Around the league - Oct 22 2009

Jason Gregor
October 22 2009 08:29AM

This past week Nick Lidstrom became only the 8th defenseman to register 1,000 points. The 53rd pick in the 1989 draft is quietly putting himself in the conversation of greatest defenseman ever.

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Is it 2 much 2 ask?

Jean Lefebvre
October 21 2009 05:24PM

The number-retirement discussion is nothing new at the Saddledome.

Just as a for-instance, there was much ado in September about the fate of Flames sweater No. 14 when the guy who vacated the garment a decade ago briefly came back to try it on for size.

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Looking at the Flames and Blocked Shots

Kent Wilson
October 19 2009 07:10PM

Some pundits in town are pointing to the Flames increased blocked shots numbers as an example of the team's changing commitment to defense under new Skipper Brent Sutter. That's something I've been looking at for more than a year since Keenan explicitly stated that the team made an effort to get out of the way of most shots on net in order to give Kipper a clear view (rather than risk a bad deflection). Given the team's high goals against average and Kiprusoff's ever shrinking save percentage, that struck me as dubious strategy at best.

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Flames have a bone to pick

Jean Lefebvre
October 17 2009 12:12PM

Just a few random notes on the Calgary hockey club in the midst of the most drawn-out homestand (five games in 21 days?) in franchise history.

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GDFD No. 8: Poor Canucks

Ryan Lambert
October 16 2009 03:42PM

Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s eight game of the season on Oct. 16, 2009.

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