August 21 2012 03:08PM
Just over 14 months ago, the Calgary Flames were backed into a corner. With former first round draft pick Tim Erixon refusing to sign with the club and the team poised to lose him for a mere compensatory second round pick, the team rolled the dice on a trade with the New York Rangers. Just before the deadline to sign draft picks, the Flames sent Erixon and a fifth round pick to the Rangers for prospect Roman Horak and a pair of second round picks (used to take Tyler Wotherspoon and Markus Granlund).
August 21 2012 12:33PM
It's has been pointed out to me on occasion that I tend toward the negative when it comes to my commentary and analysis. While that's not necessarily true, I'll admit a certain misanthropic bend to my writing about the team - in part, due to something of an innate cynicism and in part due to the organization's almost total lack of success over the last plus two decades (with the lone exception of 2004).
August 21 2012 07:11AM
As the billionaires ready themselves to lock-out the millionaires over a few percentage points of total revenues, we here at Nation Radio nevertheless resolutely march on with continued hockey coverage. It may be mid-August and we may be talking about the same stuff in November because the powers-that-be are having their white collar slap fight, but what the hell...it's why we're all here right?
This week, Allan invited some tried and true guests like Corey Pronman, Jonathan Willis and Corey Graham to talk about Oilers prospects, other high-end kids and summer tournaments.
This is Nation Radio.
August 20 2012 03:42PM
Over the weekend, Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun dropped a report, which suggested that Canucks owner - real estate magnate Francesco Aquilini - is planning on taking a run at the financial and marketing catastrophe known as the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, and their primary tenant the Abbotsford Heat.
August 20 2012 03:28PM
Our colleague Eric T over at NHLNumbers has put together a nice addition to the world of advanced stats – time on ice quality of competition (or TOI qualcomp).
The logic is rather simple: a team's best players will generally play the most minutes, the second-best play the second most and so on. As such, you can rate the quality of competition that a club's players face based on the amount of ice-time their opposition usually gets.