December 18 2014 11:30AM
The timing of the announcement couldn’t have been more perfect.
If ever there was a time to make a statement as to the absolute certainty of the Calgary Flames’ feeling they have the right man for the job, it’s to extend the head coach of a rebuilding franchise during a six-game losing streak.
It serves as a reminder to the fans that the team’s brass knows there will be plenty of growing pains to come and that the early-season exceeding of all expectations did nothing to change their short or long-term plans.
December 18 2014 08:40AM
1. Well well well
Since the last publication in this space here, the Flames have gone 0-fer in five straight games, running their losing streak to six.
In reading the comments here on the site and in other Flames-related destinations around the internet, from people who swore up and down that all the winning the team did early on was 100 percent feasible, I've been shocked to see that people are more or less fine with this. Well, maybe "fine with this" is not the right term, because no one likes to lose any games — let alone six straight — but it seems to be a grudging acceptance.
December 17 2014 02:55PM
The National Hockey League is abuzz with coaching news nowadays, mostly firings, so for once, here's some good news.
The Flames signed Bob Hartley to a "multi-year" extension, the club announced today. There's a presser later this afternoon on the subject.
December 17 2014 12:00PM
Ladislav Smid is painfully slow on his skates. He wasn't always, but he has been the last couple of seasons. Every stride he takes on the ice looks painful. It seems like, every game, there's at least one hit that he barely manages to get up from. When he does get up, he often limps to the bench as though he were a hundred years old. He grimaces. He bleeds. We can only watch, sharing his pain. Ladislav Smid should not be a NHL player, but he is, seemingly by force of will alone. One gets the sense that Smid would gladly trade a kidney (or other vital organ) for a win, and that's even before the playoffs start! Is such primal will, even when accompanied by a total lack of competence, worth $3.5M a season? Craig MacTavish answered that the season before last. His answer was, "No.". Meanwhile, Taylor Hall is making $6M per season and, rumour has it, he's being shopped around for a king's ransom. Should the Flames be interested?
December 16 2014 10:57PM
The downward slide in the standings continues for the Calgary Flames, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Rangers tonight.
The Flames now have a record of 17-14-2 after 33 games. They're back in action on Friday night when they host the Dallas Stars in another crucial Western Conference game.