July 12 2012 07:45AM
1. The Backlund deal
As you all know I have been hyper-critical of the Flames' contract decisions in this offseason — Wideman, enough said — and while I would love to continue to be outraged over this kind of stuff, frankly, the Backlund deal is very, very good.
July 04 2012 09:07AM
1. Let's start at the very beginning
A secret of the trade: I usually write this column, for Wednesday mornings, on Tuesday afternoons or nights (and, full disclosure, I'm writing this on Monday night because I've got my own stuff going on). I therefore did not know about Jay Feaster's plans to trade for the rights to Dennis Wideman, and then sign the defenseman to a contract before he hit the open market.
June 27 2012 07:32AM
1. What was that all about?
I am not, despite appearances, a hard-line guy about some stuff related to the rebuild.
June 20 2012 07:58AM
1. I've seen everything. I've seen it all.
Darren Dreger has a habit of dropping bombshell shockers this time of year (see also: that hilarious Ondrej Pavelec contract demand) but one of particular interest to Flames fans this week was the revelation that the Flames would be open to trading Jay Bouwmeester and Mikael Backlund.
June 13 2012 09:22AM
1. Happy for Darryl
Perhaps the rarest sight in hockey these days isn't something a player does by himself or with the help of his teammates. I think it might be Darryl Sutter's smile.