January 17 2012 10:14AM
It has been quite the exciting week for the Calgary Flames. After an embarrassing 9-0 loss to the Bruins, the Flames started a four game home stand that was going to define who they were as a team and how far they were willing to go for each other. Were they going to just play out the season, or make a serious run at the playoffs? Were they going to play for their Captain, who was one goal away from his 500th? Or, were some, playing out their days until the season was over and they hit free agency?
As is usually the case with this team, questions surface faster than they can be answered. This past week defined that trend, at least temporarily. Instead of the typically expected rollercoaster of emotions, the fan base was treated to something they needed, and frankly, something the Flames really needed, if they are serious about what direction they want to pursue in the second half.
January 17 2012 10:11AM
As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.
This morning, we unveil the first of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Hart and Vezina Trophies.
January 16 2012 04:49PM
The deal that sent Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to the Habs has already been called the ‘Cammie deal’. It looks like it may have something else in store for the Flames, though.
January 16 2012 09:21AM
As expected they got their free win against Anaheim and split the home games against legitimate NHL teams, although the Ducks did come within a single shot of their best road shot differential of the season (+5). Of course the big story is the surprise return of Mike Cammalleri and the even bigger surprise that Calgary actually had a good draft pick to throw in to get him.
January 15 2012 06:18PM
Last year, Anton Babchuk was not better defensively than Robyn Regehr. I really hope I haven’t blown the minds of anyone that watched even a single game, but that sentence is surprisingly controversial in the statistical community.