November 30 2016 10:00AM
It's hard not to love Micheal Ferland. Well, besides Canucks fans who seemingly believe he is the worst human ever to fans/players of the opposition night in and night out assuming he may murder someone. But he's nearly universally beloved by Flames fans.
He's the type of modern NHL player that gets admiration from traditionalists, from stats oriented fans/analysts, and from his teammates. All of this is warranted and against numerous odds he's become an NHL regular: a feat in itself that should get more attention.
But seeing him played in a situation that plays to his underlying impacts rarely happens. What's up with that?
November 30 2016 08:00AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in town tonight. I'm sure you're as thrilled with the completely nonsensical 6:30 p.m. start time as you are with these moronic Dougie Hamilton trade rumours that simply won't die.
Let's talk about the latter.
November 29 2016 12:00PM
We're now two months into the general hockey season, and clearer patterns have begun to emerge. The Flames haven't totally shaken off the early October struggles and are still, at their core, an inconsistent disaster that has been propped up by good goaltending (for once). We've all been waiting for the team to turn the mythical corner, and to their credit, they have. Their only problem is that time is a flat circle.
For the positive side of this intro, let's look to the prospects who, nearly a quarter into the season, have had very good performances. As previously mentioned, clearer patterns have emerged. Contenders have separated from pretenders, and there are more of the former than the latter. Let's dive in.
November 29 2016 10:22AM
This morning, Team Canada officially announced their selection roster for the 2017 World Junior Championship, including Kelowna Rocket and Flames prospect Dillon Dube. The 32 man roster currently contains 19 forwards including Dube, and will be cut to 22 players after selection camp, held from Dec. 11-14 in Broisband, Quebec.
November 29 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames just completed their longest road trip of the season, playing six games in nine nights in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 3-2-1, the Flames earned seven of a possible 12 points and return home one game closer to the .500 mark than when they left.
Three things jumped out at me during Calgary's excursion, two negative and one positive.