May 23 2013 08:48AM
1. Whither the Canucks?
So they gave the ol' heave-ho to poor Alain Vigneault today, who was victimized mainly by injury but also his own general manager's inability to do his job properly. Isn't that always the way?
May 22 2013 11:22AM
And then there were nine.
One day after Kent updated us all on what is truly a grim goaltending situation for your Calgary Flames, young Daniel Taylor of Plymouth, a broth of a lad, packed up his pads and shipped off far away overseas.
No, Danny is not joining the British Armed Forces in an ongoing fight for Democracy (or whatever it is they do, I'm horribly ignorant when it comes to worldly matters). Nay, he has, as it turns out, inked himself a deal to go play in the SEL with Färjestad BK.
According to a press release via the team's website (WARNING: SWEDISH!), Taylor will duke it out with incumbent puckstopper Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel for ALL THE MINUTES next season in Scandinavia. Hilariously, if you translate the page into English, it does make it seem like Danny Taylor is the greatest goalie in the history of the world, who does everything with poise and grace, and that's pretty adorable. In all seriousness, I'm happy for Danny. He seems like a solid dude, and I'd like to see good things happen for him over in Europe.
Because really, it's not like those good things were ever going to happen here.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the REAL reason why this is such a glorious opportunity for Danny, as it should be noted that everything Färjestad is (read: pretty damn good at hockey) is because of their superhero boss and former Flames God, Mr. Hakan Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobbbbbb. So I guess you could say I'm a little bit jealous.
May 21 2013 02:01PM
- pic via resolute, wikimedia commons
For the first time in a decade, the Flames are entering the off-season without really knowing who their starter will be in October. Miikka Kiprusoff hasn't officially retired yet, but even if the 37 year old puckstopper decides he wants to play out the final season of his deal it would make sense for the club to use their compliance buy-out this summer to make his onerous $5.83M cap hit disappear.
Even if Kipper somehow sticks around, the Flames should be looking for its next starter this coming season - Calgary's mission is primarily exploratory next season, so it wouldn't benefit the org to stick to the tried and true even if it is an option.
So if not Kipper, then who? Here's how Calgary's crease depth chart looks heading into the draft and free agency:
May 21 2013 10:19AM
- pic via Resolute, wikimedia commons
Although we focus a lot on corsi/possession analysis here at FN when it comes to assessing players and teams, there are obviously othe metrics to take into account when evaluating talent/impact. One of those things which we don't talk about too much is penalty differential, or the difference between a players penalties taken and drawn.
May 20 2013 10:42AM
A few random thoughts on the world championships, memorial cup and how the Flames draft picks are settling out.