November 25 2011 05:39PM
We have a FN roundtable coming up in the next few days on the Flames so I'll limit the discussion to the Blues.
St. Louis has gone on a run since Hitchcock replaced Payen and although Ken is usually a guy who can coax better than average results from his clubs, the truth is the Blues were bound to rebound with or without the coaching change. I covered their early season results at HP here. Short version? The Blues had better than average underlying numbers at ES and their record through 13 games this season was almost entirely bad luck.
Hitchcock may be a good move anyways (although Payne was pretty capable work himself), but we should resist assuming a coaching change would suddenly right the ship here in Calgary - the fundamentals were there for the Blues prior to the change and their rebound was inevitable. So while I think the Flames will eventually go on a run at some point as a matter of chance, the local team's issues are a lot deeper.
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November 25 2011 12:19PM
An awful title, I know, but as the Calgary Flames get set to take on the St. Louis Blues tonight, they'll do it with a new face in the lineup (6 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). The Flames claimed forward Blake Comeau off waivers from the New York Islanders earlier today, picking up the 25 year old who scored 24 goals last season. On the results front, Calgary is hoping to snap a two game skid after losing the first pair on this four game trip.
November 25 2011 10:19AM
Word is coming down on twitter that the Flames have claimed Islanders forward Blake Comeau. The 25 year old forward is coming off of a 24-goal, 46-point career season for the Islanders.
November 24 2011 03:34PM
Last week Archaeology asked a great question about players accepting different roles on a team. This is an interesting topic that GMs, Coaches and players alike wrestle with every year.
November 24 2011 11:50AM
The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey's best rejoins the action.