FGD: Swimming With The Sharks

Christian Roatis
October 19 2013 04:52PM


There's good news and there's bad news for tonight's 8 pm MT (CBC, SN960) trek into the Shark Tank for a bout with Western Conference leading San Jose Sharks.

The good news is embattled vet Joey MacDonald and his consistently mediocre game will take a seat tonight in favour of the guy we all thought would be the number one this year, Karri Ramo. Ramo somehow lost the starter role for a couple weeks after a decent 35 save performance in a losing effort against Washington in game 1 and was forced to watch MacDonald flop his way to a few wins in the crease since then. He'll be in tough tonight against the league's highest scoring team but I trust him against this high octane Sharks offensive much more than I do MacDonald.

The bad news is, despite an abysmal game in Anaheim and a strongly worded piece calling for his removal off the roster from our overlord Kent, 2012 World Hockey Championship Bronze Medalist Chris Butler remains in the line up tonight. So prepare for another aneurysm filled night of watching Butler play hockey for your Calgary Flames

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Flames Fan Ask - October 12, 2013

Christian Roatis
October 12 2013 10:44AM



Our popular (it's popular right?) segment Fan Ask is back for another week! This week we'll talk 4 goal celly's, Monahan and the Flames' hot start - nothing really out of left field. If you want to submit a question that will appear in this weekly feature, submit something here.
So let's start with Jumbo Joe:

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The Flames Cuts and Starting Roster

Christian Roatis
October 01 2013 08:54AM


Max Reinhart
- pic via Jason Kurylo


The Calgary Flames announced their final 23 man roster Monday, sending four more to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

The 31 players cut over the past few weeks will either head to Abbotsford for the beginning of training camp there, or return to their respective CHL junior clubs for the balance of that season. So what lays ahead for these 34 young men as their NHL dream is - for now - postponed?

We'll also look at the Flames starting roster and discuss the potential line combos to open the season.

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NHL 14 Review And Flames Player Rankings

Christian Roatis
September 13 2013 08:28AM



EA Sports released the latest edition of their popular NHL video game series to much anticipation Tuesday and I managed to beat the rush and get my hands on a copy.
This year's version of the game came with just as many promises as its predecessors did and in the past, fans were left with a bad taste in their mouths (and lighter wallets).

"All they did was add a few players and make some roster moves" was a common phrase spat by dissatisfied costumers the last few years and it seems that EA was listening, because when they announced some of the new features, it looked like they were actually changing a good chunk of the game. Hitting, Fighting and Dangling were all to be redesigned and "Be a Pro" mode was getting a facelift, renamed "Live the Life". But could they really deliver on such hefty promises?

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Reflections From Canada's Olympic Camp

Christian Roatis
August 28 2013 08:38PM



This article was orginally published at the Sporting News

When Team Canada's management group, coaching staff and 45 players got together for the first time on Sunday, there was a game plan of sorts set up for the following days that consisted mainly of implementing systems and familiarizing the players with not only the bigger ice surface, but each other as well.

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