FGD: You Can Do It!

Christian Roatis
January 11 2014 03:50PM

                                                 image: memecrunch   

When an NHL team is struggling in every capacity imaginable, there's no better time to snap out of it, than when matched up against one of the leagues elite teams. Last night, in a village about 3 hours up the QE2, was Exhibit A. The Edmonton Oilers and their dynamic group of underachievers snapped out of a funk that saw them lose 5 of their last 6 games, against the Eastern Conference powerhouse, and Sidney Crosby lead, Pittsburgh Penguins last night. They made dramatic comebacks from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to emerge victorious, 4-3 in extra time. The Oilers. The Edmonton Oilers. The team backstopped by Devan Dubnyk beat the Pittsburgh Penguins!

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FGD: Lunchtime Affair

Christian Roatis
December 14 2013 10:08AM


Buffalo Sabres
- pic via Caroline King


In case you were wondering, the scheduled start time is not a typo. This game really does start at 12 PM Mountain Standard Time. Funny enough, this isn't even the earliest start time for the Flames this season, as the puck is scheduled to drop at 11 AM MST in Pittsburgh next Saturday. Weird stuff.

Anyway, today we'll see a battle of the bottom feeders as the 7-23-2 Buffalo Sabres tangle with the 12-15-4 Calgary Flames, ranked 30th and 26th overall in the NHL respectively.

The two squads in fact share many similarities besides that of not being particularly good. Both are in an admitted rebuild, both are without a General Manager and both will battle for two points today. Make no mistake, the Buffalo Sabres have pride and especially in front of their home crowd, will throw everything they have at the Flames. Luckily, that's not much. This is a very winnable game for the Flames, but it's no guarantee.

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Is Dave Poulin The New Flames GM?

Christian Roatis
December 13 2013 05:56PM



Well that was quick. Or was it?

Shawn Simpson of TSN 1200 reported earlier today that Joe Nieuwendyk is no longer a candidate for the General Manager position in Calgary and that Dave Poulin - current Vice President of Hockey Operations in Toronto - has landed the gig.

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Tyler Seguin: What If?

Christian Roatis
December 02 2013 09:43AM

It was June 29th, the eve of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I was sitting comfortably on my couch, watching the always excellent TSN panel preview the draft and discuss potential trades that were brewing then.

Carolina was shopping their 5th overall pick and were looking for a defenseman in return. Vancouver was working on trading a goaltender (wrongly presumed by many, including myself, to be Luongo) and the Bruins were in serious discussions with a few teams in regards to dealing Tyler Seguin. Oh yeah, and the Flames were one of the teams in on the former 2nd overall pick.

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Bullying in Sport

Christian Roatis
November 11 2013 03:53PM


The recent bullying scandal involving two Miami Dolphin offensive lineman (details of the story here) has taken the NFL - and the sporting world - by storm, and doing so has also brought to light a bigger issue altogether: bullying in sport.

Bullying is a major issue that is rightfully being attended to more and more in schools. Some extreme forms of it can lead to the tormentor being formally charged by police. However, while bullying is being tackled hard in school, my experience is that little is being done outside of those halls. Especially in minor hockey where in my time lacing up the skates it was treated as a non-issue despite the fact it was so prevalent.

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