October 02 2010 09:34AM
(In this final part of the series, Robert Vollman takes a look at the Flames offensive defensemen)
Jay Bouwmeester, 27
When Calgary made a 25-year-old Bouwmeester one of the highest paid defensemen in the league last year, the Flames were hoping for a potential Norris contender, while Bouwmeester was hoping to see the first post-season action of his career. They were both sorely disappointed. After 167 points over 4 full post-lockout seasons in Florida, Bouwmeester managed just 29 points – will he bounce back this year, or did the Flames accidentally find their own Wade Redden?
October 01 2010 11:13PM
Normally, I take considerable satisfaction in a Flame victory over the Grease, even in pre-season. I won't throw the win tonight back or anything, but the quality of the opposition tonight was poor enough that the injuries Calgary suffered are much more noteworthy.
October 01 2010 06:21PM
This is the closest thing to an NHL roster Calgary will ice this preseason, so why not enjoy it?
October 01 2010 01:52PM
For the first time this preseason, the Calgary Flames take on the Edmonton Oilers with both teams still unbeaten in exhibition action (7 pm, Rogers Sportsnet Flames and The FAN 960). It's a game that could be looked at as a dress rehearsal for both teams, with close-to opening day rosters being iced on both sides.
October 01 2010 11:34AM
October. It's the time of year when the evenings finally cool, the leaves turn and fall, and we can finally focus on real hockey. Or, if you live where I do, it's the first time in several months where it isn't going to rain every second damned day and I can sneak a few last rounds on the golf course before the Manitoba winter takes hold.
Ah, but that's not important now, and there is plenty to discuss in this week's round-up. The Flames finally shed a few bodies, the neighbours have one that they'd really like to have disappear, and injuries are not just an issue in Cowtown.