April 13 2010 02:55PM
I was supportive of the move to bring in Brent Sutter this past off-season. Although I was ambivalent about Mike Keenan's coaching over his tenure, I liked Sutter's resume, his results in New Jersey and the fact that he had an established history with some of the Flames players (Boyd, Dawes, Phaneuf). He had guided a Devils team featuring the cheapest blueline in the league and half a season of Scott Clemmensen to a division title the year prior - a team that boasted some impressive stats across the board. With the Flames needing to tighten up the defense, it seemed like a natural fit.
April 12 2010 11:16AM
The Calgary Flames will be holding a press conference at 1pm today. Tune into the fan960 for coverage and make sure to head back to FlamesNation for Pat Steinberg's take. There's no indication of what will be announced, although my money is on "excuse making and status quo".
This week will also feature more post-mortems including my take on Brent Sutter and the Flames roster this season, more than one Jarome Iginla post as well as TLP's player grades. Stay tuned!
April 09 2010 08:44AM
While the game wasn't important or interesting or entertaining on any level, I can say that...
April 08 2010 11:58AM
It is no hyperbole to state that this Flames season has been an abject failure from just about every conceivable angle. And it's no exaggeration to claim the the fault of this catastrophic failures lies at the feet of the club's sole, obstinate architecht, one Darryl Sutter. As the authoritarian, patriarchal overseer of this now Sutter-homogenized fiefdom, he gathered to him all his family and followers, firmly wrested control of the organization from his ostensible superiors and, without apology or regret, steered the ship straight into an iceberg.
April 07 2010 10:41AM
The agonizing death march has finally concluded, aptly enough with yet another one goal performance. The Flames were by no means bad last night against San Jose; like many other nights this season they were simply stifled by a lack of creativity and finish. I won't say that was the Flames only problem this year - there's been some very obvious possession and special teams issues - but it has frequently been the most glaring. Charlie Simmer's "get bodies to the net, keep it simple" cliche seems to have been the club's offensive mantra this season, and when pucks started deflecting into the corner rather the net sometime in November (as they were bound to) the wins became a whole lot tougher to come by.