January 13 2013 11:16AM
The CBA is officially ratified and hockey fans can rest assured that we won't ever see another lockout. Well, at least until 2022. In the mean-time, the NHL has released its schedule and the Calgary Flames will begin camp for the shortened 2013 season on Sunday.
The Flames released their camp roster and schedule late Saturday. Here's a quick-and-dirty primer.
January 12 2013 06:44PM
Location: Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre
Leland Irving got a chance to make an impression with the Flames organizationlast night with his first start in nearly a month. It didn't go well. The former first rounder let in 3 goals in 10 shots in the opening period, essentially sealing he clubs fate in the first 20 minutes. Danny Taylor replaced him in the second, but the damage was done.
Irving now has a steep mountain to climb heading into Flames training camp. After making a decent impression in his cup of coffee with the team last season, he subsequently lost his starting position to Taylor on the farm and the usurpation has held (deepened, in fact) this year. Barry Burst pushed Irving even further away from the Abbotsford crease and through the first 3+ months of play, Irving has only six games and managed a ghastly .878 SV%.
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.