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.
April 09 2009 06:35PM
TSN is reporting that the Flames have extended pending UFA David Moss for 3 years at 1.3M/year. That's a healthy raise over the $575k he's making this year, but it's still a decent number for a guy of Moss' quality.
David Moss was a decent depth player last season, but he took a step forward into a different stratosphere this year. His 20 goals and 38 points don't tell the whole story. Moss and Curtis Glencross have formed a deadly duo that have frequently out-played other 3rd liners this year: both guys are in the top 10 in the NHL in terms corsi/60 according to behindthenet. Moss' +23 rating is sandwiched between Pavel Datsyuk (+23.4) and Marrian Hossa (+22.3) to give you an idea of the kind of company he's keeping by this metric.
April 09 2009 10:17AM
- Tom Benjamin and I look at the Flames cap troubles during the stretch drive. While the sudden injuries to Regehr, Sarich, Aucoin, Roy etc are certainly tough to put on Sutter, the fact that the Flames have been battling the cap ceiling all year - an issue that was exacerbated by the Jokinen trade - is all Sutter's doing. While playing a man down for the last week or so may or may not have significant ramifications on the Flames season, Sutter should be embarrassed by this issue either way.