Five things: The first of many all-NCAA editions

Ryan Lambert
September 27 2012 08:56AM

1. An introduction and discussion point

So Tuesday morning was Hockey East Media Day, which is a chance for various members of the local college hockey media to meet and speak with players and coaches from the league's 10 member schools for the first time since the season ended. Hockey East, you'll recall, is the conference for Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold's Boston College Eagles, and Jon Gillies and Mark Jankowski's Providence College Friars.

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Random Thoughts - 4th Liners, 10 Points and $400M Insurance

Kent Wilson
September 26 2012 12:42PM



Sorry Flames fans - there's is just no Flames news to discuss at this point. The team isn't embroiled in an arena scandle, there's no pre-season games to discuss and things have only just started for their prospects in junior and overseas.

Luckily there are a few things interesting bits and pieces floating around the hockey world though. Let's start with Barry Trotz vs fancystats and then move on to more downtown arena talk (yay!)...

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Your Graphical Guide to the NHL Barnyard

Graphic Comments
September 25 2012 08:48PM

We will fight for bovine freedom

If you're anyting like Detroit Red Wings' Senior VP of Barnyard Operations, Jim Devellano, it's sometimes hard to tell elite hockey players apart from the rest of the herd. But never fear, the handy chart above should help you out if you ever get into a pinch.

Now, far be it from me to judge a Lester Patrick Trophy winner like Jimmy Devellano, but the cattle comment was a bit over the top. If there's anything I've learned over the years, it's that you don't poke the bear. You lure it with some bait, and then shoot it while it's not looking.

Wait. No. Not only is that the wrong analogy, it's the wrong animal.

We're talking barnyard animals today, especially those that make up the NHL's pecking order...

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Now I Got Worry: The Flames Ain't Playin' Hockey (REDUX!)

September 25 2012 11:45AM

(Whoops.  I meant to add a whole ton more to this piece before I published it.  Now it just feels incomplete, so I'm adding everything all anew.  If you read this before, read it again.  I promise it will be better - BoL)

I don't know if any of you out there have noticed, but there's not a lot going on at the Dome today. It's like the players, coaches, scouts, management, media, and fans all collectively forgot to attend training camp this morning. I have no idea why.

I suppose that contentious little quibbling over money might have something to do with it, but the fact remains: your Calgary Flames are not playing hockey. Like, anywhere, man. We should find this distressing.

But considering how up in arms the masses got when the news broke that the Flames wouldn't be playing at a golf tournament, the relative detachment from the C of Red on this subject buffaloes my understanding of just what people want this team to do. Clearly, dissecting the inner workings of the average Flames fan is well beyond the scope of my own expertise, so that's going to be an experiment for another day.

Especially since there's just so much more to talk about when it comes to the team and where they'll find themselves playing during the lockout (more specifically, where they aren't)

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Meet the Heat: Who the heck are these guys?

Ryan Pike
September 25 2012 08:30AM



On Friday, the closest thing that we'll get to a Calgary Flames training camp kicks off. But it won't be in Calgary. Instead, it's far, far away in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as the Abbotsford Heat begin camp for the 2012-13 season.

But who, exactly, are these guys? Most of them are Flames draft picks, although a good many of them are not. In the interest of providing fans with a bit of knowledge about these players, here is a brief look at the men who comprise the Flames farm team.

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