January 11 2013 06:57PM
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Abbotsford Entertainment Sports Centre
The Heat had a few months to enjoy the services of Sven Baertschi and TJ Brodie (and perhaps guys like Horak and Street as well). The beginning of the end of that starts tonight against the Chicago Wolves though.
None of the kids have been officially called up yet because the organization has to wait for the CBA to be ratified before making any roster moves, but Baertschi is already skating in Calgary with the parent club. Some teams, like OKC, are already sitting out their high-end prospects for fear of injury, so it's unclear what either side will look like this evening. There's no word on whether Brodie, Street and Horak will be healthy viewers or get a few more reps with Abbotsford before moving on to NHL training camp.
January 11 2013 03:09PM
With the chaos of the World Juniors and the NHL lockout finally behind us, we're about to see a return to normalcy. Thus, this is the last weekend without NHL hockey until probably late June. With that, let's see what the Flames kids are up to.
January 11 2013 11:43AM
If you click around the sports books you'll find the Flames aren't being favored by the odds makers to win anything this year. The only team in the West consistently given worse odds to win the Stanley Cup is the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So the people who make money off this stuff are giving Calgary a big, wet raspberry. That's what three consecutive years outside of the playoffs and a doddering, expensive core will do I suppose.
January 11 2013 08:46AM
Sven Baertschi was having the kind of first pro season that any team's fans can get excited about. Picking up 17 points in 19 games was a very solid debut to the season; then he went flying into the boards.
Baertschi sat out the entire month of December recovering. He finally returned last weekend for the two-game set against the Rochester Americans. He picked up an assist and two shots on Friday night, as the Heat went down 5-2 despite firing 50 shots at the Americans' net. Saturday night he looked back to his old self, using his speed to challenge the Amerks' defencemen. He didn't pick up any points but he took four shots.
Late in the third, Sven pulled away from the Rocherster defence only to be hauled down. He didn't score on the subsequent penalty shot, but he showed confidence. Despite being just 20 years old and 20 games into his pro career, Baertschi looks ready to make the parent club.
After Saturday's game we caught up with Sven and talked about his comeback from injury, World Juniors, Swiss hockey and his hockey memories.
January 10 2013 10:59AM
Good day to you, Nation. Welcome to what is now both 2013 and a post lockout utopian dream. Surely with all the news of ratified CBAs, schedule planning, game matchups, shortened training camps, and what is surely to be an exciting blend of rusty hockey players blowing three goal leads and highlight reel dangles, you can expect FlamesNation to lend it's unique stance and unparalleled voice of the Community of The Flaming C throughout all their trials and tribulations this upcoming campaign.
Today though, we pan an ex-Calgary Flame who played a total of 59 games with the team more than 20 years ago and is, at best, entirely forgettable, because, well mostly because it was ahead in the queue and we don't play games with the queue. So with that in mind, Gary Leeman, this is your Two Minutes Hate.