August 28 2013 10:18AM
The long summer doldrums will soon be at an end. Next week is the young stars tournament in BC (and yes, the Nation will have people accredited and in arena to cover it) and then shortly after that is rookie camp, main camp and the pre-season (yay!).
Prior off-seasons have been spent debating the organization's direction, but this year the way forward was devastatingly obvious - like creeping out of the basement after a tornado has ripped your home from its foundations. There's only one option left - to rebuild.
August 25 2013 10:38AM
(This article is by long-time Flames/Oilers blogger Sapp McIntosh. He doesn't have his own place anymore, so I agreed to publish it here on FN)
By: Sapp MacIntosh
The Russian government has recently made it perfectly clear they are not fans of people who love those who share like chromosomes (and/or genitalia). Russia has said any signs of support for human rights (and let’s be clear, this is not a gender/sexual orientation issue, it is a human rights issue) will not be tolerated.
August 24 2013 11:20AM
This came up in the Fan Ask from yesterday and it's a tough one. The Flames are currently at the onset of the rebuild and from where they're standing the desert seems to stretch out infinitely in all directions. "Forever" is the reflexive response of some, I think.
August 23 2013 01:33PM
In the second installation of FlamesNation's new "Fan Ask" feature, I took to twitter yesterday and asked people to forward me some questions to mull over. I replied to some glibly yesterday, but here are the more in-depth responses.
Topics include what I would add to the Flames front office, whether the team should tank for McDavid and who I would choose to coach Calgary this upcoming season...
August 21 2013 10:10AM
@Kent_Wilson What sort of price point do you think CAL needs to buy UFA's on 1 yr deals with an eye to trading them at deadline?— speeds (@hockeysymposium) August 20, 2013
Yesterday I jokingly built an all UFA roster as a way to show the sheer amount of decent NHLers who are still looking for work in the late stages of the off-season.The above twitter comment by Oilers fan Speeds made me realize, however, that the guys in question may now be desperate enough to sign a short term "rehab" Calgary given how limited their options are.
This could benefit the team in a couple of ways: more tradable assets or an accelerated improvement curve.