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.
August 20 2013 05:12PM
A fun summer time thought experiment.
It wasn't the strongest UFA crop the NHL has ever seen this off-season, which is why guys like David Clarkson were cashing in with major long-term contracts. Complicating matters is a dropping salary cap that has caused a few teams to buy-out NHLers and a few others not to shop too seriously for bodies.
As a result, even though there wasn't a lot of elite talent available, there is actully more than a few useful NHLers still looking for work. There's so many, in fact, that you could probably build a whole team out of them that could at least compete on a nightly basis. Take a gander: