August 29 2013 09:26AM
1. I hate summer
The good news is that this is the very last Five Things I will have to write in the month of August, when absolutely nothing happens and everyone just complains, mainly about how there is absolutely nothing happening. The better news is that hockey is just over the horizon, with the Flames set to participate in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton once again this season, starting at the end of next week.
August 22 2013 08:42AM
1. An interesting question from an unlikely source
One wouldn't normally turn to the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey blog for anything particularly enlightening about the Calgary Flames. David Staples is an unapologetic homer and thus everything he deigns to write about the Oilers' southern neighbors is very heavily tinged with trollisms, as you'd expect. Which is fine, because you wouldn't normally come to Flames Nation or any other Calgary-based site for the kind of unbiased coverage of the Edmonton Oilers.
August 15 2013 07:05AM
1. A look at what they've got
With all those mid-summer youth tournaments now concluded, Calgary got a good ol' fashioned eyeful of five of their most prized prospects, all of whom appeared for either Canada or the US at the World Junior Evaluation Camps in Lake Placid last week. The results were, shall we say, mixed.
August 08 2013 09:40AM
1. Where he started
So Christian Roatis wrote a voluminous post "Defending Jay Feaster" this week and it got a lot of very deserved attention. Personally, I'm not sure Feaster necessarily needs defending because he's in a job where he is going to receive criticism a lot of the time almost no matter what he does since that's how the rebuild process usually goes; there's a reason most guys that oversee the beginnings of such actions — Steve Tambellini, etc. — are heavily embattled and tend not to be able to keep their jobs long enough to see their work in the trenches come to fruition.
August 01 2013 09:41AM
So the Flames signed another college free agent this week, this time a kid out of Union College named Josh Jooris, of whom they got a nice eyeful at this most recent development camp.