March 06 2014 09:11AM
1. The Flames' action, or lack thereof
So after all that, the Flames' big haul as they attempt to rebuild from years of mismanagement is what will probably end up being a mid-second- and late third-round pick, and the only guys they offloaded were Reto Berra and Lee Stempniak.
Let's start with the former of those deals, which shipped Berra, a 27-year-old goaltending "prospect" who was in way over his head in the NHL and should have no value whatsoever. Getting anything for him, let alone a pick that's likely to be in the 50s, is frankly not half bad. It's more than should have been expected.
February 27 2014 09:10AM
1. The best laugh you're going to have all week
I really don't know what about this Calgary Sun story is funnier: The headline, the first sentence, or the premise.
Headline: “Calgary Flames still haven't ruled out making playoffs.”
First sentence: “The mountain is steep, but not necessarily insurmountable.”
Premise: “Come on down to the Saddledome because we're only neck deep in this quicksand!”
February 20 2014 09:21AM
1. The Latvians
That was one hell of a thing.
Around the time the U.S. scored its final goal against Ondrej Pavelec to go up 4-1, I decided to switch over to the game that was far closer and therefore more interesting: Canada and Latvia. It should not, of course, had been either close or interesting. It should have been a bloodbath. And it's Canada's fault that it wasn't.
February 13 2014 08:40AM
1. Before the break
A few bits of housekeeping here in the final Flames-related Five Thoughts for a few weeks: After this we're on to the Olympics; there are two games on as I type this but Sweden's already pummeling the Czechs and I couldn't care about the Latvian team's fortunes if I had made the roster. And I was one of the last cuts.
February 06 2014 09:06AM
1. Hudler got screwed
The Czech Olympic team finally named a replacement for Vladimir Sobotka and all you Hudlerheads out there are going to be baffled as hell when I tell you that it was, for some reason, not Jiri Hudler.