Jason Gregor
August 16 2011 10:04PM

Yesterday we saw the distinct difference between sports and real life. It was a good day for hockey, but it was also an awful one.

Let's start with the good: The Hockey News picked the Oilers to finish last in the Western Conference.

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Not a Lot of Change

Pat Steinberg
August 16 2011 05:25PM

When looking at the Calgary Flames roster as it appears right now, you'll notice one thing that isn't the most common in today's NHL: a group of forwards that is virtually unchanged from the year prior.  There will be slight changes from the coming training camp as opposed to one year ago, as Daymond Langkow will be present and Ales Kotalik will not.  For the most part, however, it's the same group, something that has it's pros and cons.  The Flames are leaning far heavier to the former as opposed to the latter.

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When a horrible contract is not that horrible

Cam Charron
August 16 2011 03:13PM




There may not be a player in hockey whose positive on-ice performance is painted in such a negative due to his contract than Scott Gomez. Gomez is going to be 32 in December and makes a staggeringly Sather-esque $7.4M a season to be a serviceable two-way forward for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored just seven goals with 38 points this past season and was a minus-15. Yikes.

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SWOT-ing the Flames: Sloppy Seconds See Supporters Suffering

Kent Wilson
August 16 2011 09:43AM



(We finish the FN contributor search with Marty Clarke's novel of a post.)

By: Marty Clarke**

So, what the hell am I talking about with my combination antagonistic and Dr. Seuss-ian headline? Well, many of you in your work, sports team, or academic pursuits have either consciously or subconsciously done a SWOT analysis which simply means assessing the Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of your company or team at a point-in-time so you can assess them and then plan to move forward to (hopefully) be more successful. In my view, the Flames are better off in some ways than many Calgarians believes but perhaps worse off in other areas. So let's have a gander at the Flames as of August 15, 2011, shall we? I will keep this concise by focussing on the top 2 items in each category while trying to use the English language with some creativity and perhaps humor.

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In Defense of Jay Bouwmeester

Kent Wilson
August 15 2011 12:36PM



(Freelance writer and Dobber baseball fantasy analyst Mike Schmidt enters the FN contributor fray with a quantitaive defense of the JayBo)

By: Mike Schmidt**

The final game of the 2010-11 season ended the same way for the Calgary Flames as it did on 29 other occasions during the year – a loss in which defenseman Jay Bouwmeester failed to register a point.

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