September 21 2011 11:27PM
Training camp is in full swing, and that means that the proper business of hockey is underway, so a review of some of the news around the league is in order. In this week's go-round, the Flames get the roster down to a more reasonable configuration, the Jets have a noisy start to their exhibition campaign, and Brendan Shanahan has a full plate three nights in to the pre-season.
August 30 2011 07:56AM
This is clearly one of those pieces that I’d rather not have to write, since I’m compelled to discuss a player that, if I had my druthers, would have had the chance to author a Conroy-style coda over the next few years. A player enjoying a period of graceful aging and a nice retirement ceremony is a rare thing to witness in the modern world, though, and yesterday, Daymond Langkow became the latest athlete asked to move along as he neared the gloaming.
August 23 2011 11:47PM
As the Flames prepare for the last season before the next lockout (there's only some much optimism I'm capable of), one of the likely strong suits of this year's team will be the middle of the order. We've spent plenty of time around these parts bemoaning the lack of a clear number one center, and absent some fairly strange occurrences, that's not likely to change, but the Flames' overall depth at forward is the one factor that might haul them into the second season. With that in mind, there's one line I'd like to see assembled from opening day.
August 21 2011 03:12AM
The NHL is mostly in the doldrums in regard to player movement at the moment, but that doesn't mean that the business is completely peaceful, so it's time for a brief review of some of the happenings around the game. In this installment, the league's R and D camp has a few useful ideas, off-ice doings dominate in Phoenix, St. Louis, Dallas and the Island, and a member of hockey's family is laid to rest.
July 27 2011 12:08AM
I'll confess a certain level of amusement over the handwringing going on in the comments here, when it's blatantly obvious that the biggest impediment to the Flames reaching the playoffs last season was a player that has received no mention at all. It's a bit odd, really, that people are willing to agonize over the mediocre play of middling types like Stajan while never, ever discussing the elephant in the room.