someone forgot to tell the Flames you’re supposed to search for eggs on Easter Sunday, not lay them.

That’s what the Flames did in the third period of a game they led the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through before allowing three straight goals in a 4-2 loss – their seventh in the last eight games.

They pulled the same stunt two nights earlier in Edmonton where they also turned a 2-2 tie into a third-period loss.

Rinse and repeat for a rudderless Flames club that sits closer to last place in the division (five points ahead of Ottawa) than it does to fourth place Montreal, which has a six-point cushion with five games in hand....

Asked if this team, as constructed, simply isn’t good enough to win with, Darryl Sutter was frank.

“You’ve got to play at a pace in order to keep up, and you have to be able to execute at that pace and check at that pace, and for some of our players that’s difficult,” said Sutter, whose club is now 5-8 under his guidance and bracing for an inevitable sell-off of spare parts before next Monday’s trade deadline.

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Tonight’s Vancouver/Calgary Game Has Been Postponed

NEW YORK (March 31, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that, as a result of two Vancouver Canucks Players (including one Player who was added to the COVID Protocol List after it was released at 5:00 p.m. ET today) as well as a member of their coaching staff entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols, the team’s game tonight against the Calgary Flames will be postponed. The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups. The League will provide a further update tomorrow.

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The Fading Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

In the early stages of the Calgary Flames’ latest faceplant against the Ottawa Senators, Kyle Dubas sat alone at Canadian Tire Centre, taking notes on a possible trade partner.

Surely the Leafs GM figured it was worth it to see a few players up close who are sure to be made available at the trade deadline from a seventh-place Senators squad.

By night’s end, it was evident the more likely trade partner could be the Calgary Flames, who are moving perilously closer to becoming sellers.

Calgary’s season on the brink hit a new low Wednesday.

In desperate search of a solution to their scoring woes, the only thing the Flames seem capable of finding nowadays are new ways to lose.

Entering the third period with a 1-0 lead and a 13-0-0 record when leading after two, the new, defence-first Flames failed to preserve the win.

An early third-period goal in the midst of a 13-minute stretch without a Flames shot on goal set the stage for Chris Tierney’s second-straight game-winner with eight minutes remaining in a game that ended 3-1.

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The Calgary Flames Look Like A Different Team

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The newfound swagger is undeniable.

So is the fact Darryl Sutter has found a way to tap into the all-for-one and one-for-all attitude it will take for the Calgary Flames to continue chasing down a playoff spot.

On Monday night the team extended its winning streak to three under Sutter, employing a swarming defensive structure that put a stop to the traditional dominance Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have had over their southern rivals.

Sure, the duo hooked up for a goal that tied the game 3-3 early in the third.

But instead of wilting, as the team would have done earlier this year when surrendering a 3-1 lead, a gorgeous finish from Noah Hanifin one minute later was good enough for the Flames to continue rolling with a 4-3 win.

“It's a great sign,” said Hanifin, who scored his third goal in five outings by collecting a great drop pass from Andrew Mangiapane and roofing it over Mike Smith’s blocker.

“Obviously we’ve dealt with some adversity and with Darryl coming in we’ve rebounded pretty well and put together a few big games. I think guys are starting to play their roles, compete, and work hard and play a full 60 minutes. We’ve got a deep team and I think we’re doing a good job utilizing everybody. We’ve still got some ways to climb a bit, but we’re going in the right direction.”

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Does Coaching Really Matter?

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The Calgary Flames Get A Win For Darryl Sutter

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Just over a week ago, it seemed likely Darryl Sutter would never be behind an NHL bench again. Everyone assumed the two-time Stanley Cup champion was happily retired from a full-time role in the the hockey biz.

And yet there he was Thursday, back in a suit and tie — and mask, of course — as coach of the Calgary Flames.

Just over a week ago, Josh Leivo was probably feeling like he would never score again. The Flames right-winger had been either skunked or scratched in every outing so far this season.

And yet there he was Thursday, one dented goal-post away from the hat-trick.

They shared the Saddledome spotlight on this night, one doing the skipping and the other doing the sharpshooting as the Flames opened the Sutter 2.0 Era with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

“This win is two-fold,” Sutter said afterward. “One is for the late Ken King, who we lost a year ago. And the other is for my mother (Grace), for her 85th birthday today. This win is for those two.”

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The Calgary Flames Are About To Get A Wake-up Call

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Minutes after Thursday’s post-game press release announced Darryl Sutter was returning to coach the Calgary Flames, a front office source succinctly summed up the rationale.

“This group needs a wake-up,” he said.

Not many GMs get to go through four coaches in less than seven years. Then again, not many GMs have overseen a group of players as temperamental as these Flames.

Just a few days after Milan Lucic made an emphatic case for not blaming coach Geoff Ward for the team’s latest woes, Brad Treliving relieved him of his duties.

He did so less than an hour after the Flames pieced together a 7-3 win over Ottawa that married execution with work ethic and accountability.

Those last two traits have been absent for an alarming number of Flames games this year, opening the door for a man whose career has revolved around both. As a player, coach and GM, Darryl Sutter has seen hard work and accountability as the backbone of his success in hockey.

The man who guided Calgary to within two goals of a Stanley Cup in 2004, is back. Boy, is this group in for a rude awakening.

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Geoff Ward Done In Calgary, Darryl Sutter Replaces Him

via the Calgary Flames,

The Flames have named Darryl Sutter as head coach after relieving Geoff Ward of his coaching duties.

Sutter coached the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2017, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. He has been a head coach in the NHL for 18 seasons with Chicago, San Jose, Calgary and Los Angeles, accumulating a 634-467-101-83 record which ranks him 17th in NHL history for wins and 12th in Stanley Cups won. He has had winning seasons in 15 of his 18 years behind an NHL bench as head coach. Most recently he was named as an advisor to the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff in July of 2019.

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Describing The Calgary Flames

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Maybe we’ve been asking the wrong question.

What’s wrong with the Calgary Flames? Pffft.

Let’s start with this one instead … What are the Calgary Flames?

After their latest lacklustre loss, after a rollercoaster six-game road-trip with more catapults than climbs, the Flames returned home with an identity crisis.

Again. Or maybe still.

What are they?

The short-term answers are simple.

They’re frustrated, as you should be when you’ve been on the wrong end of too many blowouts and just dropped two of three to the basement-dwelling Ottawa Senators, a rebuilding bunch that is suddenly surging but has mostly been a punching bag for the top troupes in the NHL’s North Division.

They’re snakebitten, scoring a grand total of one goal in each of their past eight setbacks.

They’re so inconsistent that it’s actually become oh-so-predictable.

And they’re mediocre. According to their record, that’s actually a smidge generous.

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