The Present Past: Setting an Example

Taylor McKee
November 25 2015 03:00PM


Most Calgarians have at least some familiarity with the name Father David Bauer. For most, it's that cold, oddly shaped rink near the University of Calgary and for others it is where one goes to gawk at would-be Olympians and World Junior hopefuls (though it seems Winsport has taken over most of those activities in recent years). There are seemingly a zillion rinks in Calgary, named after many different people from various walks of life so I am not here to lecture the reader for not knowing every fact about each arena's namesake. 

However, one of Calgary's arenas is named after a man who had an enormous impact on Canadian hockey as both a coach and an ambassador of the game on the international stage. Father David Bauer was responsible for coaching numerous Hall of Famers, numerous Canadian Olympic Hockey teams, and was a pretty darn good player in his own right. But it's the story of something he didn't do that I want to get into today after the jump.

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WWYDW: Fish or Cut Bait?

Taylor McKee
November 18 2015 02:00PM

A lot of the complaints about the Flames this year have involved the amount of "dead weight" on the roster. This refers to players on large contracts who aren't contributing enough to justify their continued presence in the lineup, let alone their cap hits (think: Brandon Bollig, Mason Raymond, Ladislav Smid, etc). 

Aside from the impending UFA's like Jiri Hudler, David Jones, and Kris Russell, the Flames have some interesting decisions to make on a couple of their more middling forwards as well. Both Josh Jooris and Joe Colborne are 25 years old and Restricted Free Agents at the end of this season and, if things don't turn around for the Flames quickly, might the Flames consider moving one or both of them if a team comes calling at some point this season? What would you do?

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FGD #17: Flames and Bolts

Taylor McKee
November 12 2015 12:35PM

Okay, you've had time to digest the Kevin Poulin acquisition and I know we are all a little fired up about it. I am too. I think it's definitely safe to say that from here on out, the Flames problems in net are solved and brighter days are ahead. Or perhaps not. Either way, it's gonna be winter soon and death comes to us all!

On a terrifying note, the Flames better bring their A+ game tonight because, despite their mediocre record to start, the Lightning are very dangerous team. I think we can all agree if the Flames play like they did against Florida, this one might get ugly.

There were some changes from that game against the panthers, let's check it out after the jump!

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The Present Past: Bobby Hockey

Taylor McKee
November 09 2015 02:00PM


You might not of heard of Bobby Benson, but he was one heck of a hockey player in one small package. Benson was also a part of some pretty good teams, including the 1924 Calgary Tigers who competed for the Stanley Cup and the 1920 Winnipeg Falcons who absolutely demolished the world and won the very first Olympic Gold Medal ever given out in Ice Hockey (and it wasn't even at the Winter Olympics). 

Benson's story is also a good chance to talk about the way in which hockey Heritage is marketed to fans and the way we remember players from the past. Let's get into it after the jump!

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WWYDW: 3 Moves

Taylor McKee
November 04 2015 01:00PM

This season has been well, horrid so far for the Flames and despite some bright spots (T.J Brodie, J.T Diebor, T. Jorbdie, and Michael Frolik's somewhat Vulcan-ish appearance), many are calling for rolling heads, call ups, line switching, and the return of the Flames retro sweaters. Well, maybe I'm just piling on with that last one but you get the point.

There's no shortage of opinions out there regarding what the Flames should do, so let's assume that you have the power to be the GM of the Flames but with a restriction on the number of moves you can actually make. Think you could fix the Flames in three moves? Let's get into it after the jump.

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