April 28 2010 12:16PM
It's been interesting to see Brian Burke operate in Toronto as he tries to basically rebuild the team from scratch. Some of his strategies have struck me as ill-founded (copious amount of dollars spent on the blueline) while other have seemed downright ridiculous (truculence! Paying more than league minimum for pugilist Colton Orr...).
April 27 2010 07:46AM
The Flames injury decimated farm team has managed to extend their first round series with the Rochester Americans (FLA affiliate) to seven games, despite falling behind three games to one. With Kris Chucko, Carsen Germyn, John Armstrong and John Negrin out of the line-up indefinitely due to injury (and Jason Jaffray only recently returning), the team has had to make due with a hodge-podge of random AHLers to supplement the depleted line-up. Tyler Spurgeon, Shawn Weller, Mark Mitera, John Lammers, Carter Bancks and Jon Rheault were all added late in the season, so it's something of a minor miracle that the Heat are even in this series.
April 26 2010 10:54AM
In part one of this series, we established that Iginla's performance this past season fell short of his expectations and pay grade.
In part two, we saw that the dip in performance was in line with a trend of decline which has been in evidence since Iginla peaked four seasons ago. The decline is also congruent with the career arc of skaters in general, and Marcus Naslund in particular.
In this article, I'll look at what this all potentially means for the organization going forward.
April 21 2010 11:00AM
In part 1, we established that Iginla struggled relative to expectations (and his cap hit) this past season. It was perhaps an unncessary bit of data-mining for those that watched him this season since simply observing his play on a nightly basis was enough to establish that Jarome was off in 2009-10. That said, it's always good to check one's perceptions against measures of performance.
In part 2, we'll look compare Iginla's season in context of his career arc. In part three, I'll investigate what it might mean for the organization and his future in Calgary.
April 16 2010 10:24AM
Perhaps the only debate with the potential to be more divisive than the fate of Darryl Sutter this off-season is what to do with Jarome Iginla. And despite the strong emotions and sentiment such a question evokes, his performance this season renders it a legitimate one.