Random Thoughts - More MIkael Backlund

Kent Wilson
November 25 2013 09:13AM



With Darren Dreger recently tweeting that the Flames are shopping Backlund, it seems more and more that the former first rounders time with the organization is drawing to a close. We've defended backs around here a lot over the years, so this is going to seem redundant, but here's a bit on why moving him for pennies on the dollar is a bad bet.

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FLames acquire Lane MacDermid AKA: Tim Jackman

Kent Wilson
November 22 2013 11:19AM


NHL Hockey: Sep 27 Oilers vs Stars

- pic via OKC Barons


Flames announced another minor trade today. This time they pick up 24-year old tough guy Lane MacDermid from Dallas in exchange for Calgary's 6th round pick. MacDermid was a 4th round pick of the Bruins back in 2009. His career high in terms of points as a pro is 19. He also regularly hits triple digits in the PIM column.

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FGD: Jockeying for Position

Kent Wilson
November 22 2013 10:29AM



Remember when Dale Tallon landed in Florida and started throwing money around like a drunken sailor? Some rather bold expectations were born regarding the Panthers that summer, particularly because the erstwhile Hawks GM had recently built a powerhouse in Chicago (though it took many years and many blunders to get it right).

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Post-Game: Licking Envelopes

Kent Wilson
November 20 2013 11:20PM



There is a Classic Simpson's episode where Bart misses a school field trip to the chocolate factory. To keep him busy, Skinner puts him to work licking envelopes in the office. Tongue raw and mind numb, Bart inevitably glances in desperation at the clock on the wall, which ticks slowly for a few seconds and then actually reverses. Bart groans in despair.

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Post-Game: Scraping Bottom

Kent Wilson
November 17 2013 09:49AM


It was the Clash of the Cretins last night as both Alberta teams entered the last night sitting 14th and 15th in the Western Conference. The Flames got off to a decent start in October and raised hopes that perhaps the rebuild wasn't going to be as long or as painful as initially feared, but that outburst was short-lived. The Oilers, in contrast, were meant to finally take a step forward this season and start actually contending for something after seven years of wandering the desert, but instead have found themselves in the familiar position of being the league's punching bag.

So, aside from pride and the Springfield-Shelbyville rivalry, the stakes were pretty low. 

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