Player types: The defensive liability

Cam Charron
September 25 2011 10:56AM



Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

(Previous: The two-way forward, the defensive forward, the offensive liability and the no-way forward)

We move today into the higher event category for players. Remember, high-event players are the ones who drive and allow a lot of shots at both ends when they're on the ice. In short, some of the most exciting players in hockey fit into these next two categories. The first we'll deal with is the Defensive Liability.

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September 25 2011 12:08AM


This week you can tell that The Nation Network really is starting to grow. Columnists from The Winnipeg Sun, Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun all weigh in during this week's episode and there is even time to laugh - er take a look at - the Calgary Flames roster in this here 2011-12 preseason.

This is NationRadio.

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FGD: Pre Battle

Pat Steinberg
September 24 2011 01:09PM

The Calgary Flames continue their preseason tonight as they open up a home and home set with the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place (6 pm, Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 and  Calgary opened their preseason with a win and a loss on Tuesday, taking a 5-1 split squad win at home over Vancouver before falling to the Canucks 4-3 at Rogers Arena.  Tonight opens up a stretch of four games in six nights for Calgary.

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VOICE OF THE NATION - The Lonely Road of Faith

Vintage Flame
September 23 2011 10:18PM

As training camp and the pre-season gets underway,it seems like the Flames are working hard to prove that the promises they made in the off-season were more than the usual smoke and mirrors the fans had become accustomed to hearing under the previous regime. Actually showcasing the talent in the rookie camp with media coverage, rather than a meager half-assed acknowledgement at its beginning, was a good segue from the 'talk-the-talk' to the 'walk-the-walk'.

The Flames feel they have improved this team, even though it doesn't look all that different from the team of last year. They are better fiscally managed; they are younger, faster and more mobile. That's what they said they were going to do. Tweak this team without blowing it up and avoid the dreaded 'R'-word that Edmonton uses like a sacred oath. It seems like the team and players are all on the same page... But what about the FANS?

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What They’re Saying About The Calgary Flames

Jonathan Willis
September 23 2011 04:53PM



Earlier this week, we looked at what some of the major off-season publications had to say about the Maple Leafs and the Canucks; now it’s time to do the same with the Calgary Flames.

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