The Rise of Gio Part 3: What's Next?

Pat Steinberg
September 10 2011 10:42PM

In the final installment of our series, it's all about the future.  Mark Giordano has seen a remarkable rise to prominence in a very short period of time, starting with his fairly humble beginnings as an unsigned free agent through his time in Russia and now being one of the most important players on the Calgary Flames heading into the coming season.  Giordano enters this campaign in the largest role he's ever played, and judging from how he's met challenges in the past, the future looks to remain very, very bright.

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NATION RADIO - SEPTEMBER 10, 2011

NationRadio
September 10 2011 05:31PM

 

We sincerely hope that this most excellent summer weekend finds you in good spirits and in good health. We have a jim dandy of a lineup for this show. Thom Drance from CanucksArmy, former WHA Oiler Skip Krake, Jonathan Willis, Jason Gregor and Oil Kings commentator Kent Simpson round out the roster this week.

This is NationRadio.

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A GM's Carol: The Ghost Of Draft Schmaft

Pension Plan Puppets
September 09 2011 01:31PM

 
Wonderful images courtesy of Dirty Dangle

Jay Feaster, after a long night, had woken up to head to the bathroom to deposit the remnants of the liter of cola he'd had just before bed. Suddenly, his room started to fill with fog and a sense of lost opportunity washed over him.

"Darrrrryl...."

"My name is Jay."

"Oh yeah, Jaaayyyyy, I'm the Ghost of Draft Schmaft"

"What do you want with me?"

"I'm going to show you the damage that Calgary's terrible drafting has caused."

With that the thickening fog dissipated and Feaster and the ghostly spectre have moved to a chilling scene.

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Player types: The defensive forward

Cam Charron
September 08 2011 03:13PM

 

 

Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

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Flames Comparables: Stempniak and Jokinen

Robert Vollman
September 08 2011 10:55AM

 

 

Every Thursday we're using the Snepsts system to project how many points each of the Flames may score this year.  The Snepsts system, explained over at Hockey Prospectus, searches history for players with similar statistics (adjusted for era scoring levels) and uses their future performance as yardsticks for today's.

Part 1 of our series covered Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay.  This week we'll be looking at Olli Jokinen and Daymond Langkow.  Err … make that Lee Stempniak.

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