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2016–17 Calgary Flames season

Off-seasonEdit

After a season of high expectations from the 2014–15 season for the Flames, those results did not carry over into the 2015–16 season. The team finished with only 77 points and failed to qualify for the 2016 NHL Playoffs. To start with, Bob Hartley was let go, and Glen Gulutzan was brought in as the new coach. The biggest question the Flames faced in the off-season was acquiring a proven number one goalie. Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo, and Joni Ortio all combined for a save percentage of .892 and goals against of 3.13, an NHL-worst in the 2015–16 season. General manager Brad Treliving addressed this need by acquiring veteran Brian Elliott on June 24, 2016, in a deal on the sidelines of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. On the draft's opening day the Flames got top prospect Matthew Tkachuk as the 6th overall pick of the Draft. On July 1, 2016, the Flames made significant acquisitions by signing power forward Troy Brouwer and journeyman goaltender Chad Johnson. Several other players such as Alex Chiasson and Linden Vey were also brought in. The next biggest task Treliving faced was signing rising stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan to contracts. On August 19, 2016, Monahan and the Flames agreed to a 7-year deal worth $44.625 million.[citation needed] On October 10, 2016, two days before the start of the regular season, Gaudreau and the Flames agreed to a 6-year deal worth $40.5 million.[2] Gaudreau will be tied with defenceman and 2016–17 captain Mark Giordano as the highest-paid Flames player.

Regular seasonEdit

October – DecemberEdit

The Flames open their season with their first two losses 7-4 and 5-3 to their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. The team was expected to have an improved save percentage with Brian Eliott. However, they had a rough time with their No. 1 goaltender Brian Elliott which led them being placed outside of playoff picture promoting them to switch to their backup goaltender Chad Johnson. Chad Johnson was proved to be a better goaltender than Brian Eliott for about a month. They had a six-game winning streak from November 30 to December 14 which elevated them back into playoff position. After their six-game winning streak ended with a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3, the starting goaltender position slowly shifted back to Brian Elliott.

January – AprilEdit

The Flames continued to maintain their position in the playoff spot. They struggled the rest of the month, but they continued to keep pace in the conference standings. Even on February 25, 2017, the Flames still held the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

With their win over the New York Islanders on March 5, the Flames surpassed their total number of wins – 35 – of the 2015–16 season.[3]

With their win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 11, the Flames surpassed their franchise-long winning streak while based in the city of Calgary, at 9 consecutive games.[4] Goalie Brian Elliott also recorded his second shutout in a row. The Flames tied their all-time franchise winning streak of 10 games with a shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 13. The Atlanta Flames won 10 straight from October 14 to November 3, 1978.[5] The streak would end with their next game on March 15, being outscored by the Boston Bruins 5–2. Though Chad Johnson started in net due to Brian Elliott waking up that morning with the flu, coach Glen Gulutzan told reporters that no individual player was responsible for the loss to the Bruins and the end of the streak.[6]

On March 20, Brian Elliott was named the NHL's 3rd Star of the Week for the week of March 20 to the 26th.[7] From February 20 – March 20, Elliott recorded a career-best winning streak of 11 games, featuring back-to-back shutouts on March 9 and 11. In addition during the streak, Elliott also tied the longest winning streak for a Flames game-starting goalie, an 11-game record set by the legendary Mike Vernon from January 17 to February 27, 1989.[8]

Forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended by the NHL for two games (on March 21 and March 23) due to Tkachuk's elbow purposely hitting the head of the L.A. Kings' Drew Doughty in the Flames' win on March 19.[9]

In the Flames' 3–2 win over the St. Louis Blues on March 25, centreman and alternate captain Sean Monahan broke Jarome Iginla's franchise regular-season overtime winning goal record with Monahan's seventh career regular-season 5-minute overtime period goal.[10]

With a win against the San Jose Sharks on March 31, the Flames clinched a playoff berth, their first postseason appearance since the 2014–15 season and only their second playoff appearance in the last eight seasons.[11]

