March 10 2014 10:34PM
Tonight's game may be encapsulated by Joe Colborne beating out a defender but over-skating the puck - the effort's there, not the execution.— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) March 11, 2014
The march towards slow, grim death steadies on with a consistent cadence, and on this night, the Los Angeles Kings rolled into town to aid in this ominous reality for your Calgary Flames.
To call this game a pretty one would be to call the works of Thomas Pynchon a study in eternal whimsy. Choppy play. Sustained action lasting sometimes almost as long as 8 seconds. A Ben Stein pace. That's what this game between storied Pacific Division rivals amounted to in this one, and if you missed it, life is good.
Sure, watching the kids can be fun. A vision of the future not falling flat on their face is an encouraging sign. But when you're missing Stajan, Hudler, Glencross, Wideman, Jones (okay, not Jones), and have Lance Bouma on the first line (look we all love Boumer, but let's be honest here), these are the kinds of games we're going to see. Tonight, it was watching the Kings and former Calgary Hitmen standout Marty Jones choke even just a little bit more life out of the Flames season, and well, let's just land on "it'll all be over soon".
March 10 2014 01:29PM
A couple weeks back, the Calgary Flames hosted the Los Angeles Kings in their first game back from the Olympics. That was a rusty Flames team that couldn't solve goalie Jonathan Quick, and lost 2-0. Since then, the team's been rather energized by a bunch of recalls.
The pesky Flames boast eight rookies right now - Joni Ortio, Sean Monahan, Joe Colborne, Markus Granlund, Max Reinhart, Tyler Wotherspoon, Ben Hanowski and Corban Knight. While Abbotsford's line-up is decimated, but at least the organization is able to actually evaluate guys at the NHL level, playing against NHL teams fighting for their playoff lives. (And Edmonton.)
Now the Kings are back, and the Flames should be motivated to prove that they can score a goal - or even beat - the Kings, who played the night before up in Shelbyville.
March 10 2014 10:34AM
Let's kick off the week in hockey with a quick shout-out to Matt Stajan and his wife, Katie. They're obviously going through a rough time and our thoughts and well-wishes go out to them.
The hockey world meanwhile, keeps a-turnin'. NCAA conference playoffs are underway. Junior playoffs loom. And everything else chugs along
March 09 2014 10:14AM
Don’t try to bully a bully.
That’s the statement Brian Burke made to his fellow hockey executives this week while stubbornly clinging to Michael Cammalleri despite the knowledge that the pending unrestricted free agent is almost assuredly moving elsewhere come July.
In Burke’s mind, something is not always better than nothing. Especially when that something means you will be perceived as weak or easily manipulated.
March 08 2014 11:59PM
Just over 24 hours removed from an emotional come-from-behind win at home against the New York Islanders, the Flames visited Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Aside from a brief skirmish between Mark Giordano and Kevin Bieksa in the first period, the Flames didn't have as much intensity and emotion as they did against the Isles. Their execution was also a bit lacking, particularly around the net.
As a result, the Calgary Flames were defeated in a tight-checking 2-1 game that was alternately sloppy, choppy and occasionally hard to watch.