April 03 2014 08:53AM
Picture of the Flames Future Captain Ben Hanowski courtesty of the Associated Press
On Monday, we began a look at the Calgary Flames. A chance to get to know the Calgary Flames. Are they bad? Are they undercover good? If they were stuck on a stranded island and could only bring one book with them, would it affect their PDO? Basically, the heart of the matter is this: is Brian Burke maybe not a crazy person when he says a rebuild can be done by next year when your Calgary Flames are going to vie for a playoff spot?
But to look only at the good and draw a conclusion means implies that there is no bad, and that's not how we roll at Flames Nation. We've been holed in our underground basement lair all week, and we've come to one key crux of the debate: This team needs more work.
That's not to take away from the great strides made this season, but you don't take the cake out of the oven when it's only half baked unless you're a moron. And you're not a moron, you know this.
So without further adieu, let's introduce some road blocks the team faces ahead, as the fight towards relevance continues upward.
April 02 2014 08:13PM
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April 02 2014 09:58AM
Hi, I'm Rex Libris. You may remember me from such articles as Calgarian Nights:1001 steps to rebuild your franchise and Jay Feaster: Communist Threat from Within! I’ve been asked to speak to you today about something I'm sure you're all worried about: how to cheer for a bad sports team.
If you're like me you've probably spent time recently cheering for a bad sports team, watching them insult the game with their very presence and humiliate your once-proud metropolis as they plumb the depths of ineptitude through what seems like a soul-crushingly eternal exercise in futility.
April 01 2014 07:46PM
It was a close, tight-checking game at the Air Canada Centre this evening, as the Flames continued their road trip in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Despite keeping the score low, the Flames continued some of their defensive dodginess and dropped a close game by a 3-2 score.
April 01 2014 09:30AM
The Leafs sit on the precipice of a truly epic collapse and the Flames are poised to help them to their untimely demise. Basically, the Flames are Scar and the Leafs are Mufasa ... if everyone enjoyed Mufasa's death because they were constantly bombarded with coverage about Mufasa's every roster move or contemplation...whatever, it's not a perfect analogy. Either way, if the Flames can help take out Toronto, the compartment of my brain that houses my Schadenfreude, which was already quite full (see: Canucks, Vancouver and Oilers, Edmonton), will reach near maximum capacity and produce enough endorphins to make me forget that my team's games haven't really mattered since November.
The ice-cold Leafs host the Flames tonight and are fighting for their post-season lives while the Flames are content continuing their quest to leave a trail of scorched earth behind them while they finalize their tee-times for May. The Flames have also been auditioning some new faces in the process as they play out the season. As Ryan pointed out on twitter last night, when Bryce van Brabant plays tonight, it will be the 10th rookie that plays for the Flames this season.
Have a look at tonight's lineup and preview after the jump