Optimistic Approach

Pat Steinberg
September 11 2010 02:03AM

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 6: Rene Bourque (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla #12 and Matt Stajan #18 against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of NHL action on April 6, 2010 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

As the Calgary Flames prepare for training camp, there seems to be one common theme we're hearing from the team as they've all now arrived in the city.  Whether it be individuals looking to bounce back from down years or whether guys are looking at it from a team standpoint, everyone is looking at the 2010-11 campgain as a chance at redemption.  That optimistic approach will be the theme around the Flames to start the season, but eventually it has to turn into results.

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Percentages

Robert Cleave
September 08 2010 11:20PM

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Rob Kerr's blogpost from earlier this evening got me thinking about the potential for an offensive bounce back from the Flames this season. He mentioned several of the usual suspects along the way, and I noticed that many of them had poor shooting percentage seasons in 09/10. I know luck doesn't always perfectly balance, but it did seem reasonable to examine the possibility that the club might expect more goals in 10/11 via the bounces.

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On Mikael Backlund

Kent Wilson
September 07 2010 10:12AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames flips the puck into the offensive zone past Jeff Tambellini #15 of the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

 

With the recent news that Daymond Langkow is nearing 100% and is probable to play a majority of the season (if not all 82 games), the chances that Mikael Backlund is inevtiably bound for Abbotsford are good. This will no doubt cause some consternation in a portion of the Flames fanbase. Perhaps not without reason.

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September 6 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
September 05 2010 11:31PM

                                   

 

The round-up is back for another week, and there will only be one more edition before training camp begins, thank Jeebus. I'm as tired of writing about off-season stuff as you are of reading about it, I'm certain, so let's get through this time around and move on, shall we? In this installment, various Flames return to the ice, the interminable Kovy nonsense ends with a few new rules in its wake, and next year's escrow number is mooted.

 

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Masterful Inaction

Robert Cleave
September 03 2010 10:24AM

                                  

I'm not exactly Mr. Merry Sunshine when it comes to Darryl Sutter's performance as GM since the Phaneuf trade, but he got one matter so absolutely correct it seems only fair to examine it. In the run-up to free agency, Sutter noted that a team could find 10 goal scorers for 600K in August, which was a comment on Eric Nystrom's status. Nystrom signed for a bit more than that in Minnesota, of course, securing a 1.4M x 3 year deal from Chuck Fletcher on the very first day of the free agent period. That's more than Curtis Glencross or David Moss, and although Moss has his detractors, he's played decently against middling comp the last few years. Nystrom has never played anything but the stiffs, and has never accomplished anything of note along the way. I though it was a bad deal from the get-go.

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