July 31 2014 08:30AM
1. Lots of decisions to come
The good thing about the Flames, almost regardless of how you choose to look at it, is that there's now, finally, a lot of youth on the team that used to be so typified by its players being in their late-20s and 30s. What that means in the long run is that the team has a chance to build some success for down the road and will likely have a number of affordable and potentially good players under contract for a number of years.
July 30 2014 01:02PM
It's the dregs of the offseason, friends, and as you know, that means content is coming at a premium. I don't like it anymore than you do, but short of inventing a real, working time machine, there's really sweet bippy any of us can do about it.
July 30 2014 08:30AM
A year ago, Max Reinhart was in tough in the Calgary Flames organization after a not-great first year of professional hockey. Now with a really great AHL season under his belt and some NHL experience, now is the time for Max Reinhart to make the jump to becoming a full-time NHLer.
Because after this season, there might not be many more chances for him within the Flames organization.
July 29 2014 09:00AM
A lot. Probably.
I suppose that needs more explanation.
There's three main reasons the Flames were a bottom-5 team last year (besides, you know, not having a ton of talent):
1.) The first half of the season. A period during which Hartley spent experimenting with his roster and tactics, resulting in a precipitous drop down the standings. Calgary's second half of the year was actually quite respectable from a record and underlying numbers stand point.
2.) A lot of injuries to key members of a thin roster (only 3 Flames played 80 or more games and one of them was Chris Butler).
3.) Worse than average goaltending.
We're here to talk about the third thing.
July 28 2014 08:02AM
(Relevant part starts at 3:50)
It's summertime and I want to get all philosophical and heavy up in here.
I know I am not exactly breaking new ground by bringing up the topic of violence in hockey but it is one that is surely not going away any time soon and I am especially curious to hear some opinions from you folks.
I just want a quick sampling of opinion to the question, do you believe that the NHL has a moral responsibility to remove fighting from the game?