Why a Norris might be in T.J. Brodie’s future: The Duncan Keith comparison

Steve Macfarlane
September 16 2014 09:40AM

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It was the 2008 rookie tournament in Camrose when T.J. Brodie first caught my attention.

The team’s fourth-round pick that year quickly flashed his puck-handling skills and his smooth skating ability while playing mostly beside big, lumbering blueliner Matt Pelech.

He made his share of mistakes, as kids with that kind of natural talent tend to do. He was caught too far up the ice on occasion, and got a little cute with the puck at times when he should have just made the safe play, flipped it off the glass and out. But you could see the raw potential.

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Hayes Chooses Rangers Over Reunion

Steve Macfarlane
August 21 2014 01:30PM

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No Kevin Hayes for the Calgary Flames? How could this have happened? How did the team get beat out by the New York Rangers on Wednesday for the services of the big right-winger whose standout Boston College linemates are already part of the organization?

It seemed like a no-brainer, right? With two-thirds of the top line in the NCAA ranks last season making its debut in the Flames’ season finale in Vancouver, where Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold suited up for the Flames days after their championship hopes ended at the Frozen Four in the spring, it made sense to believe the hype that Hayes would seriously consider a reunion when the inevitable happened and he became an unrestricted free agent by rejecting the Chicago Blackhawks’ last contract offer.

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Byron's Big Season Leads to Heavy Decisions Ahead

Steve Macfarlane
April 21 2014 09:00AM

When you’re talking about a 5-foot-8, 160-pounder (a measurement that falls somewhere between his what’s listed on the Flames website and what he suggests he is), the word big doesn’t come up very often.

For Flames forward Paul Byron, it’s come up a lot lately.

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When Push Comes to Shove, Burke Will Eat A Contract But Not His Pride

Steve Macfarlane
March 09 2014 10:14AM


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Don’t try to bully a bully.

That’s the statement Brian Burke made to his fellow hockey executives this week while stubbornly clinging to Michael Cammalleri despite the knowledge that the pending unrestricted free agent is almost assuredly moving elsewhere come July.

In Burke’s mind, something is not always better than nothing. Especially when that something means you will be perceived as weak or easily manipulated.

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Burke’s smoke and mirror show fails to drive up Cammalleri’s price

Steve Macfarlane
March 04 2014 09:40AM

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Veteran Flames reporter Steve Macfarlane is back, this time shedding light on the ongoing Mike Cammalleri/Brian Burke/trade/contract saga.

Talk of a contract extension for Michael Cammalleri is nothing more than a marketing play by Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and until-further-notice general manager Brian Burke.

Burke is trying to jack up the price by suggesting the diminutive winger has enough of an edge and other leadership qualities to go with his skill to be the kind of player he’d keep around despite his well-publicized preference for more meat in his lineup.

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