October 10 2012 11:12AM
Another week, another reminder that the National Hockey League is still locked out. But don't despair, as the Flames best and brightest prospects are starting their regular seasons – albeit in the American Hockey League or the Hockey East conference of the NCAA.
All this and more in this week's news round-up!
October 10 2012 08:30AM
Photo: Kalle Reimann/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0
“Now that (fill in the blank) has retired, we’ll likely see the Red Wings return to the pack”.
I think I first heard that after the Russian Five gradually left the Red Wings. Then again when Scotty Bowman retired and they lost players like Dominic Hasek, Brendan Shanahan and so on. Yet again when Yzerman retired. And the same things were being said this past summer when Lidstrom retired and they weren’t able to sign Ryan Suter.
October 09 2012 09:51PM
October 09 2012 02:02PM
For the third straight year we're using statistical methods to project how many points each of the Calgary Flames will score. In the first part, which you can read here, we look at their top-six forwards, as well as explaining our approach in a little more detail.
How did we do last year? I'm glad you asked. As you can read in last year's recap, “Calgary got the most out of low-cost depth pieces like Chris Butler, Scott Hannan, Derek Smith and T.J. Brodie, and ultra-high-cost depth piece Cory Sarich, but failed to justify the hefty contract awarded to Anton Babchuk. Mark Giordano's season didn't live up to his potential, and Jay Bouwmeester's performance, while predictable, is still well short of his Norris-level contract - at least scoring-wise.
October 09 2012 10:32AM
Most veteran Flames players are sitting on the sidelines during the lock-out, choosing to spend time with their wives, kids, mistresses, avoid injury, etc.
The good news is, Mikael Backlund isn't one of the idle rich during the work stoppage. His long courtship with home town team Vasteras is over and he'll be making his debut today with fellow alum Patrik Berglund. Swedish writer and friend of the site Uffe Bodin recently caught up with Backlund and asked him a few questions (warning! google translation).