January 30 2015 11:54AM
As the Calgary Flames season chugs along, other things are happening off the ice that may have an impact (or not) in the future.
In an appearance with Rob Kerr on The Big Show on Sportsnet 960 The Fan yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned that he had met with Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi, for the first time the day prior. We've since been able to confirm the Wednesday meeting with the mayor's office, though they declined further comment.
January 30 2015 08:30AM
The worst-kept secret in professional sports over the past year is now no longer a secret.
The American League finally announced in a press conference yesterday in San Jose that they've approved the formation of a Pacific Division to begin play in October. As part of the shift west, the Calgary Flames will be transferring their AHL farm club from Glens Falls, New York to Stockton, California.
January 30 2015 12:27AM
The Calgary Flames hoped to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Western Conference's wild-card hopefuls tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome. At the end of a rather spirited goaltending duel, though, the pack may have gotten a break and caught up to them a bit.
Off a Zach Parise goal - hardly the best chance either team got on the night - which stood up as the only goal either team would score, the Flames dropped a 1-0 decision to the Minnesota Wild. It's their 20th loss of the season in their 49th game.
Here's how it happened.
January 29 2015 01:00PM
After a decisive win over the worst team in hockey, the Calgary Flames (26-19-3) return to action tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! But instead of facing a team with zero playoff hopes, the Flames are instead hosting the Minnesota Wild (21-20-6), a team that still has playoff hopes.
Well, dimming hopes. The team from the State of Hockey is seven points back from Calgary for the final playoff spot in the West. A loss to the Flames would put them nine points back, really kicking their post-season dreams in the teeth.
The Flames are simultaneously the hunter - of a divisional playoff spot currently held by San Jose and Vancouver - and the hunted - with four teams chasing them from below. A win tonight would trim the list of pursuers to three.
The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 28 2015 01:15PM
The hockey world will likely be abuzz tomorrow regarding the formal announcement of the retirement of the legendary Martin Brodeur, but another impactful announcement may be occurring on another front.
San Jose Mercury News reporter Mark Purdy, discussing the planned move of the Sharks affiliate (more on that in a second), had a tidbit regarding timelines for the formal announcement of the much-rumoured AHL Pacific Division.
If all goes as planned, the AHL’s entire western strategy will then be officially announced at a Jan. 29 news conference inside SAP Center.
The announcement was likely pending a few things being approved at both the ECHL and American Hockey League's board of governors meetings over the weekend. (Mayor's Manor's John Hoven recently revisited this topic and re-confirmed that the announcement would be Thursday in San Jose.)
Here's how things stand heading into tomorrow, team by team.