Bob the Builder Is The Right Man For the Job - For Now

Steve Macfarlane
December 18 2014 11:30AM

The timing of the announcement couldn’t have been more perfect.

If ever there was a time to make a statement as to the absolute certainty of the Calgary Flames’ feeling they have the right man for the job, it’s to extend the head coach of a rebuilding franchise during a six-game losing streak.

It serves as a reminder to the fans that the team’s brass knows there will be plenty of growing pains to come and that the early-season exceeding of all expectations did nothing to change their short or long-term plans.

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Everybody Loves Raymond: Cochrane Product Enjoying Life With Team He Grew Up Cheering For

Steve Macfarlane
October 30 2014 03:30PM

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There’s never a good time to be injured as an NHLer, but if there was, now would probably be it for Flames winger Mason Raymond.

He’s still in the midst of moving into a new Calgary home with wife Megan and two-and-a-half-year-old son Max. After spending much of early part of the season on the road, the 29-year-old Cochrane product is looking forward to getting settled off the ice after looking very comfortable on the ice with the Flames in the early part of the season before a shoulder injury temporarily put him on the shelf this week.

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Dynamite Night for Calder Trophy Candidates

Steve Macfarlane
October 22 2014 11:04AM

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The odds-on favourite for the Calder Trophy is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin.

Calgary Flames darkhorse Johnny Gaudreau, though, won’t be an underdog for long if he keeps getting on the nightly highlight reel.

The way Gaudreau is progressing, it’s just a matter of time before those who omitted him in their preseason Calder predictions add him to their list of frontrunners and give the Flames hope for their first rookie of the year since Sergei Makarov in 1990.

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Give The Gaudreau Demotion Talk A Rest—At Least For Now

Steve Macfarlane
October 18 2014 11:00AM

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While it’s true that Johnny Hockey clearly needed to take a seat after five games of less-than-promising performances to start his first NHL season, the press-box benching doesn’t mean his next stop has to be the American Hockey League.

You didn’t really think it would be easy making the jump from the college ranks to the fastest and most fluid game on Earth, did you?

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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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