On Mikael Backlund

Kent Wilson
September 07 2010 10:12AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames flips the puck into the offensive zone past Jeff Tambellini #15 of the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)


With the recent news that Daymond Langkow is nearing 100% and is probable to play a majority of the season (if not all 82 games), the chances that Mikael Backlund is inevtiably bound for Abbotsford are good. This will no doubt cause some consternation in a portion of the Flames fanbase. Perhaps not without reason.

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September 6 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
September 05 2010 11:31PM



The round-up is back for another week, and there will only be one more edition before training camp begins, thank Jeebus. I'm as tired of writing about off-season stuff as you are of reading about it, I'm certain, so let's get through this time around and move on, shall we? In this installment, various Flames return to the ice, the interminable Kovy nonsense ends with a few new rules in its wake, and next year's escrow number is mooted.


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Masterful Inaction

Robert Cleave
September 03 2010 10:24AM


I'm not exactly Mr. Merry Sunshine when it comes to Darryl Sutter's performance as GM since the Phaneuf trade, but he got one matter so absolutely correct it seems only fair to examine it. In the run-up to free agency, Sutter noted that a team could find 10 goal scorers for 600K in August, which was a comment on Eric Nystrom's status. Nystrom signed for a bit more than that in Minnesota, of course, securing a 1.4M x 3 year deal from Chuck Fletcher on the very first day of the free agent period. That's more than Curtis Glencross or David Moss, and although Moss has his detractors, he's played decently against middling comp the last few years. Nystrom has never played anything but the stiffs, and has never accomplished anything of note along the way. I though it was a bad deal from the get-go.

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Those $%#@&# bloggers: what to do?

Robin Brownlee
September 02 2010 01:37PM

Hockey blogs and hockey bloggers aren't going anywhere. That's a reality the Edmonton Oilers and other NHL teams have to accept and come to grips with, and the sooner the better.

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Luongo Contract to Be Voided (Maybe...)

Kent Wilson
September 01 2010 11:29PM

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo lays on the ice after hitting the back of his head on the goal post during Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference semi-final hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, British Columbia May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


According to a bombshell of a report by Larry Brooks, Roberto Luongo's contract may be one the NHL is taking aim at in the wake of the ongoing Ilya Kovalchuk fiasco. Brooks claims the league has offered the players union an ultimatum, consisting of two choices:

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