January 29 2015 01:00PM
After a decisive win over the worst team in hockey, the Calgary Flames (26-19-3) return to action tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! But instead of facing a team with zero playoff hopes, the Flames are instead hosting the Minnesota Wild (21-20-6), a team that still has playoff hopes.
Well, dimming hopes. The team from the State of Hockey is seven points back from Calgary for the final playoff spot in the West. A loss to the Flames would put them nine points back, really kicking their post-season dreams in the teeth.
The Flames are simultaneously the hunter - of a divisional playoff spot currently held by San Jose and Vancouver - and the hunted - with four teams chasing them from below. A win tonight would trim the list of pursuers to three.
The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 29 2015 11:00AM
Even though Mike Richards has already cleared waivers,there are persistent rumours that the Calgary Flames are still in talks with the LA Kings to acquire the former Flyer captain and two-time Cup winner.
The hypothetical trade, of course, is complicated one because it's a salary dump rather than a pure hockey deal. Richards' contract is expensive and goes on forever. He's also 29 and has seen his play deteriorate rapidly over the last few seasons. Though he's still a functional (if grossly overpaid) NHLer, the Flames aren't calling the Kings because they want Mike Richards. They're calling them because they can make Mike Richards go away.
For a price.
January 29 2015 08:30AM
1. A quick intro
Last weekend I had the opportunity to see Providence College play one of the better teams in the NCAA on two consecutive nights, and this is, I think, a unique opportunity that few college teams afford a person covering a single NHL team.
The Friars, as you well know, have three Flames prospects of varying levels of notoriety: Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski, and John Gilmour. Providence has been a very interesting team this season, one that seems more prone to ups and downs than most others in the country. They started the year 1-3-1, then won 13 of their next 16, then lost two straight heading into this weekend. The fifth-ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks were their opponents for this particular home-and-home, and seemed as though they would prove a tough test for the No. 18 Friars.
January 28 2015 05:40PM
(This article was originally published at the Score's Backhand Shelf blog in 2011. I have re-published it here in the spirit of #BellLetsTalk, which aims to grow awareness of mental health issues.)
The NHL landscape has been marred by tragedy this offseason with the recent deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and now Wade Belak. It’s possible that their passing in such close proximity is entirely coincidental and a mere artifact of chance alone. Sometimes unlikely occurrences don’t necessarily carry graver implications.
January 28 2015 01:15PM
The hockey world will likely be abuzz tomorrow regarding the formal announcement of the retirement of the legendary Martin Brodeur, but another impactful announcement may be occurring on another front.
San Jose Mercury News reporter Mark Purdy, discussing the planned move of the Sharks affiliate (more on that in a second), had a tidbit regarding timelines for the formal announcement of the much-rumoured AHL Pacific Division.
If all goes as planned, the AHL’s entire western strategy will then be officially announced at a Jan. 29 news conference inside SAP Center.
The announcement was likely pending a few things being approved at both the ECHL and American Hockey League's board of governors meetings over the weekend. (Mayor's Manor's John Hoven recently revisited this topic and re-confirmed that the announcement would be Thursday in San Jose.)
Here's how things stand heading into tomorrow, team by team.