Five things: What's under the tree?

Ryan Lambert
December 26 2013 09:18AM

1. Throwing a jersey

There was a big to-do this week over an Edmonton Oilers fan throwing his jersey on the ice in disgust late in Saturday night's 6-0 blowout against St. Louis. Lots of people asked what it could portend for all involved, and how the organization would react, and if this is the kind of thing that sparks teams to think differently about the way they've approached things. No less an authority than Elliotte Friedman said this is the kind of thing that the Oilers should be able to rally around, either to prove that guy wrong, or to show him that they're not happy either.

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Five things: Thumbs up

Ryan Lambert
December 19 2013 08:53AM


1. The less said about Boston, the better

Tuesday night featured yet another loss to the Bruins this season, this time on the other side of the continent. But what's interesting about that is the fact that it was in fact the third straight shutout suffered by the Flames at TD Garden.

That's 180 straight minutes without a single goal, but the goalless streak is actually a little longer than that because the last goal scored by Calgary in Boston was Alex Tanguay from Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi at 10:24 of the third in a 3-2 loss on — get this — Oct. 19, 2006. Since then, the Flames have been outscored 16-0 in three games on the road against the Bruins, 5-0, 9-0, and now 2-0. There are second-grade children alive right this second who have never seen the Flames score a goal in Boston. That is mind-blowing.

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Five things: A lovefest

Ryan Lambert
December 12 2013 08:24AM

1. The homecoming

Nice to see the big, long ceremony for Jarome Iginla, who deserved bigger and longer if anything. If that standing ovation before the game lasted all night and they didn't play the game, that might have been fitting. You really can't say enough good things.

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Five things: And we're back

Ryan Lambert
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.

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Five things: Have I got a stat for you

Ryan Lambert
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.

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