February 17 2010 08:27AM
Yesterday I talked about the apparent team-wide improvement that has occured since the Phaneuf and Jokinen trades. Today I'll focus on the apparent effect they've had on Jarome Iginla. One of the unspoken reasons for executing such a major exchange was the struggles of the Flames captain, who is (was?) having one of his worst seasons in the last decade in terms of results and underlying stats.
Prior to the deals, Iginla wasn't really driving possession in a manner that was consistent with his past or his paycheck. In fact, he and Jokinen spent the first half of the season chasing the bad guys around their own end for most of the night. Iggy was on pace for his lowest point total since 2005-06 and his lowest goal total since 1999-2000. It wasn't the result of bad bounces either, since his personal shot rate (3/game) was way off his typical pace (3.65/game). That doesn't look like huge difference, but over an 82 game schedule that's about 50 shots.
February 16 2010 02:04PM
With the Olympic break upon us, now is a good time for some hardcore navel gaving. The Flames have provided plenty of fodder for introspection recently: the unprecedented mid-season house cleaning and their desperate drive for a play-off contain more drama than any of the angsty-privileged-teen shows that currently clutter cable.
February 16 2010 11:41AM
It's time for Canadian hockey fans to openly accept and embrace bigamy. Not the kind the good folks of Utah used to be found of, nor the kind that life a hell of a lot easier (and cheaper) for Tiger Woods. As the Sedins have showed us, it's can be fun to double up.
February 16 2010 01:22AM
OH SNAP Puffy! The Olympic Games finally get underway today when the Canadian Men's Ice Hockey Team faces off against the Norwegians in Vancouver. The Canadians are looking to set the tone with a big start against Norway, showing that a single practice in the last 4 months is exactly enough preparation for this bunch of All Stars to dominate the ice.