The New CBA: To Sign or not to sign a player...that is the question

Kent Wilson
August 11 2011 09:12AM


(Only a few entries left in the Blog-off. Today, Mr.Bader talks about the business side of things)

By Byron Bader**

A debate raging around the league is whether or not you should be signing players now that a new CBA could be in the works after this season or if you should wait it out until everything is settled. I’d see no point in not signing the players for several reasons.

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The worst of The first line center candidates

Kent Wilson
August 10 2011 12:27PM



There was a long running twitter discussion the other day between myself, Steinberg and various others (speak up in the comments) on who may land between Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla this year.

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Jason Gregor
August 10 2011 11:24AM


That's Mark Letestu directly to the right of Sidney Crosby. In part one of Jungle B: Road to the NHL, Letestu gave some insight into his incredible, and rare, ascent up the hockey chain. From a 17-year-old in Junior B in Alberta (Junior C in Ontario), to three years in the AJHL, followed by one year at Western Mighigan and then signing a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Letestu's dream hit a snag in the AHL. 

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The Rebuild Begins Later Rather Than Sooner

Kent Wilson
August 10 2011 07:58AM



(Only a few contributor entries left folks)

By: Al MaGuinness**

Jay Feaster, the General Manager of the Calgary Flames, has already started to tinker with the line-up and, even prior to that, has made a well-documented change to the environment in the dressing room. Fortunately for him, his real work starts next year. For the fans, that means suffering through one more year of mediocrity before the light at the end of the tunnel even begins to show itself.

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Putting the 'M' Back in GM

Kent Wilson
August 09 2011 11:05AM



(Another day, another submission in the FN contributor search. Keep things tough but fair in the comments, as per usual folks)

By: Graham Wiswell**

Welcome to August. The initial excitement and anticipation of the offseason is over, and we’re left only to evaluate. The shocking events and head-scratchers (Carter, Richards, Varlamov etc.) of late June and early July have become old news. August is the time to peel back layers, and take a look beneath the surface.

There are components of management in any profession that are essential. For whatever reason, this foundation can be overlooked in the hockey business. Here, we’ll take a look at the fundamental roles of a manager, especially as it pertains to the Calgary Flames.

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