July 29 2011 11:39AM
Edmonton will host most of the best under-20 players our country has to offer starting Wednesday August 3rd. Hockey Canada has invited 47 players to this year's camp; four goalies, 17 D-men and 26 forwards, but some of the invitees will likely be in the NHL in October, and won't be available to help Canada try and regain the gold medal after back-to-back silver medals.
July 28 2011 10:05AM
As we continue to discuss (and argue about) the various reasons why the Flames are perpetually middling, it makes sense to start suggesting some solutions to the problem. A little while ago, I wrote that Calgary should target Steven Stamkos with an offer sheet. Perhaps a more realistic strategy would be to aggressively pursue one Zach Parise when he becomes an unrestriced free agent a year from now.
July 27 2011 12:08AM
I'll confess a certain level of amusement over the handwringing going on in the comments here, when it's blatantly obvious that the biggest impediment to the Flames reaching the playoffs last season was a player that has received no mention at all. It's a bit odd, really, that people are willing to agonize over the mediocre play of middling types like Stajan while never, ever discussing the elephant in the room.
July 26 2011 12:56PM
We continue the mediocrity series today by looking at the Flames forward's possession rates and how they compare to each other and to other quality teams in the league. The results are rather unambiguous and illustrate why the club is both better than the NHL's weaker thans as well as a step behind the elites.
July 25 2011 12:33AM
It is today - in the middle of the dog days of summer, with just 58 days until the first pre-season game against the 2nd place, runner-up Vancouver Canucks - that I have decided to ask the hockey gods for a-lil-bit-o-karma.
So let me declare Monday July 25th as Matt Stajan Monday by asking all Flames fans to join in and watch this video in hopes that we can see some Vintage Matt Stajan this upcoming season.
And as an added debt payment to the hockey gods, may I suggest today's reading: