April 26 2013 09:02AM
The Flames are going to rebuild. They are also going to focus on the draft, developing talent, attracting free-agents, making the playoffs next season, painting the house, learning Tagalog, and restarting the Middle East peace process. All while providing internet fan forums with wonderful management pop-psych phrases like "post-apex".
When embarking on any constructive venture the two key elements are to first define one’s end-goal, ideally one that is measurable in some fashion. The second is to identify the assets available to achieve that goal.
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).
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.
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.
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?