The Flames are in first place in the Pacific Division coming into today’s action. Calgary has won 6 straight and are playing their best hockey of the season. Here’s 3 Things from this past week!
Probably a good thing the Flames aren’t entertaining any deals for Hamilton eh? The defenceman found his name swirling in the trade winds last month and since then he has responded by playing his best hockey of the young season. This week Hamilton had a 4 point week, with an OT winner against the Coyotes and a 3 point outburst (2G 1A) against the Jets in the Flames 6-2 win. He’s also been on the plus side of the +/- ledger all week. He was an even 0 at Dallas and found himself +1 and +3 against Arizona and Winnipeg respectively. Hamilton also was credited with the GWG in both games in which he scored. Hamilton started off slow, but if his game keeps coming on like it has lately the Flames will be in very good shape.
As amazingly as Johnson has been playing lately, you have to feel for Brian Elliott a little bit. He has to be wondering “when will I play next?” Johnson has been on an amazing tear since unofficially becoming the Flames #1 goaltender. Johnson is 8-1-1 in his last 10, 5-0 in December and he was responsible for all 3 wins this past week. His save percentages from this past week were: .967, .964, .927. Johnson has been a brick wall and he bailed the Flames offence out when they were struggling against the Coyotes. It’s almost like a broken record, but Chad Johnson is one of the major reasons the Flames are in the position they are in and it’s tough to see when Johnson will need or get a rest. And that’s a good thing.
Should the Flames entertain the idea of trading for Jarome Iginla?
Late in the week there were rumblings out of Colorado that Iginla would think about dropping his no trade clause if he could be sent to a contender at the trade deadline. Will the Flames be a “contender” come trade deadline? If they keep playing the way they are right now it wouldn’t be a stretch to think Calgary could be a team that could run deep in the playoffs. Iginla is in the final year of his contract and is struggling big time this year, just like the Avs. In 26 games Iggy has 6 points and is a -3. Not exactly the kind of numbers you’d want to add at the deadline, but would both parties be open for a reunion if the price was right? What do you think?