December 17 2013 08:39PM
Via the NHL
Tonight's Flames-Bruins rematch in Boston went exactly the way you thought it would - the Flames lost to a vastly superior opponent again for the second time in a week, falling 2-0 in Beantown.
December 17 2013 12:00PM
Pic Via Beetlebrox
For the second consecutive Tuesday, the Flames will take on the Bruins (22-9-2) and this time, thanks to more casualties from the flu and Bob Hartley's crazed worldview, the roster looks as though it will be held together with duct tape.
The last time that the Flames visited Boston, it was uh, not pretty. Leland Irving started that game and was chased in what became an absolute thrashing. The game finished 9-0 and Chris Butler and Jay Bouwmeester were a combined -12. Yowza. No wonder Jarome was hesitant to head there at the deadline.
So far, the Flames have played very well on this road trip, taking three out of a possible four in a back to back stretch against Buffalo and New York. However, this week's competition will be exceedingly tough for the Flames with dates against Boston, Detroit, and Pittsburgh, so it could be a bumpy week folks.
December 17 2013 08:50AM
Since the management switch a lot of folks have been asking me what I think about Brian Burke's professed focus on size and toughness. Luckily enough I've talked about this before, so I'm going to pull a bit from the archives to discuss this issue now.
Regular readers will remember a series of theory based articles I did in the off-season of 2012 dubbed "asking the right questions". In the third article "Content Over Style", I noted how a singular focus on qualitative (ie; descriptive) facets of a players scouting report can lead to constructing subjective - rather than objective - vision of the player in question. The point being that it matters more that a player gets results rather than how he might get them.
December 16 2013 12:03PM
Via the NHL
Feaster's short tenure in Calgary is over. A commentere recently asked for an overview of Jay's notable dealings during his time in the big chair. That struck me as a worthwhile endeavour, so here it is.
I'm not going to bother including minor (i.e., things that include players who are replacement-level or worse) deals or smaller transactions unless it's actually a win or loss. There's so much blurring at the margins that it's just not worth spilling digital ink over, especially when the deals don't really have an impact one way or another. So, if you don't see a specific move, assume that's why.
December 16 2013 09:38AM
As the National Hockey League enters into the third month of the 2013-14 season, we're also hitting the lean part of the junior and college seasons. Christmas breaks are upon us, so hockey is thinning out a tiny bit.
So we have a little bit less to catch up on here in the Weekly Ignition.