December 03 2013 12:57PM
(photo courtesy the Abbotsford Heat)
Anybody hoping that the rebuild for the franchise will be a quick one are probably keeping tabs on the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, and they're probably pretty impressed by their performance thus far.
At the beginning of Decemberbthe Heat sit with a 17-6-0-2 record, good for first overall in the AHL. Better yet, the team's doing it with a roster almost entirely bereft of veterans, with the possible exception of goaltender Joey MacDonald and team captain Dean Arsene.
Last week I had the chance to have a phone conversation with Abbotsford head coach Troy G. Ward, now in his third year at the helm of Calgary's farmhands.
December 02 2013 12:06PM
The month of November is now officially in the rear-view mirror, and we're about to hit the fun part of the year: December. It's a month full of Teddy Bear Tosses, the World Juniors and a lot of NHL hockey. Heck, Jarome Iginla makes his return to Calgary in a couple of weeks.
But before we can dive into December, let's take a quick look back at the tail-end of November!
November 30 2013 11:04PM
After a sub-par effort in Anaheim against the Ducks, the Calgary Flames headed to Los Angeles hoping for a better result, particularly with the team's dads along for the road trip. With a few line-up changes (Karri Ramo, Shane O'Brien and Paul Byron in; Reto Berra, Chris Breen and Sven Baertschi out), the Flames hoped to jump-start their club.
The game ended up being a tight-checking, physical affair. But the Flames brought their working boots, especially compared to their game in Anaheim, and skated away with a 2-1 victory on the road.
November 29 2013 10:33AM
The day after American Thanksgiving is best known as Black Friday, a day where bargain-hunters wake up early to hunt for deals. The Calgary Flames (8-12-4) are no different, as they're up early in Orange County for a 2pm MT matinee date with the Anaheim Ducks (17-7-3), and it's not even the earliest hockey game of the day. It's on Sportsnet's various media properties. The Flames' bad record in the Honda Center is the stuff of legend, as they haven't won in 17 visits to Anaheim. The last visit preceded their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.
Moreover, the Flames are suddenly mired in a streak of bad luck, both on the ice and off. Blown leads, bad starts and a rash of injuries have left Calgary reeling. A win in Anaheim would go a long way towards keeping morale on an upward tick.
November 28 2013 11:40AM
The Calgary Flames may officially be in injury trouble, as the team made a lot of moves related to injuries in the last 24 hours.