March 15 2014 03:35PM
Well, last night happened. Down 3-1 with 20 minutes to play against a team fighting for playoff breath, and the Flames grind out a W. Regardless of your position in the #winningculture vs. #tankmode debate, last night was a fun night to be a Flames fan. I won't get into that though, for it's a can of worms I'm not intent on opening at the moment.
Tonight, it'll be a quick turnaround as the squad will play in the quiet, undisturbed confines of Jobing.com arena against the soon to be named Arizona Coyotes. In theory, the 'Yotes, battling for their playoff lives, should hungrily dismantle a tired, lowly Flames squad. That is theory though, and Flames have spit in the face of theory all season, so for all we know the Coyotes could get blown out of the water. What a weird team this Flames group is. Great fun to watch though, so I guess that's all you can ask for when you're rebuilding.
March 04 2014 02:14PM
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The most astute of hockey inclined calendar experts will notice a typo relating to the holiday Christmas. It's listed as the 25th of December on your standard, run of the mill calendar, when in fact it should be the 5th of March. After all, that's when the Trade Deadline is scheduled this year.
For many NHL enthusiasts, this is one of the best days of the 365 we have at our disposal, yearly. We book the day off work or school - the reasoning we give is usually less than truthful, *cough* *sniffle* - and flip on TSN's Tradecentre for a glorious 10 hours (no offense to Sportsnet). Watching the ever talented James Duthie stall for the first four or so hours before the first trade is usually made is just as enjoyable as hearing the "Insiders" break the blockbusters.
March 03 2014 11:00AM
Flashback to March 4th, 2009. Darryl Sutter ignites excitement to an immeasurable level in Calgary by acquiring then-star Olli Jokinen and defenseman Jordan Leopold at the trade deadline.
The Jokinen acquisition was of particular interest to fans, because it seemed Sutter had finally found a star center for Jarome Iginla. The return - a 1st round pick, Matt Lombardi and Brandon Prust - was inconsequential at time considering the hole the Flames had thought they had filled. The deal ended up yielding the Coyotes defenseman Brandon Gormley - via the 1st round pick - who is now a top prospect and looks to have a promising future, while Olli Jokinen helped the Flames slog through a few more years of mediocrity. In hindsight, not the greatest of moves. Now, the Flames have a similar bargaining chip that Phoenix had with Jokinen in Mike Cammalleri: a proven scorer that can push a team over the hump. Phoenix at the moment has stalled, right on top of that hump, and could reverse the roles they played with the Flames in 2009 and land the Flame sniper to nudge themselves over completely.
February 28 2014 09:50AM
(photo courtesy NHL/NHL.com)
About a year ago, the town was buzzing about a potential Flame
being dealt at the deadline to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play on Sidney
Crosby's wing - like he did in 2010 - and help the Pens to a Stanley Cup. The
one generating that buzz was of course long-time captain and icon Jarome
Iginla. Sure enough, in bizarre fashion, Iginla was shipped to the Steel City.
Now, just under a year later, the Penguins appear to be right in the thick
of things relating to acquiring a Flames rental sniper at the deadline, once
again. This time, it's Mike Cammalleri. At first glance it seems like an odd
fit for a number of reasons, but if we look a little deeper, this may actually
be a scenario which makes sense for both teams.
February 24 2014 04:39PM
When Dean "Boomer" Molberg, of the Sportsnet 960 morning show, asked frequent guest and CBC insider Elliotte Friedman to name a team he thought were right in the thick of things regarding the Mike Cammalleri sweepstakes, Friedman stunned the host with his answer: the New Jersey Devils.
It's not that a trade to the Devils was inconceivable or anything, it's just that no one had really considered them to be contenders in the hunt for the talented winger prior to Friedman's suggestion. The idea, still, is an odd one for me to digest. I don't really see it being a good fit for either team on the surface, but nonetheless, let's break the situation down.