StandingsEdit

Pacific Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Anaheim Ducks 82 46 23 13 43 223 200 +23 105
2 x – Edmonton Oilers 82 47 26 9 43 247 212 +35 103
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 46 29 7 44 221 201 +20 99
4 x – Calgary Flames 82 45 33 4 41 226 221 +5 94
5 Los Angeles Kings 82 39 35 8 37 201 205 −4 86
6 Arizona Coyotes 82 30 42 10 24 197 260 −63 70
7 Vancouver Canucks 82 30 43 9 26 182 243 −61 69
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 PA x – Calgary Flames 82 45 33 4 41 226 221 +5 94
2 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 41 29 12 39 240 224 +16 94
3 CE Winnipeg Jets 82 40 35 7 37 249 256 −7 87
4 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 39 35 8 37 201 205 −4 86
5 CE Dallas Stars 82 34 37 11 33 223 262 −39 79
6 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 30 42 10 24 197 260 −63 70
7 PA Vancouver Canucks 82 30 43 9 26 182 243 −61 69
8 CE Colorado Avalanche 82 22 56 4 21 166 278 −112 48
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 game log[13]

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

PlayoffsEdit

2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statisticsEdit

SkatersEdit

Final stats

GoaltendersEdit

Final stats

Regular season[16]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Brian Elliott 49 45 2844:25 26 18 3 121 2.55 1,338 .910 2 0 0 4
Chad Johnson 36 36 2013:12 18 15 1 87 2.59 969 .910 3 0 0 0
Jon Gillies 1 1 60:00 1 0 0 1 1.00 28 .964 0 0 0 0
David Rittich 1 0 20:00 0 0 0 1 3.00 10 .900 0 0 0 0
Playoffs[15]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Brian Elliott 4 4 185:20 0 3 12 3.89 100 .880 0 0 0 0
Chad Johnson 1 0 51:50 0 1 1 1.15 21 .952 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another organization before joining Flames. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.

RosterEdit

Awards and honoursEdit

AwardsEdit

Player Award Awarded Ref.
Johnny Gaudreau NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2017 [17]
Johnny Gaudreau NHL 3rd Star of the Week (Feb. 27 – Mar. 5) February 27, 2017 [18]
Brian Elliott NHL 3rd Star of the Week (Mar. 20 – Mar. 26) March 20, 2017 [7]

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached Ref
Matthew Tkachuk 1st NHL game October 12, 2016 [19]
Brett Kulak 1st NHL point (assist) October 18, 2016 [20]
Matthew Tkachuk 1st NHL goal October 18, 2016 [20]
Garnet Hathaway 1st NHL goal November 20, 2016 [21]
Sean Monahan 100th NHL goal February 23, 2017 [22]
Johnny Gaudreau 200th NHL point March 27, 2017 [23]
Jon Gillies 1st NHL start
1st NHL win
April 6, 2017 [24]

RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

February 20, 2017 To Calgary Flames
Michael Stone
To Arizona Coyotes
3rd-round pick in 2017
conditional 5th-round pick in 2018
[25]
June 17, 2017 To Calgary Flames
Mike Smith
To Arizona Coyotes
Chad Johnson
Brandon Hickey
conditional 2nd-round pick in 2018 or
     3rd-round pick in 2018
[26]

Free agents acquiredEdit

Free agents lostEdit

Claimed via waiversEdit

Lost via waiversEdit

Player signingsEdit

Draft picksEdit

Below are the Calgary Flames' selections at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 24–25, 2016, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club team (League)
1 6 Matthew Tkachuk LW   United States London Knights (Ontario Hockey League)
2 54[a] Tyler Parsons G   United States London Knights (OHL)
2 56[b] Dillon Dube C   Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
3 66 Adam Fox D   United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 96 Linus Lindstrom C   Sweden Skelleftea AIK (SHL)
5 126 Mitchell Mattson C   United States Grand Rapids Thunderhawks (US-MN HS)
6 156 Eetu Tuulola RW   Finland HPK (Liiga)
6 166[c] Matthew Phillips C   Canada Victoria Royals (WHL)
7 186 Stepan Falkovsky D   Belarus Ottawa 67's (OHL)

ReferencesEdit

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