October 13 2009 06:51AM
After the glowing 4 and 0 start, things have started to slide downhill for the Flames (don't say I didn't warn you!) making things for ripe goat picking. Star gazing has been a little tougher, however...
October 11 2009 12:24AM
The 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday was a bit if cold water on what has been the hottest start in a long time for the Flames organization. And here's some more: the Flames may have 8 of a possible 10 points to start the year, but the record is almost completely illusory.
October 05 2009 07:27PM
In what will be an ongoing series, I present the first Installment of Stars and Goats!
September 24 2009 06:41PM
The pre-season is winding down. Rookies and hopefuls are filtering back to the farm teams and final rosters are being firmed up. It's time to start taking stock of what the new season will hold for the Calgary Flames.
Between luncheons with superstars and avoiding Wayne Gretz, I cobbled together some questions (and answers!) and managed to convince both Jean Lefebvre and TLP to provide some of their own unique insight into what I consider key issues of the 09-10 season. Settle in, this post has some volume to it...
September 09 2009 07:02AM
It's no secret that I'm personally not a fan of the "enforcer" in the modern NHL. As such, I consider the one-way contract handed out to Brian McGrattan to be Sutter's lone misstep this off-season. Here, I'll look at the various ways McGrattan's presence may (or may not) effect the Flames -
There are a number of somewhat mythological explanations behind the heavyweight in hockey: most center around "nuclear deterrent", or "policeman" - a guy who can "answer the bell" as it were. The just-in-case clause, the gun under the pillow. In earlier years, stars were protected by goons. Heck Gretzky actually skated with Semenko on his line sometimes. That doesn't happen as frequently anymore and is a difficult effect to track anyhow: how does one prove a negative? By which I mean, how does one prove the level of agitation a star receives with an enforcer on his team is less than when he plays without one? The cause and effect chain is intuitive and assumed, but, from memory and observation (ie; from watching Eric Godard) it's doesn't seem to be real. Not today.