January 14 2013 10:36AM
With a few injury exceptions, the Flames players and hopefuls had their first skate yesterday. They'll be on the ice everyday this week and we will likely have at least one writer in attendance to report some observations. For now, here's a few things that are bouncing around my head.
January 13 2013 02:22PM
If you haven't visited the blog in a while 1) What's wrong with you? 2) That's a very good point. 3) But they finally reached an agreement. 4) you may have noticed we haven't had a FGD posting in a long time, except for this one, but it doesn't count, because the guy who wrote it is a bit of a braying ninny starved for attention.
But that's all about to change, as the i's have been dotted, t's crossed, leers exchanged, trust forever shattered, and the end result is a signed MOU, which is a thing, I guess, but also an NHL schedule! Remember those?
Well they're coming back, which means we can all pour into the Saddledome on select days and not have to remark that the big Flaming C at Center Ice is really just a reminder on what we're missing.
So here's the highlights and lowlights of your Calgary Flames schedule.
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.