July 16 2009 09:03AM
Back in January, TSN had an article up on their website about Canucks’ GM Mike Gillis approaching the NHL to request a softer schedule. With the NHL schedule coming out yesterday, what has the result been?
July 16 2009 08:54AM
Just to follow up on Two-Line Pass’ recent entry about how Flames fans should feel fortunate that the Sutter brother No. 5 has agreed to pace behind the Calgary bench, let’s look at the major reason why Brent could be the right man for the job.
July 13 2009 11:09AM
Considering the utter lack of job security among NHL head coaches, and who's out there as possible replacements, I feel pretty good about Brent Sutter being in Calgary.
July 12 2009 12:00AM
Things are shaping up to be interesting at both the major and minor league levels for the Flames organization heading into the new season. The majority of the off-season will be spent analyzing the former so let's take a brief look at latter.
Abbotsford will be the third iteration of the Calgary owned/operated AHL team since Sutter took over the team. The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Kinghts lasted a couple of seasons before moving to Quad Cities this past year. Each version of the Flames farm team has been mediocre or worse for various reasons, primary amongst which was a dearth of high quality prospects in the system. The rare impact youngster that has appeared on the org's radar has spent little or no time are the minor level (Boyd, Phaneuf) while other high draft picks have fizzled (Chucko).
There has been a concerted effort by Sutter to shore up farm's ranks early this summer, indicating an impetus to make the Abbotsford move a successful one. Less than a month into free agency, Darryl has already signed minor league veterans Jamie Lundmark, Kyle Greentree, Riley Armstrong, Jason Jaffray, Staffan Kronwall and Garth Murray. These are the actions of a GM weary of his minor team missing the play-offs I think.
July 11 2009 12:48AM
The name Joe Sakic and the word "class" have appeared in the same sentence countless times since Burnaby Joe's retirement announcement on Thursday. In this case, the term doesn't begin to describe him. It's an understatement.