April 26 2011 10:41AM
The Lambert grades are in, so it's time to get out the graphing calculators and slide rulers and jump head first into the esoteric world of advanced stats once again. This time, I'll be taking a look at the Flames top-six forward group. Well...sort of, since a lot of guys jumped in and out of the top-six as the season progressed. I had to make some decisions as to who to concentrate on, so a couple of guys may look out of place here *cough*Stajan*cough*. Don't worry though - we'll get to everyone in good time.
April 25 2011 10:35AM
Some thoughts on the post-season thus far as well as continued Flames coverage here on FN.
April 24 2011 10:39AM
In our last installment, we perused the Flames' outshooting numbers as a team at even strength when the score was tied, as well as examining Miikka Kiprusoff's work during that game state. Today, it's time to look at the primary skaters on the club.
April 22 2011 05:47PM
Now obviously it would be at least semi-reasonable to throw a blanket over everything with something like a D+ grade for everyone, and I'd probably get very little in the way of argument from anyone who watched this team for 82 games. It wasn't, to put it lightly, a pretty season.
But not EVERYONE had a bad year. No, no, it's true. Not everyone did. Odd though that may seem. So now, let's go through the forwards to make sure each and every performance is given its due, good OR bad (almost entirely bad).
(Please note that all players are listed alphabetically, and that each had to have played 33 games, or 40 percent of the season, to get what I consider a fair grade, relative to expectations. Except in the case of goaltenders and players traded to the team, in which case they're all getting a grade because I don't care.)
April 21 2011 02:36PM
One big positive about the possibility of the Phoenix Coyotes returning to Winnipeg is that Edmonton would no longer be perceived by players as the second-least desirable destination in the NHL, which it now is.