The Present Past: Bobby Hockey

Taylor McKee
November 09 2015 02:00PM


You might not of heard of Bobby Benson, but he was one heck of a hockey player in one small package. Benson was also a part of some pretty good teams, including the 1924 Calgary Tigers who competed for the Stanley Cup and the 1920 Winnipeg Falcons who absolutely demolished the world and won the very first Olympic Gold Medal ever given out in Ice Hockey (and it wasn't even at the Winter Olympics). 

Benson's story is also a good chance to talk about the way in which hockey Heritage is marketed to fans and the way we remember players from the past. Let's get into it after the jump!

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What should the Flames do when Jonas Hiller returns?

Ari Yanover
November 09 2015 12:00PM

The Flames had a problem when the season started: they had with three goaltenders. After six games, Karri Ramo was waived, and that seemed to solve the problem - at least until four games later, when Jonas Hiller was hurt mid-game. 

Now, the Flames have just two goalies: Ramo, and Joni Ortio. It's at present unknown just how long this will be the case, as updates regarding Hiller's timetable for recovery have been sparse. He's still at least week or two away, and he's now on the Flames' injured reserve.

But when he recovers, the Flames will be back to square one: they'll have three goalies again.

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The Unusual Case of Poirier's Slow Start

Mike Cadarette
November 09 2015 10:00AM

Slow starts have been pervasive throughout the Flames organization and few are feeling that more than Emile Poirier.

We shouldn’t panic, however. Anyone who has watched Emile Poirier knows he’s been one of the hardest working Heat players this season. But when the Heat’s scoring is dryer than the Mojave in July, all eyes wander in Poirier’s direction.

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CalgaryNEXT, The Olympics, And A Political Perfect Storm

Ryan Pike
November 09 2015 08:00AM

This week, the Calgary Flames will once again be the subject of spirited public debate. But for once this season, there won't be discussion about the team's slow start or their power-play. Instead, the proposal for the club's prospective new home will be discussed at Calgary city council, with the discussion revolving around the next steps for the project going forward.

But while the near-future of CalgaryNEXT is debated this week, let's take some time to think about the longer term - because how a new home for the Calgary Flames is going to actually unfold probably has as much to do about the bigger political picture as it does about the goings-on at City Hall.

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Has Derek Grant Made Markus Granlund Expendable?

Ryan Pike
November 08 2015 12:00PM

Last season, the Calgary Flames made Max Reinhart one of their first recalls from their American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack. A third-year pro, Reinhart was coming up to the end of his entry-level deal and as a player drafted and signed by a previous regime, he was given a shot to prove himself.

He was fine in the NHL, but hardly made a case for future employment. He was soon dispatched back to the AHL, and other players got shots subsequently. Reinhart was traded in the off-season. Based upon the two recalls from the farm thus far this season, I suspect that Derek Grant's emergence as a useful bottom-six player may have turned Markus Granlund into this season's version of Max Reinhart.

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