April 11 2009 12:37PM
With the acknowledgment that, yes, there was no fourth line tonight due to a myriad of problems, this was still an atrocious performance.
April 10 2009 06:02PM
Round 1 of The Battle of Alberta doubleheader goes tonight in what was originally going to be an absolute blowout final two games between the Oil and the Flames. That was before GDB No. 1, when hope ran high. Fast forward to GDB 81 and this game suddenly means less than a game of chess between Paris and Nicky Hilton. It will also be just as futile and pathetic.
April 09 2009 06:35PM
TSN is reporting that the Flames have extended pending UFA David Moss for 3 years at 1.3M/year. That's a healthy raise over the $575k he's making this year, but it's still a decent number for a guy of Moss' quality.
David Moss was a decent depth player last season, but he took a step forward into a different stratosphere this year. His 20 goals and 38 points don't tell the whole story. Moss and Curtis Glencross have formed a deadly duo that have frequently out-played other 3rd liners this year: both guys are in the top 10 in the NHL in terms corsi/60 according to behindthenet. Moss' +23 rating is sandwiched between Pavel Datsyuk (+23.4) and Marrian Hossa (+22.3) to give you an idea of the kind of company he's keeping by this metric.
April 09 2009 10:17AM
- Tom Benjamin and I look at the Flames cap troubles during the stretch drive. While the sudden injuries to Regehr, Sarich, Aucoin, Roy etc are certainly tough to put on Sutter, the fact that the Flames have been battling the cap ceiling all year - an issue that was exacerbated by the Jokinen trade - is all Sutter's doing. While playing a man down for the last week or so may or may not have significant ramifications on the Flames season, Sutter should be embarrassed by this issue either way.
April 09 2009 08:49AM
Most of us probably remember the final few years of Ed Belfour, an incredibly good goaltender with a long career whose final two seasons were bad enough to force him to move to Leksands to play goal.