December 05 2013 09:48AM
1. The World Junior decision and what it means
So the Flames aren't allowing Sean Monahan to go to World Junior, and it's something about which I am of two minds.
On the one hand it's probably nice for a 19-year-old kid to get a crack at playing in a tournament like that. But moreover I think it gets back to that whole argument of what's best for a player's development; at this point we know what he's going to get in Calgary: 16 minutes a night and power play time.
November 28 2013 09:18AM
1. The Backlund situation
So word on the street is that the Flames are actively shopping Mikael Backlund for reasons that outright defy explanation. Sure, they're not just taking any old bodies you want to give up for him, as Carolina reportedly found to its dismay, but this is taking the sell-off of parts to an illogical extreme.
November 21 2013 10:21AM
1. Why does Bob Hartley hate Sven Baertschi?
On Monday, ahead of the shootout win over the Jets, it was speculated that Sven Baertschi would not be in Bob Hartley's lineup despite the fact that he had points in the two previous games and had generally been pretty good when it comes to puck possession.
November 14 2013 08:49AM
1. A load of hooey
Saw this unreadable tripe from Mark Spector about how the Flames are lovable because they're losing “the right way.” I'm sorry, but there's not a “right way” to lose in the NHL.
November 08 2013 09:47AM
1. The goaltending situation
When the Flames put Joey MacDonald on waivers — as they should have, but hey didn't they just give him a one-year deal this summer? — and called up Reto Berra, few probably expected that he'd be any good at all, let alone give up just two goals on 44 shots to the Blackhawks.