MORE IMPORTANT THAN STANLEY: PARENTHOOD

Jason Gregor
September 26 2011 09:51AM

 

 
Most Canadians at some point in their lives have dreamt about being in the NHL. Whether it was through your own eyes, the eyes of a parent as you took your child to a 6 a.m. practice, or even as your infant sits on your lap while you watch Hockey Night in Canada, most of us have fantasized about being directly involved in the NHL.

Often we watch those who have accomplished the near-impossible dream and wish we had their life - millions of dollars, millions of fans and seemingly no real-life issues.
 
However, no amount of money and fame can protect you from the harsh realities of life.

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STOKING THE FIRE - September 26

Vintage Flame
September 26 2011 09:01AM

 

 

 

(Vintage Flame debuts a new, weekly link column which takes a look at interesting material across Flameland, from blog posts to MSM articles)

As the Flames approach the half way point of the pre-season, many fans are asking many questions about the team's performance or what the team will look like. But the question that is on the forefront of everyone's mind is "how is the Captain?" Jarome Iginla has not been on the ice since leaving early only 20 minutes into the team's first training camp practice. Should we be worried?

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Postgame: Shutout at Home

Pat Steinberg
September 25 2011 09:08PM

For the second time in as many nights, the Calgary Flames fell in preseason action to the Edmonton Oilers.  After suffering a 2-1 loss Saturday in Edmonton, the Flames were shutout by their provincial rivals 3-0 Sunday.  It was a game where the Flames controlled the play at even strength, but were unable to generate offensively on a consistent basis.  Combine that with two powerplay goals against, and the Flames fell to 1-3 this preseason.

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FGD: Preseason 4

Pat Steinberg
September 25 2011 12:22PM

The Calgary Flames play their second game in two nights this evening when they complete a preseason home and home set with the Edmonton Oilers (6 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).  The Flames fell 2-1 to the Oilers on Saturday night at Rexall Place as Taylor Hall's third period goal served to be the winner.  Tonight sees a few of Calgary's bubble players get some more game action along with a good mix of vets.

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Player types: The defensive liability

Cam Charron
September 25 2011 10:56AM

 

 

Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

(Previous: The two-way forward, the defensive forward, the offensive liability and the no-way forward)

We move today into the higher event category for players. Remember, high-event players are the ones who drive and allow a lot of shots at both ends when they're on the ice. In short, some of the most exciting players in hockey fit into these next two categories. The first we'll deal with is the Defensive Liability.

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