September 11 2009 10:07AM
No matter what side of the fence you’re on when it comes to Theoren Fleury’s improbable comeback attempt, the NHL czars’ decision to reinstate the pocket-sized winger after his lengthy exile is good news for Flames fans.
If you actually want the little runt to come back and play, and especially if you want him to wear Flames jersey No. 14 again, the fortuitousness of the decision speaks for itself. No matter how much of a longshot this whole second-coming scenario is for so many reasons, it was a complete non-starter as long as Fleury was persona non grata in the NHL.
September 09 2009 11:49AM
"Hey," my friend asked me the other day, "do you wanna come over and watch some football tonight?"
The idea was laughable. A mixture of college football and an NFL preseason game? Didn't he realize what tonight was? Didn't he realize to whom he was talking?
"No," I said, trying to hide my incredulity at being asked this question, "I don't think I can."
I didn't want to tell him why.
September 09 2009 11:45AM
We have a buddy who has convinced himself for some reason that today - 09-09-09 - is a day of of magic and wonder because of the fact the date can be summarized with the same number thrice. We wonder if everyone has a buddy like this, who looks at the calendar several times a year and exclaims “DAMN SON! Do you realize that it’s (insert stupid date here)” Then he looks around in awe and wonder, as though gumdrops will rain from the sky simply because it’s September 9, 2009.
September 09 2009 07:02AM
It's no secret that I'm personally not a fan of the "enforcer" in the modern NHL. As such, I consider the one-way contract handed out to Brian McGrattan to be Sutter's lone misstep this off-season. Here, I'll look at the various ways McGrattan's presence may (or may not) effect the Flames -
There are a number of somewhat mythological explanations behind the heavyweight in hockey: most center around "nuclear deterrent", or "policeman" - a guy who can "answer the bell" as it were. The just-in-case clause, the gun under the pillow. In earlier years, stars were protected by goons. Heck Gretzky actually skated with Semenko on his line sometimes. That doesn't happen as frequently anymore and is a difficult effect to track anyhow: how does one prove a negative? By which I mean, how does one prove the level of agitation a star receives with an enforcer on his team is less than when he plays without one? The cause and effect chain is intuitive and assumed, but, from memory and observation (ie; from watching Eric Godard) it's doesn't seem to be real. Not today.
September 08 2009 07:46PM
They call it prospects camp and they call it rookie camp, neither of which is completely accurate.
Prospect has that element of speculation, of potential, of possibility, as in "He sure as heck isn't an NHLer now but we believe that with time and some physical maturity, he'll become one."
Mikael Backlund, a physically immature young forward who's still trying get the hang of hockey and life one ocean and then most of a continent away from his homeland, is a prospect.