January 27 2013 12:58AM
Well friends, it was one of those nights. A collection of perfect moments stacked on top of other perfect moments. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon that melted away into a decadent Saturday night, and with a national audience including in house appearances by Ron, Don, and Spike Lee (prove to me that he WASN'T there), your Calgary Flames put the cherry on top.
In case you didn't notice, we had ourselves a little bit of a Battle of Alberta tonight, and true to form, it was a spirited tilt, where all the surrounding optics that usually follow teams over the course of the season fade, and the two provincial rivals, regardless of where they are in the course of their respective histories, combine to treat fans to some of the purest hovkey you will ever see. Tonight was just one more pristine example of how beautiful this game can be when two impassioned franchises rise above themselves and leave everything on the line.
The Flames, however, were just much much better this time around.
January 25 2013 04:16PM
Hi Sven, you seem sad? Are you sad?
I mean sure, there's this:
Which isn't cool seeing as apparently this was going to happen:
And that's gotta sting. And maybe you're also bummed that you might be going to Abbotsford soon, but Sven, you've got a lot to smile about, and I want to tell you all about it, so take a knee and listen up, okay?
January 18 2013 11:42AM
There was a time, a long time ago, where you could look at the Calgary Flames backend and blanch over the depth and skill that presided over it. With names like MacInnis, Macoun, Nattress, Ramage, Suter, and McCrimmon, the Flames could throw out just about any combination of defensive pairings on the ice in almost any situation and be comfortable with it. This might be an alien notion to fans of the team today who weren't familiar with what they were up to in thelate 80's and early 90's. This might make you cry.
Give it a minute.
And HERE COMES THE WATERWORKS.
So it's easy to see, given this in-ordinance of defensive wealth, how a guy like Gary Suter might get lost in the shuffle when you consider some of the finest members of the Flaming C to ever play the game. But to ignore him completely, well, Suter had a habit if making you pay for that during his career, and we'd be best not to employ the same ignorance here today.
January 15 2013 01:48PM
(By the way, how amazing is this picture? I'm not entirely sure, but I believe it was created by a clearly brilliant artist named Mathieu Boulet, and I
stole liberated it from this article over at the Manitoban. Brusty!)
Training camp is in full swing now, and while the Flames feel they have most of their roster more or less filled, there are one or two possibly intriguing roster battles (mostly more bottom six roles, but considering the top two lines are mostly set if injured people stop being injured (JAROME!), by comparison it's some interesting stuff.
One of these struggles comes born out of all the wrong reasons, and that is for the role of the backup goaltender. We all know your Calgary Flames are looking to find the ABSOLUTE PERFECT GUY to play maybe 4 games this season, and currently that battle is between Henrik Karlsson and Leland Irving, which I think I soeak for everyone when I say "zzzzzzzzzzzzz...."
Read on, won't you, as we delve into why perhaps a couple of hidden gems in Abbotsford might be just a better choice overall.
January 13 2013 02:22PM
If you haven't visited the blog in a while 1) What's wrong with you? 2) That's a very good point. 3) But they finally reached an agreement. 4) you may have noticed we haven't had a FGD posting in a long time, except for this one, but it doesn't count, because the guy who wrote it is a bit of a braying ninny starved for attention.
But that's all about to change, as the i's have been dotted, t's crossed, leers exchanged, trust forever shattered, and the end result is a signed MOU, which is a thing, I guess, but also an NHL schedule! Remember those?
Well they're coming back, which means we can all pour into the Saddledome on select days and not have to remark that the big Flaming C at Center Ice is really just a reminder on what we're missing.
So here's the highlights and lowlights of your Calgary Flames schedule.