For the Calgary Flames - A Tutorial on Tanking

RexLibris
April 22 2013 11:31AM

 

 

*This is written with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It is not intended to insult or antagonize the Flames fan base. At this stage of the season, once we’ve finished off everything in the liquor cabinet, humour is all we have left to numb the pain.

At the time of this writing, the Flames have won their last three straight games, beating Detroit, Anaheim, and Minnesota respectively. As a result had been steadily climbing the standings and moving away from the coveted top-three draft position, currently sitting 24th overall (draft position 7th overall effective Monday). The Flames have even managed to ascend one place ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (a mixed blessing certainly for many fans this year).

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Drafting the Troika - Flames and Three First Rounders

RexLibris
April 11 2013 02:08PM

 

 

Since 1995 only eight teams have had three or more 1st round picks in single year. I decided to take a look at those teams, the players chosen, the draft year in question, and then find the most appropriate historical fit for the Flames current situation.

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In Defense of Jay Feaster...Sort Of

RexLibris
March 31 2013 10:57AM

 

 

Henry Ford once said that customers were free to buy a car in any colour they wanted - so long as it was black.

This approach to buyer's choice is somewhat analogous to the options faced by Jay Feaster in the Iginla trade. There was really only one option in the end and Feaster had be content with it, because Ray Shero wasn't going to offer more than he felt he had to and Jarome Iginla had made the decision that he wanted to go to Pittsburgh.

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Identifying The Deep Draft

RexLibris
March 14 2013 11:53AM

2013 is supposedly a deep draft year, something rivaling the vaunted 2003 draft class according to many observers. By all accounts this is the year to sell the farm for as many first round picks as you can get and then just sit back and draft five or six future NHL stars and stalwarts.

But is it, really? And even if it is a deep draft year, what exactly does that mean?

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C'est Buono

RexLibris
February 21 2013 05:20PM

On January 24th Wally Buono held a news conference to announce that he was trading star received and B.C. Lions franchise cornerstone Geroy Simon.

Okay, so we’re talking football in February, but stick with me here.

Simon is a lock for the CFL Hall of Fame, and probably a few other local Halls of Fame in B.C. and his home state of Pennsylvania. His game has diminished partially due to age and injury, but there is no denying that he is still an effective player and a terrific influence to have on the roster of any CFL team. On top of that, Simon had spent eleven years with the Lions, winning two Grey Cup championships and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award. It was Simon’s image that adorned the B.C. Lions Canada Post stamp for the Grey Cup’s 100th birthday.

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