February 27 2011 11:56AM
As 2011 approached, there wasn’t much positive to say about the Toronto Maple Leafs. A 13-19-4 record had them sitting 13th in the conference with 30 points. They were just two points up on the woeful New York Islanders, one point behind the Edmonton Oilers, and 14 points out of the playoffs.
A week earlier, Calgary was in much the same position. Entering their December 23rd game against the Dallas Stars, the Flames had a 14-18-3 record, good for 14th in the Western Conference. Nine points out of the playoffs, they had played three games more than the last-place Oilers and somehow led them by a mere two points.
What has happened to these teams?
February 27 2011 09:45AM
February 26 2011 02:03PM
With the Flames position heading into the trade deadline murkier than ever, this deadline discussion proved to be one of the tougher roundtables to put together. Jay Feaster isn't in a prime position to either buy or sell since the Flames aren't a team that can easily tank or contend in the present. The path is an obscure one.
I challenged FN contributors Robert Cleave, Pat Steinberg, Ryan Lambert and Kristen Odland with a few questions on the matter. Here are their responses:
February 26 2011 10:20AM
With the trade deadline upcoming on Monday, this weekend could be a busy one in terms of general NHL movement. Already this morning a whole slew of waiver wire transactions have taken place:
February 25 2011 10:44PM
It wasn't the best display of how to protect a one goal lead put on by the Calgary Flames on Friday night, and in the end, the home side was unable to hold on, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks. Calgary was able to earn the single point, but with slight edge heading into the final frame, they didn't do nearly enough to keep the high powered Sharks at bay, with a Ryane Clowe goal late in the game sending things to extra time.