April 28 2014 12:25PM
It seems a little bizarre for a season this season to feel like a success - a season in which the Flames finished second last in the west - but that's the sense of Flames fans are left with, I think (myself included).
That no one expected anything of the team in the first place is likely the biggest reason people are finding silver linings to focus on in the wake of 2013-14, but there's more to the rising tide of hope in Calgary beyond the influence of lower expectations. The team's noteworthy second half, a fresh new core of talent and a growing stable of prospects are amongst the biggest reasons Flames fans are looking forward to next year.
April 28 2014 08:56AM
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Calgary Flames have their man.
PHX asst GM Brad Treliving has been hired as GM of the Calgary Flames.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 28, 2014
April 27 2014 09:33AM
Hockey clubs will always have a few bad games over the course of a season. Good teams both limit these bad games in number, and in timing, so that they don't happen at key times.
The Abbotsford Heat had a bad game on Saturday night.
They lost 7-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins to go down 2-0 in their best-of-five Calder Cup opening round contest. Game 3 goes Wednesday in Grand Rapids. (Games 4 and 5 would also be in Grand Rapids, so they have quite the hill to climb.)
April 26 2014 09:51AM
The Flames missed the playoffs. It sucks. But the Abbotsford Heat made the playoffs. That's pretty cool. The downside is that a lot fewer people will see the games as would've seen Calgary in the playoffs. Heck, perhaps because of the scrambly nature of the AHL game, fans would've been more entertained by the Heat playoff games than they would by the hypothetical Flames games.
We'll never know.
But Game 1 of the Abbotsford/Grand Rapids series was one of the best back-and-forth games of ice hockey I've seen in quite some time. With 33 seconds left in the second overtime period, Ryan Sproul's point shot eluded Joni Ortio and sent the Griffins back to the hotel with a 2-1 win and a 1-0 series lead.
Game 2 goes Saturday night at 8pm MT on TeamRadio.ca and AHL Live.
April 26 2014 01:52AM
Every year the Oilers fail to make the post season and every
year we are sent out screaming into the world on a backpacking trip, prevented
from scratching out our eyes, being caught bawling in front of a closed Rexall
Place or worse.
This year we are in Australia, the land of Bundy Rums, babes that disappointingly don’t go crazy with desire at the sound of a Canadian accent and the AFL.