October 03 2013 08:51PM
The Calgary Flames began the long road back to relevance tonight in Washington, D.C., with a game in the Verizon Center against the Washington Capitals. With a roster featuring the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, the Capitals were heavy favourites going into their home-opener.
However, in a game they were expected to get trounced in, the Flames provided a preview of how they may tackle things this season.
October 03 2013 03:01PM
The frosty bite of winter beckons.
Like clockwork, a requiem for a dying season, the fall harvest too marks the ceremony of the game of hockey being born anew. And it's a beautiful thing, friends. Hockey is a beautiful thing. Grace, speed, and poise, all in a perfect, simultaneous symmetry, the essence of sport in its fullest display. A virgin sheet of pristine ice serves as a peerless canvas in which teams of artists create art in motion, day after day, until the quest for the game's ultimate prize, itself a timeless piece of art, is earned.
This is more or less what's in store for your Calgary Flames this season.
Or kinda not really.
October 03 2013 11:05AM
1. Taking a run at Baertschi
Probably no one in Calgary was especially happy to see Sven Baertschi seemingly half-ass his way through the rookie tournament — see Jay Feaster's disease rant — or the preseason, but it was more than a little surprising to see Brian Burke come out and speak so frankly about what a huge disappointment he's been.
October 03 2013 07:47AM
After four years of teetering on the edge of the precipice, the Flames finally plunged head first into the abyss. The only pertinent question for the club now is how deep the hole goes.
last year, the season preview was titled battling the inevitable. Thanks to a confluence of circumstances - Iginla's pending free agency, the implosion of the goaltending, bad luck, bad roster construction - Calgary finally, inexorably, lost the battle and the organization was forced to finally do what so many fans and pundits had been suggesting for so long - begin the rebuild.
October 02 2013 02:10PM
With Phil Kessel signing a contract extension for an infinite number of dollars spread over an infinite number of years, this got me thinking about the future cap situation of the Leafs which got me thinking of the recent Colborne trade as perhaps being a harbinger of things to come.
The Leafs traded a young but stalled prospect to the Flames for a song. A conditional 4th round draft pick of a song, to be exact.