July 04 2012 12:18PM
A day or two after Olli Jokinen signed with the Winnipeg Jets, I saw a lot of chatter about this last 15-games or so amongst fans and pundits on twitter. The big Fin had something of a comeback season last year, scoring 61-points (second on the team) but there's no question he had a dreadful final quarter - starting March 13, he managed just three points in the last 13 games and was a cumulative -14.
That being the Flames "stretch drive" for the playoffs, there was a lot of speculation about Jokinen's health and character to explain his horrible downturn in results. The truth is, however, one doesn't need to turn to health or character issues to sort things out - Jokinen merely hit a dry patch.
July 04 2012 09:07AM
1. Let's start at the very beginning
A secret of the trade: I usually write this column, for Wednesday mornings, on Tuesday afternoons or nights (and, full disclosure, I'm writing this on Monday night because I've got my own stuff going on). I therefore did not know about Jay Feaster's plans to trade for the rights to Dennis Wideman, and then sign the defenseman to a contract before he hit the open market.
July 03 2012 04:17PM
Lost in all the free agent hustle and bustle is that, as July 1 arrives, Flames captain Jarome Iginla is eligible to sign a contract extension with the Calgary Flames. A veteran of almost 1,200 NHL contests and one of a select few to score 500 goals and 1,000 points, Iginla's also the second-longest tenured captain in the NHL (behind Daniel Alfredsson).
All of these factors will play into his next contract.
Precisely whose contract figures we can compare Iginla to is tricky, as quite frankly, there's nobody with comparable numbers in the league except maybe Alfredsson.
July 03 2012 11:17AM
With the acquisition of Jiri Hudler yesterday, there’s been a lot of hemming and hawing about how good he actually is. Are his goals and underlyings merely a result of being on a very very good Detroit team? Or was he helping drive the engine of that Detroit team and other players benefited from him?
July 03 2012 09:41AM
Lost a bit in all the other news over the weekend was the departure of long time Flame David Moss. The oft-injured but always effective winger signed in Phoenix for $4 million over two years. At 30-years old and always a bad hit away from the infirmary, it made some sense for the Flames to seek other options on the right side. Still, the team will miss his uncanny ability to move the puck in the righr direction every night.