January 21 2013 09:13AM
The outcome yesterday may have been disappointing but we here at FN are nevertheless happy and thankful for NHL hockey to be back on. We'd also like to take this time to thank those of you who stuck around through the dark lock-out months when we were talking about prospects and lawyers every other day. To those readers returning after the long wait, welcome back! We're glad you weren't too jaded by the work stoppage.
And finally to any new readers we've gathered, well..I hope you're prepared to argue your viewpoint in the comments for days on end. The traffic and chatter has been excellent since the lawyers and union heads decided to get out of the way, so once again thanks to all of you.
Anyways, with the Flames back at it tonight, there's a few sites notes I want to share before we get back to the action.
January 20 2013 11:05PM
The stage was set. The Dome was packed and as the season opening video hit the jumbotron, it was enough to rile fans into a steady buzz. Armed with as many light-sticks as you could hold, when the music hit, the frenzy was too much to contain, and the fans were alive, and it felt like home again.
Needless to say, the events of the last four months were long forgotten, and all was forgiven.
As I sat in my seat, the fans all around were already beginning the season's first pool. Who would score the Calgary's first goal of the season? With names flying around, one fan made mention that Glencross was the odds on favorite since he had done it twice before andnow he was playing with Iggy and Tanguay. That seemed enough to convice the undecided in the area.
With a grin on my face, I turned to the gentleman and said, "My money's on Backlund this year."
January 20 2013 12:29PM
Well it's finally here. The season opener.
After about 10 months of waiting, debating, fighting, hoping, wailing, wishing, gnashing teeth and rending garments, we finally get to see the latest iteration of the Calgary Flames take to the ice.
Their opponent this afternoon is the San Jose Sharks, a club some pundits claim is on the inevitable downswing; a former power watching the window of opportunity creaking shut. Personally, I think the rumors of the Sharks death are greatly exaggerated.
January 20 2013 09:36AM
It’s been a crazy week here at the Nations. With the end to the lockout, every team around the league scrambled to get their clubs ready to go in just a week; we saw some trades, some buyouts and a whole mess of low-end free agent signings. Today, we recap the week that was.
January 19 2013 12:12PM
Calgary released their official starting line-up for 2013 yesterday. So now, after almost 10 momnths of wondering, waiting, debating and arguing, we can finally start discussing actual line combinations and match-ups for this iteration of the team.
For those who missed it, here's the list.
Bob Hartley has been running with particular duos during training camp and there's a better than even chance many of them will stick when things starts for real tomorrow evening. The most enduring pairs seemed to be Tanguay-Iginla, Backlund-Baertschi for the forwards, while the defense seemed to settle out at Giordano-Bouwmeester and Butler-Wideman.
Feel free to keep that in mind when constructing your line-up. Or not. For this exercise, you can go with what you think is most likely or what is most ideal. Or some combination therein.
My line-up looks like this...