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April 22 2016 05:00AM
Kyle Dubas staying with the Leafs, 5 losses that shaped the Canucks season, City says no to CalgaryNEXT, should McDavid be Captain in Edmonton, does hitting mean you don't have the puck, how likely can a team come back from 3-1, Top 10 All-time fighters, Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrick Laine and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 21 2016 02:00PM
In something that will no doubt make many of us feel quite old, today's the anniversary of a pretty noteworthy event in Calgary Flames - and National Hockey League - history. Twenty years ago today, highly-touted Western Hockey League product Jarome Iginla was whisked from Kamloops (where the Blazers had just been eliminated from the post-season) to Calgary to make his NHL debut in Game 3 of the Flames' first round series with Chicago.
Iginla was +2 with three shots on goal (and an assist), but the Flames lost the game 7-5 en route to a series sweep by the Blackhawks.
April 21 2016 10:12AM
It is mid-April and after a difficult and disappointing season marred by injuries throughout the lineup, the Edmonton Oilers are looking at a top end draft pick and facing some significant roster changes under their new General Manager.
Is it 2010 or 2016?
April 21 2016 08:00AM
Back in August, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation unveiled their concept for a new arena (for the Calgary Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks) and combined stadium/fieldhouse (for the Stampeders). The idea was to replace the aging Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium with newer facilities, and do to so in a centralized manner in the underutilized West Village area west of downtown.
In early November, City Council set some terms of reference for evaluating the CalgaryNEXT proposal and the city manager's office got to work on Phase 1 of their evaluation – effectively crunching the basic numbers and seeing how everything shook out. The report was made available today on the City's website.
In short? (Emphasis added.)
Administration has come to the conclusion that CalgaryNEXT is not feasible in its present form or location. It is recommended that CSEC be given an opportunity to respond to this report and that The City and CSEC work together to investigate potential locations on or near Stampede Park for an innovative new arena/event centre that benefits Calgarians. It is also recommended that Council reconfirm the Foothills Athletic Park as the preferred location for The City of Calgary fieldhouse project, and that work continue with respect to addressing the contamination issues in West Village.
So what doesn't the City like about the proposal? We dug into the report to find out.
April 20 2016 02:00PM
[ed. You may recognize Christian Tiberi, or "ctibs", from M&G - please welcome him to FlamesNation!]
In the 11 years since the dreadful 2004-05 lockout, NHL hockey has changed dramatically. Thanks to cap-consciousness, the rise of analytics, declining scoring, or what have you, "checking" and "energy" lines have nearly disappeared from the game. There are no longer two tiers of players on forward corps; every forward must be able to drive play and score. If teams want to stay behind the times and check, let them. They're only allowing you offensive zone time.
The ability to roll four effective lines night-in, night-out is an absolute game changer. Teams shouldn't just own the game when their top six is on and sit back when they're off, they should try to own it at all times. A good bottom six won't save an overall bad team, but they'll boost a good team immensely.
To an extent, this sounds like the 2014-15 Flames. With regards to the bottom six, a few players stepped up and helped carry a formidable top six into a surprise playoff appearance.
So how did that carry over into 2015-16? Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...