The Calgary Flames officially ended one of the worst seasons in franchise history with a 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago Friday but coach Bob Hartley insisted that he isn't completely discouraged.
"We saw some good flashes," Hartley said. "Can I say that one of those young players was outstanding to a point I felt every game he was one of our dominant players? I'm not ready to go to that extent, but we saw some good flashes." The team's record (19-25-4) means a fourth consecutive season without the playoffs, which shouldn't be acceptable considering the Flames were big spenders in each of those years and constantly loading up on veteran players.
After stopping 35 shots in the Flames' 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks, Calgary goaltender Joey MacDonald remained in Chicago overnight in Chicago because he was feeling ill.
MacDonald battled the flu during the Flames' road trip. The Flames had a nightmarish 2013 and their season is over. MacDonald, however, may be a keeper for Fantasy owners. Scouts suggest he has plenty of upside.
Chris Butler potted a goal in the Flames' 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks Friday night.
Butler was drafted by the Sabres in 2005 and spent parts of three seasons with Buffalo in a limited role before moving on with the Flames. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues next season.
Joey MacDonald allowed three goals on 38 shots in Calgary's 3-1 loss at the hands of the Blackhawks on Friday.
It's hard to be taken seriously when your team's goaltender is MacDonald, but tonight was not a terrible outing. Look for MacDonald to serve as Calgary's backup next season or split the goaltending duties with one of the Flames' young netminders.
Jiri Hudler recorded an assist on Thursday.
Hudler has 10 goals and 27 points in 42 games this season. His season got off to a good start, but he ended up being somewhat streaky in 2013 and never remarkably good. This is season one of his four-year, $16 million contract.
Joey MacDonald allowed four goals on 20 shots in Calgary's 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Blues on Thursday.
The Flames are simply playing out the string at this juncture so not much can be drawn from the result. Look for MacDonald to serve as Calgary's backup next season.