FGD: Change

Nation World HQ
November 11 2011 01:31PM

It's been a busy and eventful last 48 hours or so for the Calgary Flames, as they've mad six roster changes over that span preparing for their game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks (6:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).  The Flames will welcome three new faces to the lineup tonight, including Mikael Backlund who will play his first game of the season between Calgary's two leading scorers.

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When War Wasn't An Analogy: Remembering Conn Smythe

Danny Gray
November 11 2011 08:09AM

Conn Smythe and others enlisting in 1939 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The relationship between professional sports and the military has long been a complicated one. To outside observers the NFL often seems like another branch of the American Military. Don Cherry sets aside time each week on Coach’s Corner to remember the fallen men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Both Brian Burke and Luke Schenn travelled to Afghanistan this summer to visit troops serving there with the latter sponsoring a program for the military men and women known as “Luke’s Troops”. While today the relationship is mostly symbolic, in the past the connection was much more direct. No man better demonstrates the relationship between hockey and the military than Conn Smythe.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game Ballot Released

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2011 05:00PM

The NHL released its annual All-Star Game fan ballot today, which means it’s time to look over the list and see which players were undeservedly included and which ones were unfairly ignored.

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Vintage Flame
November 10 2011 02:52PM


Unfortunately this is a story that is becoming all too familiar. The Flames tendency to take one step forward and then one, or even two, steps back is starting to take its toll on many people. There are more questions arising each day than answers can be provided. What has me scratching my head is that if the fans, players, coaches and management are all asking the same thing... then why the hell isn't something being done about it? The buck stops somewhere eventually and when it does, the sounds of the death knell may not be too far behind.

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Backlund Returns - Strategy and Roster Recommendations

Kent Wilson
November 10 2011 09:13AM


This morning on Twitter Mikael Backlund confirmed he will indeed return to the line-up tomorrow night versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Backlund has been out since the start of the season with a broken finger, but is apparently 100% after six weeks of rest and two surgeries on the injured digit.

This has a number of implications for the current line-up. First is that the Flames are already at the 23-man roster limit. Backlund's activation means one of the other players - likely a forward - has to go away. And second, new line combos and coaching decisions are avaialble.

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