Teardown time?

Robert Cleave
November 16 2010 02:09PM

 

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 16: Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla  concentrates against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 16, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames beat the Oilers 5-3. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

With the Flames struggling to begin the season, talk of blowing up the team and the management group has started again, with the potential move of the captain as the beginning of that move. I have to question if people really get what a teardown looks like, though, and if their understandable desire to see the Flames improve isn't blinding them to what has happened around the league as of late.

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Injuries and an Emerging Market for Ian White

Kent Wilson
November 16 2010 11:00AM

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 19: Defenseman Ian White  of the Calgary Flames carries the puck into the Nashville Predators zone on October 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

 

I don't know if Darryl Sutter tried to deal one of his extra defenders this off-season (Sarich, Staios come to mind), but I have to assume he did. Unfortunately, the market was saturated with other teams trying to dump expensive blueliners and an excess of NHL caliber guys still waiting in the unemployment line. Add in the tepid demand and you have a rather impossible task.

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Comment of the Week Winner #2 and #3

Kent Wilson
November 15 2010 10:01AM

 

Phew. The last couple of weeks have been tough on Flames fans and the resulting discussions and veritable essays in the comment sections made it even tougher to pick COTW winners.

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Postgame: Better, But Another Loss

Pat Steinberg
November 13 2010 11:32PM

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton (R) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Stockholm October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bob Strong (SWEDEN - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

There was plenty to like about Calgary's game on Saturday night in San Jose, but it goes down as another loss, this time 4-3 at the hands of the Sharks.  Lots of good things happened...Jarome Iginla scored a timely goal and Jay Bouwmeester showed some offensive flair...but in the end, Joe Pavelski's line was the difference, and they drop the Flames two games below. 500.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 16 versus San Jose

Kent Wilson
November 13 2010 10:56PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20242

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