June 04 2009 11:55AM
Summer is, in some ways, the best time of year for the engaged hockey fan: it's the blank slate. A time of infinite possibilities. It's where all the armchair GM's can pretend they're in charge of the club and make imaginary moves according to their own criteria.
Which is what I'm going to do here. In this on-going series, I'll share what I would do as the Calgary Flames General Manager this summer - by which I mean, not what I think Sutter realistically might do, but what I would do if I magically woke up tomorrow in the big chair.
April 28 2009 11:49AM
Lots of post mortems to come in the wake of another first round Flames exit. Let's take a tour around the immediate reactions:
April 20 2009 10:42AM
There's no question Calgary has missed Robyn Regehr through the first two contests of this seris. And Cory Sarich. And, arguably, the speed of Matthew Lombardi.
But one guy who's not being talked about very much is Mark Giordano. Felled by a wonky shoulder, the club sure could use his blend of speed, passing and tenacity against the Hawks. Chicago's uptempo forecheck and team quickness has been forcing the Flames remaing rear-guards to make sub-optimal decisions and passes, especially in and around the neutral zone. A lot of rushes and break-outs have been stuffed by bouncing pucks and long, waist-high coss-ice lobs that are easily picked off.
April 17 2009 11:49AM
That was a gut-punch loss, hey folks? Anyone old enough was probably reminded of Brian Skudland's record setting fastest-play-off-OT-goal-ever against the Flames in '86 when Havlat's shot snuck through Jokinen and Kipper 12 seconds into the extra frame...
Anyways, I went around ye olde intrawebs this morning and collected some reactions.
April 15 2009 10:44AM
The Blackhawks have a lot of assests the Flames will have to be cognizant of: Khabibulin, Kane, Campbell, Toews, Versteeg, Sharp and the monstrous Dustin Byfuglien.
But the scariest of them all is Martin Havlat.