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.
January 10 2013 10:59AM
Good day to you, Nation. Welcome to what is now both 2013 and a post lockout utopian dream. Surely with all the news of ratified CBAs, schedule planning, game matchups, shortened training camps, and what is surely to be an exciting blend of rusty hockey players blowing three goal leads and highlight reel dangles, you can expect FlamesNation to lend it's unique stance and unparalleled voice of the Community of The Flaming C throughout all their trials and tribulations this upcoming campaign.
Today though, we pan an ex-Calgary Flame who played a total of 59 games with the team more than 20 years ago and is, at best, entirely forgettable, because, well mostly because it was ahead in the queue and we don't play games with the queue. So with that in mind, Gary Leeman, this is your Two Minutes Hate.