January 03 2013 11:51AM
1. Another good draft
While you and I may sit here and disagree with the selection of Mark Jankowski all day and night, the fact remains that the Flames have been able to put together goodish drafts under Jay Feaster, at least in terms of early returns.
December 27 2012 01:36PM
1. It seems this is a thing now
Pierre LeBrun recently posted a list of 10 things he thought the league could do to make this whole "second lockout in eight years" thing up to the fans. Then Greg Wyshynski posted his list of five things the league could do. There was some overlap, and the areas where they agreed came because they were sensible. Free Center Ice for everyone? Yeah, that's obvious. Playing 3-on-3 overtime after the traditional 4-on-4 is also a way to get around of the shootout in many games, which is terrible and awful.
December 20 2012 02:09PM
1. Interesting about this European disquiet
The thing we always heard about guys going over to Europe during the lockout is that while they wouldn't exactly be able to make the kind of living they were used to in the NHL, they could do well enough, and play hockey at a high level.
And that may very well be true.
December 10 2012 02:27PM
As you probably know by now I am acutely familiar with the work of Calgary's two prospects on the Boston College Eagles, Johnny Gaudreau and Billy Arnold. Both are very good college hockey forwards on the best team in the country, which just happens to be the best program of the last decade, and is run by the greatest coach in college hockey history, Jerry York.
Last Friday, I ventured down to Providence College, home to another pair of Calgary's NCAA-based recruits, (forward Mark Jankowski and goaltender Jon Gillies) in hopes of seeing what I thought was going to be an historic event.
December 06 2012 08:19AM
1. I can't believe it maybe possibly coulda worked
When it was first announced that the owners and players should meet by themselves, with no Bettman and no Fehr, I was admittedly very skeptical.
Seemed like a PR scheme, especially because Murray Edwards and Jeremy Jacobs were almost immediately tabbed as two of the owners in the meeting. They'd been hardlining their asses off from August until the day before the meeting, and I saw no reason that 18 players with no legal experts on their side of the table would be enough to intimidate them into not doing so now.