December 03 2013 12:57PM
(photo courtesy the Abbotsford Heat)
Anybody hoping that the rebuild for the franchise will be a quick one are probably keeping tabs on the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, and they're probably pretty impressed by their performance thus far.
At the beginning of Decemberbthe Heat sit with a 17-6-0-2 record, good for first overall in the AHL. Better yet, the team's doing it with a roster almost entirely bereft of veterans, with the possible exception of goaltender Joey MacDonald and team captain Dean Arsene.
Last week I had the chance to have a phone conversation with Abbotsford head coach Troy G. Ward, now in his third year at the helm of Calgary's farmhands.
December 03 2013 10:24AM
There isn't a lot to talk about in Flamesland these days. The injuries have piled up and, predictably, so have the losses.
Perhaps the primary bone of contention is the coaching, thanks to Bob Hartley's predilection for controversial or at least counter-intuitive choices now and then. The focus on the Flames bench boss will likely increase in the wake of Scott Parker's recent accusations in the Denver Post, to say nothing of the continued scratching of assets like Sven Baertschi.
December 03 2013 08:46AM
It's like Christmas, your birthday and April Fool's Day all wrapped up in one!
This year, you can give the gift of time.
And I don't mean a lousy wristwatch. I mean, they can't even be bothered to put a full day on a watch. Twelve hours, sheesh.
No, instead of a measly twelve hours, you can give out twelve months! That's like giving someone 365 watches. How generous is that?!!
December 02 2013 12:06PM
The month of November is now officially in the rear-view mirror, and we're about to hit the fun part of the year: December. It's a month full of Teddy Bear Tosses, the World Juniors and a lot of NHL hockey. Heck, Jarome Iginla makes his return to Calgary in a couple of weeks.
But before we can dive into December, let's take a quick look back at the tail-end of November!
December 02 2013 09:43AM
It was June 29th, the eve of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I was sitting comfortably on my couch, watching the always excellent TSN panel preview the draft and discuss potential trades that were brewing then.