March 19 2010 02:35PM
The Calgary Flames get set for the San Jose Sharks tonight in another crucial game in their bid to remain in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Now, with 12 games remaining this season, the injuries start to pile up a little more than perhaps the Flames and their fans would like.
March 19 2010 10:50AM
...Or "how I continue to worry and have yet to learn to love Steve Staios"
It's no secret that I was an outspoken critic of the Staios acquisition. I felt it was the needless addition of a bad contract to a team already low on cap flexibility going into next year. In addition, the theorized short-term benefits of adding Staios seemed paltry, especially in light of his age, declining abilities and the fact he boasts some of the worst results amongst all NHL defensemen this season.
March 18 2010 02:51PM
The players aren’t listening to all the talk about head shots. James Wisniewski proved that last night with his hit on Brent Seabrook, and became another in a long list of players who aren’t paying attention.
March 18 2010 01:43PM
Stepping away from political debate, it's been revealed today that Curtis Glencross is out with a knee injury for the forseeable future. According to John Down of Inside the Flames, Glencross was seen on crutches this morning and won't be playing against San Jose this Friday.
March 18 2010 10:45AM
Outside of trades for doddering Oiler defensemen and fourth round draft picks, it seems the Flames orginzation is annoying people outside the realm of hockey decisions as well.
In this Province article, Kent Spence relates a cozy little deal the Heat have with the city of Abbotsford, as well as the local residents resistance to the arrangement:
Council approved a deal with the Heat on Monday that will guarantee the team its $5.7-million annual expenses, regardless of fan support, which is 34-per-cent below expectations.
The subsidies absolve the team from paying its $200,000 annual rent at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre unless a profit is made.
Vince Dimanno, president of the Abbotsford Ratepayers Association, said the subsidy amounts to a $57-million "liability" over the 10-year length of the deal.
"It's debt. Abbotsford has assumed all the risks. The owners risk nothing. There is no business plan to turn this money-loser around," he said.