What Calgarians Need To Know About the Oilers Arena Mess

Kent Wilson
August 08 2011 09:12PM

 

 

(No, this is not an entrant into the contributor contest. Duncan already has enough jobs)

By: Duncan Kinney**

As a Calgarian who has lived and worked in Edmonton for the past two years let me give you the skinny on the mess that’s going on up here in Edmonchuk and the awkward stylings of their quirky Mr. Burns-esque billionaire pharmaceutical emperor and hockey team owner.

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Q&A with Brent Sopel

Kent Wilson
August 08 2011 09:57AM

 

 

(Andrey Osadchenko recently caught up with Brent Sopel. Here he talks to him about growing up on the prairies, playing for the Canucks winning the cup and signing in the KHL).

By: Andrey Osadchenko

- You were born in Calgary. What was it like growing up out there?

I was born in Calgary, indeed. But I lived there only for a couple years and moved to the prairies – to Saskatoon. That’s where I learned that I wanted to play hockey.

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Calgary Flames State of the Union

Kent Wilson
August 08 2011 07:46AM

 

 

(The FN Contributor search resumes today with the fourth installment. Again, please keep comments either supportive or constructive)

By Derrick Newman**

The middle of summer is not the most exciting time for hockey. Free agency is over and done with – well the exciting parts at least. There’s minor tinkering going on in GM’s offices everywhere and arbitrators are bearing down to make the unbiased decisions that could have drastic repercussions on the state of certain franchises (cough Nashville cough).

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What Makes an Elite Player...Elite?

Kent Wilson
August 05 2011 06:53AM

(This is the third entry of the FN contributor search, this time by frequent commenter Vintage Flame. Make sure to keep the comments respectful because VF is a moderator 'round these parts.)

By Vintage Flame**

e·lite / i’lēt / Noun 1. A group of people considered to be the best in a particular society or category, especially because of their power, talent or wealth.

Over the past season or two... or three, there have been many threads and discussions debating whether or not Jarome Iginla was, or rather is still, an elite player in the NHL? I think to answer that, you have to look at what it is that actually makes a player “elite” in status. Do you scrutinize the underlying numbers that are so prevalent and monitored in forums such as Flames Nation? Or is there another aspect to a player’s game that elevates him to an elite level; be it in the stats pages or in the eyes of his peers?

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More of the Same is Significant Change

Kent Wilson
August 04 2011 09:27AM

 

 

(This is submission two in the ongoing FN contributor search. Once again share your thoughts in the comments, but keep things constructive or complimentary)

By Jake Travis**

With the era of the Feast only a few months old, Jay Feaster has already managed to drastically change the way in which the Calgary Flames operate. Whether it be on the ice or in the boardroom, Feaster's impact on the organization has been a significant one. Much of what he's done unfortunately won't appease the frenzied July 1st/NHL Entry Draft loving fan that adamantly demanded change at the conclusion of yet another failed season. While the man of the hour did let out a hefty line in an attempt to catch the White Whale that has eluded the Calgary Flames organization for these many years, what he ended up reeling in was something a touch more familiar.

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