February 09 2016 11:00PM
Aside from the Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, all the hockey world wanted to talk about today was the Calgary Flames' decision to scratch Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma from tonight's game with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
And of course, it was the topic du jour at Flames head coach Bob Hartley's post-game press conference. For your reading pleasure, here's a rundown of the relevant questions (and answers) from this evening's pow-wow with the reigning Jack Adams winner.
February 09 2016 10:21PM
It had all the trimmings of an American Hockey League clash.
The Calgary Flames, without Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma for disciplinary reasons, faced a Toronto Maple Leafs team missing five regulars. The Flames played fairly well early-on and spotted themselves a lead - having an edge of up to 4-1 at one point - and then clung on for dear life en route to a bowling shoe ugly 4-3 victory in front of a very blue (and partisan) crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The ugly ones count the same as the pretty ones, but the Flames are probably just gonna dispose of tonight's game tape.
February 09 2016 06:24PM
Last season, the Calgary Flames scratched their best and brightest on April 11. It was the 82nd game of the regular season and the game was fundamentally meaningless, as the Flames had a playoff spot sewn up and were worried about injuries before the post-season began.
Tonight? The Flames have scratched three of their best and brightest again. Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are officially healthy scratches for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
February 09 2016 05:08PM
Pop quiz. You're a rebuilding team coming down from the high of an unexpected playoffs appearance. You had a good off-season, and that, combined with the prior playoff victory, raised expectations. Perhaps unfairly - but they were raised.
Your new year started with so much hope, only to promptly crash and burn from the get-go. It's at the point where you're just waiting for the shoe to drop and all the upcoming unrestricted free agents to be shipped out for future assets, because you aren't going anywhere this season, as much as you may be desperate to deny it.
It's also at the point where pretty much the only reason worth watching your team is its young talent. So what do you do? You scratch them. For "disciplinary reasons".
Welcome to Calgary Flames hockey!
February 09 2016 02:00PM
The hockey world was abuzz today with Dion Phaneuf trade news, but a really interesting piece of information came from our friend Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia following the Calgary Flames morning skate.
#Flames RW and pending UFA Jiri Hudler confirmed today he has not had any extension talks. “I like Calgary … So we’ll see how it works out.”— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) February 9, 2016
Hudler is in the fourth and final year of a deal that carries a $4 million cap hit annually. He was eighth in the entire NHL in points last season - potentially a byproduct of a strong season alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau - but sits roughly 140th as of this writing.