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 24 2014 04:07PM
On the heels of Joe Colborne's recent contract signing, the Calgary Flames continue to put checkmarks next to their summer to-do list, as the team announced they have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender and devastatingly handsome Joni Ortio to a fresh two year pact:
July 18 2014 11:06AM
Dear Curtis Glencross,
I'm being told I need to delve deeper into this, so I guess that's what I'll do.
In reference to this interview you gave, Mister Glencross, the one where you're talking about working on a contract extension now for some reason, the one where you go on record saying you're not willing to play for a hometown discount? That one? Yes, we the undersigned have a few issues with it, and if it's okay with you, we'd like to go over them in some detail? Good? Good.
June 24 2014 11:30AM
It's officially summer, the sun is out, the flooding is kinda gone, the birds are chirping and not in the really annoying way. The solstice is now, friends, and as the temperatures rise and the patios beckon, it's that time of year where there's only one thing we as Calgary Flames want to do: sit in our basements poring over the newly unveiled 2014-15 Calgary Flames schedule, looking for which games we want to spend our
hard earned money on, and which games are against the Coyotes, as our skin gets pastier and gross.
But 82 games is a lot, and it's hard to know which games are worth watching (it's all of them, you cynics, but I know it's not ALL of them), and maybe if you had a handy guide to tell you what kind of hijinks McGrattan and friends are going to get themselves into this year, and where.
This is not that guide, Citizens. There is no guide. The guide is the actual schedule. But this is a brief synopsis of what the Flaming C is looking at come October and also a complete waste of your time.
June 10 2014 08:30AM
There was an interesting tweet that came from Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal yesterday:
Source: NHL natl revenue approx. $3.7 billion this season. With new CAN TV deal, will be well over $4B next season. More in SBJ.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) June 9, 2014
Okay, not necessarily a surprise. We knew that with the mammoth deal that Rogers signed to effectively subject us to terrible coverage of the game we love so dear for the next 12 years, league revenues were ultimately going to go on the upswing.
And boy howdy, are they ever. What this also means, consequently, is a big rise in the salary cap (and the floor, if you're paying attention) Here's a little tidbit from this past May from Toronto sports journalism maverick, James Mirtle (thanks to FRIEND OF THE BLOG Thomas Drance for pointing this out):
Here are some rough calculations on how NHL's revenue this year will affect the cap next year (in millions) pic.twitter.com/86UsfKeNrw— James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 26, 2014
Nothing final in these numbers here, but there's a good chance we'll see the cap rise to somewhere in the 70-71 million dollar range, with the cap floor climbing up the stairs to somewhere in the realm of 53 million sheckels. Yowza.