August 08 2011 07:46AM
(The FN Contributor search resumes today with the fourth installment. Again, please keep comments either supportive or constructive)
By Derrick Newman**
The middle of summer is not the most exciting time for hockey. Free agency is over and done with – well the exciting parts at least. There’s minor tinkering going on in GM’s offices everywhere and arbitrators are bearing down to make the unbiased decisions that could have drastic repercussions on the state of certain franchises (cough Nashville cough).
August 07 2011 01:25PM
This week on NationRadio we have Dustin Nielson of Team 1260, Nation Network Scribe Cam Charron, Pat McLean from the awesome blog Black Dog Hates Skunks, Bob Ridley from the Medicine Hat Tigers and the recent RNH media scrum from World Juniors.
August 06 2011 09:49PM
As we settle into August we've had a good while to digest the moves made by the Calgary Flames since the season ended and Jay Feaster was named the permanent General Manager. There may be moves to be made yet, but it seems like the 2011-12 version of the team is starting to take form as Feaster continues to put his mark on the franchise. There's no question the Flames have taken steps, both forwards and backwards, with the moves they've made this summer.
August 05 2011 06:53AM
(This is the third entry of the FN contributor search, this time by frequent commenter Vintage Flame. Make sure to keep the comments respectful because VF is a moderator 'round these parts.)
By Vintage Flame**
e·lite / i’lēt / Noun 1. A group of people considered to be the best in a particular society or category, especially because of their power, talent or wealth.
Over the past season or two... or three, there have been many threads and discussions debating whether or not Jarome Iginla was, or rather is still, an elite player in the NHL? I think to answer that, you have to look at what it is that actually makes a player “elite” in status. Do you scrutinize the underlying numbers that are so prevalent and monitored in forums such as Flames Nation? Or is there another aspect to a player’s game that elevates him to an elite level; be it in the stats pages or in the eyes of his peers?
August 04 2011 09:20PM
A principle problem of mainstream hockey talk revolves around finding the right value for a defensive player. Evaluating a player's defensive attributes, unfortunately, falls into some pitfalls on the surface. It is absolutely impossible to watch every game and judge each player well defensively, which causes some problems when it comes to handing out individual awards at the end of the season.