The Positives Are Not Just On The Ice

Christian Roatis
November 25 2014 10:29AM

We are now well into the 2014/2015 rendition of the National Hockey League's regular season, and things around the Calgary, Alberta based team is far rosier than anyone - aside from the apparently brilliant Aaron Ward - could have ever predicted.

The Calgary Flames are listed under "Pacific Division" not "Wild Card" in the Standings and everything seems to be going right for them. They seem to be rolling on Colorado-like luck with the successful empty net pulls with 3 minutes to go and all the third period comebacks, but hey, I'm sure not complaining. It's been a heck of a ride.

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Lady Luck and Markus Granlund

Kent Wilson
November 24 2014 01:30PM

I argued many years ago that an NHL prospect needs at least two of three things to break into the league: talent, opportunity and luck. The reality is a bit more complicated, of course, but as a simple rule of thumb it tends to hold. 

The first two factors are self explanatory. Luck, the third, is the tricky one, both to obtain and understand. My consideration of luck as a key factor in getting kids to the show was based on the illustrative example of David Moss some years ago in Calgary. I think it's an illustrative example of what's happening with Granlund currently and why it will likely mean he's destined to stick in the big league.

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Pat Quinn (1943-2014)

Ryan Pike
November 24 2014 09:31AM

It's with sadness that we pass along the news that Pat Quinn, former Atlanta Flames captain, has passed away following a lengthy battle with an illness. He was 71 years old.

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Sunday Open Thread: The Comeback Kids

Ryan Pike
November 23 2014 01:42PM

We're basking in the afterglow of a wild and exciting shootout win by the Calgary Flames last night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The big comeback has led us to put together this primer on Calgary Flames third period performances. Enjoy!

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
November 23 2014 10:00AM

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Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. We present the latest instalment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season!

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