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December 19 2014 08:30AM


Oilers fire Eakins, Flames extend Hartley, Taylor Hall rumors, Ryan Miller as a back-up, Jets defensive woes, Leafs PDO, World Juniors and more in this weeks Roundup

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Bob the Builder Is The Right Man For the Job - For Now

Steve Macfarlane
December 18 2014 11:30AM

The timing of the announcement couldn’t have been more perfect.

If ever there was a time to make a statement as to the absolute certainty of the Calgary Flames’ feeling they have the right man for the job, it’s to extend the head coach of a rebuilding franchise during a six-game losing streak.

It serves as a reminder to the fans that the team’s brass knows there will be plenty of growing pains to come and that the early-season exceeding of all expectations did nothing to change their short or long-term plans.

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Five things: I guess I knew it was coming

Ryan Lambert
December 18 2014 08:40AM

1. Well well well

Since the last publication in this space here, the Flames have gone 0-fer in five straight games, running their losing streak to six.

In reading the comments here on the site and in other Flames-related destinations around the internet, from people who swore up and down that all the winning the team did early on was 100 percent feasible, I've been shocked to see that people are more or less fine with this. Well, maybe "fine with this" is not the right term, because no one likes to lose any games — let alone six straight — but it seems to be a grudging acceptance.

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Flames Extend Bob Hartley

Ryan Pike
December 17 2014 02:55PM

The National Hockey League is abuzz with coaching news nowadays, mostly firings, so for once, here's some good news.

The Flames signed Bob Hartley to a "multi-year" extension, the club announced today. There's a presser later this afternoon on the subject.

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Rumours, Innuendo, Fat Ladies, and Taylor Hall

beloch
December 17 2014 12:00PM

Ladislav Smid is painfully slow on his skates.  He wasn't always, but he has been the last couple of seasons. Every stride he takes on the ice looks painful. It seems like, every game, there's at least one hit that he barely manages to get up from.  When he does get up, he often limps to the bench as though he were a hundred years old.  He grimaces.  He bleeds.  We can only watch, sharing his pain. Ladislav Smid should not be a NHL player, but he is, seemingly by force of will alone.  One gets the sense that Smid would gladly trade a kidney (or other vital organ) for a win, and that's even before the playoffs start!  Is such primal will, even when accompanied by a total lack of competence, worth $3.5M a season?  Craig MacTavish answered that the season before last.  His answer was, "No.".  Meanwhile, Taylor Hall is making $6M per season and, rumour has it, he's being shopped around for a king's ransom.  Should the Flames be interested?

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