Random Thoughts: Backlund's Ascension

Kent Wilson
February 03 2014 07:10AM


- pic via halifaxdrunk


With five goals and eight points in his last four games, Mikael Backlund has finally arrived as a player of note in the minds of the general Calgary fanship.

His offensive outburst couldn't have come at a better time for the organization: had Backlund continue to struggle to put up points, I have no doubt Calgary would have looked into moving him, either at the deadline or in the off-season. A dry spell could still happen, of course, which would leave the possibility of a trade open, but putting together a seemingly dominant stretch like this one will at least give the decision makers pause. 

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Post-Game: That's Five

Ryan Pike
February 01 2014 11:48PM

(photo courtesy Mashable.com)

It was Western Night at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. It was celebrated with a cowboy hat giveaway and Paul Brandt.

Oh, and a home win. (Yes, another one.)

After being not that good at all at home, the Calgary Flames won their fifth straight game (and fifth at home) over the visiting Minnesota Wild in overtime by a 4-3 score. It was, in many ways, an old fashioned Wild West shootout.

And rather randomly, Kris Russell was a late scratch in favour of Chris Breen due to an upper-body issue.

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FGD: Just Out For A Rip

Christian Roatis
February 01 2014 03:24PM

                                                                       pic via: Beacon News

Coming into tonight's slate of games, the Alberta teams are riding a combined seven game win streak. Let that sink in for a bit.

Once it has sunk in, you may continue with this Flames Game Day post.

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Poirier vs. Culkin: A Brief Review

Ryan Pike
February 01 2014 09:36AM

Last night provided a rare opportunity to see two recent Calgary Flames draft picks in their natural element - the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Thankfully, our buds at Sportsnet televised a contest between the Gatineau Olympiques and the Drummondville Voltigeurs, so I was able to get a rare chance to check out 2013 first round pick Emile Poirier of Gatineau and 2012 fifth round pick Ryan Culkin of Drummondville. (Well, I saw them both during pre-season, but this is them in their current level of play against guys their own age.)

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Health Makes All The Difference In Potential Cammalleri Deal

Steve Macfarlane
January 31 2014 10:41AM

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Sitting Michael Cammalleri out of Thursday night’s contest against the San Jose Sharks is an easy decision to defend.

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