February 19 2013 09:38AM
eason in the Kontinental Hockey League finished on Sunday and the annual Gagarin Cup playoffs – named for Hero of the Soviet Union (and first human being in space) Yuri Gagarin – begins later this week.
February 18 2013 11:07PM
The Flames looked to go into the desert, find the magical oasis and leave with two points to finally put them over the .500 mark. Instead they ended up running out of gas, lost, and will be on the plane tending to some really bad dog bites.
Experimenting with yet another goaltender, Calgary seems quite content to try and make hay out of whatever the opposition gives then on any given night.
Tonight, Mike Smith didn't give them a thing, and after clawing their way back against Dallas last night for the win, they simply had nothing left in their canteens once they got to the desert.
February 18 2013 03:51PM
In some ways, the Phoenix Coyotes are the anti-Flames: they have a terrible ownership position, lackluster fan support, a lousy budget and next to no expectations every year. And yet, despite those obstacles, the club manages to remain competitive under the steady guidance of Don Maloney and Dave Tippett, each year pressing for a playoff position with a motley crew of apparent has-beens and misfit toys.
February 18 2013 12:06PM
When you’re a kid that is drafted into the NHL in the first round, the honour unfortunately also comes with its share of pressure and expectations. When you’re the son of an NHL icon, there are even more pressures on you before you’ve taken your first step on NHL ice. But what about when you are the son of an icon but, you aren’t drafted until the sixth round? What are expectations now of your talents and how they compare within your pedigree?
By no means did Hull begin his career destined for greatness.
In fact it wasn’t even certain. For Brett junior hockey would begin in the BCJHL and the Penticton Knights, a tier two team below the major junior level. At 5’10” and about 220 lbs, he wasn’t the most fluid and graceful skater on the ice. Despite his mother being an American professional figure skater, Brett seemed to miss out on inheriting that talent from the matriarchal gene pool. So much in fact, that he earned the nickname “Pickle”.
Not to be labeled and not to be denied, Brett Hull would indeed go on not only to the NHL, but once there, step from his father’s shadow and make a name for himself as one of the true greats to play the game.
February 17 2013 08:52PM
So after a terrible game against the Blues, what better team to get back in the saddle against than a team you just beat 7-4, right?
With a ton of changes to the line-up, demotions, waivers and throwing yet another dart at the board for a centre, your Calgary Flames looked to do just exactly that. Though the players might change, the game does not, and if Calgary could manage to replicate what they did four nights ago, they'd be back to .500 and able to justify changes that have had the fans pulling their hair out the last couple days.
Look to your leaders, and if that doesn't work, well hope you have some unlikely surprises rise to the top.