May 06 2010 03:43PM
The other night, I was watching the Penguins and Canadiens play, and I was talking with a friend about the number of players on those teams that they've drafted.
Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski, Talbot, Letang, Staal, Orpik, Kennedy and Fleury were all taken by the Pens via the draft. For the Habs, Plekanec, both Kostitsyns, Subban, Lapierre, Halak, Maxwell, O'Byrne, and Price were all wearing bleu et blanc et rouge on draft day.
And that got me to thinking about the Calgary Flames. Upon doing some research, I quickly wished I'd never undertaken that train of thought.
May 06 2010 10:26AM
The onus to produce and win in the playoffs is immense. Produce and a player will be revered amongst fans and media, but if a player can’t produce in the “real” season he will be chastised mercilessly.
May 06 2010 09:34AM
The Flames have been out of it for about a month now and with no real news to speak of, many fans minds have begun to turn to the inevitable "what if's" that populate the time between now and the start of the new season. And, as usual, the club is facing a lot of uncertainty after a disappointing finish and no obvious or sure-fire cures for what ails them.
With all that in mind, I recently sent some questions out to Nation writers Two-Line Pass, Jean Lefebvre and Pat Steinberg to get a sense of where their speculation has led them thus far. Here are their responses.
1.) Before getting to specifics, what would you consider the Flames primary goal to be next season? Stay competitive, take a step forward or begin the re-build? Your answer will likely inform the rest of your decision making.
May 02 2010 10:04AM
I referenced Brock of OHL Prospects in my first post on the Cameron signing. I decided to contact Otten recently for a more in depth perspective on the newest Calgary Flame. Brock was kind enough to oblige.
May 01 2010 11:42AM
Yep, even though the Flames aren't in the NHL's postseason dance, the city of Calgary gets some postseason action at the 'Dome in different forms. On the hockey front, they've got the WHL's Eastern Conference Champion Calgary Hitmen, who opened their series with Tri City on Friday night with an absolute thumping (7-0 Hitmen). Or there's the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League, who have a Saturday afternoon playoff date with the Edmonton Rush.