January 11 2013 11:43AM
If you click around the sports books you'll find the Flames aren't being favored by the odds makers to win anything this year. The only team in the West consistently given worse odds to win the Stanley Cup is the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So the people who make money off this stuff are giving Calgary a big, wet raspberry. That's what three consecutive years outside of the playoffs and a doddering, expensive core will do I suppose.
January 11 2013 08:46AM
Sven Baertschi was having the kind of first pro season that any team's fans can get excited about. Picking up 17 points in 19 games was a very solid debut to the season; then he went flying into the boards.
Baertschi sat out the entire month of December recovering. He finally returned last weekend for the two-game set against the Rochester Americans. He picked up an assist and two shots on Friday night, as the Heat went down 5-2 despite firing 50 shots at the Americans' net. Saturday night he looked back to his old self, using his speed to challenge the Amerks' defencemen. He didn't pick up any points but he took four shots.
Late in the third, Sven pulled away from the Rocherster defence only to be hauled down. He didn't score on the subsequent penalty shot, but he showed confidence. Despite being just 20 years old and 20 games into his pro career, Baertschi looks ready to make the parent club.
After Saturday's game we caught up with Sven and talked about his comeback from injury, World Juniors, Swiss hockey and his hockey memories.
January 10 2013 10:59AM
Good day to you, Nation. Welcome to what is now both 2013 and a post lockout utopian dream. Surely with all the news of ratified CBAs, schedule planning, game matchups, shortened training camps, and what is surely to be an exciting blend of rusty hockey players blowing three goal leads and highlight reel dangles, you can expect FlamesNation to lend it's unique stance and unparalleled voice of the Community of The Flaming C throughout all their trials and tribulations this upcoming campaign.
Today though, we pan an ex-Calgary Flame who played a total of 59 games with the team more than 20 years ago and is, at best, entirely forgettable, because, well mostly because it was ahead in the queue and we don't play games with the queue. So with that in mind, Gary Leeman, this is your Two Minutes Hate.
January 10 2013 07:51AM
1. It's starting
I swear to you that I wanted to enter this season with some amount of positivity until I got a list of inquiries from Kent on Monday night. That FlamesNation roundtable, which was published yesterday morning, asked a lot of tough question to which I found myself more than aggrieved by most of the answers.
January 09 2013 03:48PM
Welly. Welly. Welly. If our old friends at Bodog didn't release the odds of winning the Stanley Cup now that the lockout has ended - a mere 145 months after it began. Good news in these parts up here in Edmonton, because it confirms something we already knew - The Oilers are awesome.