January 04 2013 02:40PM
Time: 8:00pm MST
Location: Abbotsford entertainment and Sports Center
An ugly December is finally behind the Heat. After tearing through the league and piling up victories in October and November, Abbotsford hit a somewhat predictable speed bump in the third month. A dry spell killed their offense, the goalies were slightly more human, so the easy winning stopped.
The Heat certainly aren't as good as they appeared initially, but they probably aren't as bad as they have seemed the last few weeks either. They get a chance to leave December's doldrums behind the tonight against the Rochester Americans (Buffalo's AHL affiliate), perhaps bolstered by the return of Sven Baertschi who was injured for entirety of the month long cold snap.
January 04 2013 10:43AM
Because I do this for a living and have a heavy dose of self-interest riding on the outcome, I've no doubt been more invested in the CBA negotiations than your average fan. On a broad, macro level divorced from sentiment, it's been interesting to observe the parry and thrust of each side in this labor dispute, to impute the honesty and motives of those involved, to deduce each party's competing incentives and strategies.
January 03 2013 11:24PM
The KHL played its first hockey games of 2013 with a light, 3-game schedule. The playoff race is heating up big time.
January 03 2013 02:29PM
As CBA negotiations continue, word came down today that the NHL has agreed to two amnesty buy-outs (that is, two buy-outs without cap implications) per team in the summer of 2013 to help clubs get under the new cap.
January 03 2013 11:51AM
1. Another good draft
While you and I may sit here and disagree with the selection of Mark Jankowski all day and night, the fact remains that the Flames have been able to put together goodish drafts under Jay Feaster, at least in terms of early returns.