Hopes and Expectations

RexLibris
August 18 2014 01:15PM

By now you have all read some of the Reasonable Expectation series that my fellow writers here at Flames Nation have been posting. My contribution is going to be somewhat different.

I’m going to examine the entire Flames roster and use a number of advanced stats categories alongside past performances and possible deployments by the coaching staff to try and draw a line in the sand of what the coming season most likely holds in store for the Flames.

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Dating the Flames

RexLibris
August 06 2014 09:18AM

Whoa there big boy, it's not what you think. This isn't a charity auction where a donation of $1000 will net you a night on the town with Bryce Van Brabant. Although, if you were so inclined, and made the cheque out to cash...

No. I made a promise. No more trafficking in professional athletes.

So, back to the theme of this article.

History is filled with dates. 1099 C.E. – the capture of Jerusalem by the armies of the First Crusade. 1066 C.E. – Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror. 312 C.E. – Battle of the Milvian Bridge. 1453 C.E. – the fall of Constantinople to the armies of Sultan Mehmet II. 399 B.C.E – the Death of Socrates. 1274 B.C.E – Ramses II fights the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittite Empire.

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Time for a Deal?

RexLibris
May 01 2014 01:15PM

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Imagine a party at Ed Snider’s house that includes Brian Burke, Dale Tallon, Garth Snow, and that is hosted by Paul Holmgren. Pretty good recipe for some wicked antics, I think. Some crank calls to the Oval Office, maybe getting $500 worth of pizza delivered to Donald Fehr’s place, and you know Snow doesn’t go home that night without a wedgie.*

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How to Cheer for A Bad Team

RexLibris
April 02 2014 09:58AM

Hi, I'm Rex Libris. You may remember me from such articles as Calgarian Nights:1001 steps to rebuild your franchise and Jay Feaster: Communist Threat from Within! I’ve been asked to speak to you today about something I'm sure you're all worried about: how to cheer for a bad sports team.

If you're like me you've probably spent time recently cheering for a bad sports team, watching them insult the game with their very presence and humiliate your once-proud metropolis as they plumb the depths of ineptitude through what seems like a soul-crushingly eternal exercise in futility.

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Brian Burke: Let's Make a Deal!

RexLibris
January 19 2014 10:56AM

*The above photo is Brian Burke at the draft with Chris Pronger, a defenseman Burke believed in strongly enough to trade up in the draft order to acquire...hint hint

Amongst NHL media and fans there is the general belief that Brian Burke is one of the best GMs in the league when it comes to trades, specifically that he is better capable of stealing quality talent out of an organization than many or most of his peers.

Being the iconoclastic contrarian that I am, I decided I’d take a look into this to determine whether this was indeed true, and if so to what extent and based on what factors. I also wanted to look further into Burke's history as a GM and determine where he ranks amongst his peers in the league.

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