March 04 2014 02:14PM
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The most astute of hockey inclined calendar experts will notice a typo relating to the holiday Christmas. It's listed as the 25th of December on your standard, run of the mill calendar, when in fact it should be the 5th of March. After all, that's when the Trade Deadline is scheduled this year.
For many NHL enthusiasts, this is one of the best days of the 365 we have at our disposal, yearly. We book the day off work or school - the reasoning we give is usually less than truthful, *cough* *sniffle* - and flip on TSN's Tradecentre for a glorious 10 hours (no offense to Sportsnet). Watching the ever talented James Duthie stall for the first four or so hours before the first trade is usually made is just as enjoyable as hearing the "Insiders" break the blockbusters.
March 04 2014 09:40AM
Veteran Flames reporter Steve Macfarlane is back, this time shedding light on the ongoing Mike Cammalleri/Brian Burke/trade/contract saga.
Talk of a contract extension for Michael Cammalleri is nothing more than a marketing play by Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and until-further-notice general manager Brian Burke.
Burke is trying to jack up the price by suggesting the diminutive winger has enough of an edge and other leadership qualities to go with his skill to be the kind of player he’d keep around despite his well-publicized preference for more meat in his lineup.
March 03 2014 09:08PM
Tonight was basically what you'd expect on-paper from a match-up between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild. The Wild, with a talented club, home ice and some good play, pulled out a one-goal win at home. The Flames, full of piss and vinegar, got down twice and battled back before narrowly tasting defeat.
It was exactly what you would have expected, and that's just fine, because nights like this provide a road-map for what tinkering needs to be done to help this team become more competitive. And by sheer coincidence, this handy lesson comes about 42 hours before the trade deadline.
March 03 2014 12:26PM
GRANLUND Vs GRANLUND. PARISE Vs BRODIE. COOKE Vs THE FLAMES. MCGRATTAN Vs THE PUCK.
Yes, it will be another nostalgic Northwest division showdown in Minny tonight, with the Flames welcoming back some familiar faces and trying out some new lines against the Wild, who are firmly seated in the first wildcard position in the Western Conference.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing story lines is the fact that Markus Granlund will be taking on his older brother Mikael for the first time (hopefully of many) in the NHL. Mikael was a top-ten pick (Markus was taken 45th in 2011) for the Wild in the 2010 NHL draft and has had a difficult time adjusting to being a full-time NHLer. But after a strong Olympics he seems to be settling in and is having easily his best season as a pro in North America.
Have a look at the rosters after the jump
March 03 2014 11:00AM
Flashback to March 4th, 2009. Darryl Sutter ignites excitement to an immeasurable level in Calgary by acquiring then-star Olli Jokinen and defenseman Jordan Leopold at the trade deadline.
The Jokinen acquisition was of particular interest to fans, because it seemed Sutter had finally found a star center for Jarome Iginla. The return - a 1st round pick, Matt Lombardi and Brandon Prust - was inconsequential at time considering the hole the Flames had thought they had filled. The deal ended up yielding the Coyotes defenseman Brandon Gormley - via the 1st round pick - who is now a top prospect and looks to have a promising future, while Olli Jokinen helped the Flames slog through a few more years of mediocrity. In hindsight, not the greatest of moves. Now, the Flames have a similar bargaining chip that Phoenix had with Jokinen in Mike Cammalleri: a proven scorer that can push a team over the hump. Phoenix at the moment has stalled, right on top of that hump, and could reverse the roles they played with the Flames in 2009 and land the Flame sniper to nudge themselves over completely.