October 08 2010 09:44AM
Flames Nation continues its review of the other Northwest Division squads. Next up, Minnesota.
October 06 2010 08:24AM
Flames Nation continues its preview of the other teams in the Northwest Division with a look at Colorado.
October 04 2010 09:35PM
Over the next few days, Flames Nation will offer previews of every team in the Northwest division. To start off, here's an overview of the Vancouver Canucks.
Regular season – NW division champions: 103 points, 3rd seed in WC playoffs
Playoffs - Beat L.A. 4-2 in first round, lost 4-2 to Chicago in second round
Significant additions - Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres, Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard
Injuries – Alexandre Burrows, and shockingly, Sami Salo
Key players – Sedins, Kesler, Luongo
Cap position – tight
Predicted finish - 1st in the division
The Canucks are this season's semi-fashionable pick to end Canada's Stanley Cup drought, given that they didn't lose any major contributors and might have added a couple of very nice, albeit somewhat overpaid D. The team also appears to have filled in a hole or two in their bottom six. As much as I might like to see them fail, Vancouver are division favourites for good reason.
October 01 2010 11:13PM
Normally, I take considerable satisfaction in a Flame victory over the Grease, even in pre-season. I won't throw the win tonight back or anything, but the quality of the opposition tonight was poor enough that the injuries Calgary suffered are much more noteworthy.
October 01 2010 11:34AM
October. It's the time of year when the evenings finally cool, the leaves turn and fall, and we can finally focus on real hockey. Or, if you live where I do, it's the first time in several months where it isn't going to rain every second damned day and I can sneak a few last rounds on the golf course before the Manitoba winter takes hold.
Ah, but that's not important now, and there is plenty to discuss in this week's round-up. The Flames finally shed a few bodies, the neighbours have one that they'd really like to have disappear, and injuries are not just an issue in Cowtown.