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March 06 2015 06:15AM
All your post trade deadline news, Maple Leafs drama, Giordano's Norris chances squashed, the Oilers GM, new players on new teams and more in this week's Roundup.
March 06 2015 12:14AM
Last season, the Calgary Flames won 35 games. With 18 games remaining in the 2014-15 season, this year's edition of the squad has matched that win total. Their 35th win of this season came in an unfamiliar spot for wins - Boston, where they hadn't won in years.
Their method of winning? Well, it was all-too-familiar if you've been following this team this season. The Flames beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout in a game that was quite entertaining, particularly in its dramatic finish.
March 05 2015 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins are close to mirror images of each other this season. Both play aggressive puck pursuit games. Both are reliant on strong blueliners for their success.
However, the Bruins have recently won a Stanley Cup and are basically still trying to strive to stay strong under the salary cap. Calgary? They're the NHL's overachievers and while the salary cap is the main obstacle to the Bruins returning to the post-season, it's their over-reliance on Mark Giordano (and his ensuing injury) that define's Calgary's struggles down the stretch drive.
Calgary faces Boston tonight in the first game of a back-to-back. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. They were in this exact situation when they met in Calgary last month and the Flames won via miraculous third-period comeback. I don't think they can do that again, so hopefully they have a much better game-plan.
The puck drops at 5pm MT and you can catch the game at Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
March 05 2015 12:47PM
In the latest development in a story that keeps dragging on without actually developing, Calgary Flames CEO Ken King stated today that the new arena project would be announced within the next few weeks.
King shared the news in a morning appearance on KISS 95.9 this morning.
March 05 2015 11:00AM
The trade deadline has come and gone, featuring relatively minor moves but a maximum of drama nonetheless. The Glencross swap was expected and straightforward, but there's a lot to talk about when it comes to moving Sven for a second rounder.
- I'll admit, in absence of the knowledge that Baertschi had demanded a trade, I was disappointed in the return for the 22 year old winger. Whatever the circumstances, converting a 13th overall draft choice into a second round pick less than four years after his draft day is significant asset degradation.
- The tendency in the wake of the deal is to point fingers and determine blame. There are roughly two camps to this debate currently: one side who says Baertschi sewered his opportunity with Calgary due a combination of poor attitude and poor performance. The other side says the Flames completely mishandled the player, scuttling his development.
Boringly I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.