August 30 2012 11:46AM
With the possibility of Sven Baertschi spending a season in the AHL in lieu of a locked-out NHL season, there's been lots of questions popping up about his pro eligibility and the possibility of his entry level contract (ELC) "sliding" (meaning, the team doesn't burn the first year of his 3 year contract if he plays in the minors). Both seem to be relatively simple questions, but the truth is only one of them is easily answered.
August 29 2012 11:33AM
As the collective bargaining agreement talks between the players and owners finally begin to heat up, potential outcomes and consequences for the Calgary Flames as a result of a new deal and/or lock-out are starting to take shape. If the season is delayed or erased entirely, there could be interesting repurcussions at either end of the roster. In addition, the team may face some difficult decisions in the wake of a new, lower salary cap.
August 29 2012 07:02AM
1. Please tell me this actually happened
Apparently, and this comes directly from Facebook via a newspaper and columnist you've never heard of in your life, but a Winnipeg Jets fan ran into Cory Sarich over the summer and asked him when he would request a trade back to his native province. Unfortunately, Sarich seems not to have responded, "Right away!" and ripped off his shirt revealing a Winnipeg Jets logo tattooed onto his chest.
August 28 2012 01:18PM
While NHL fans do a slow burn and the league's player prepare for a season that may never come, the owners and Bettman appear to be enjoying another season of good times on Boardwalk, Park Place and Pennsylvania avenues. Allan Mitchell tackles the issues with some heavy hitters.
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August 28 2012 10:09AM
Despite missing the playoffs in each of the prior two seasons, last year began with a glimmer of hope for Flames fans - the club went on to be one of the hottest teams in the league in the wake of Darryl Sutter's ouster in 2011-12. So although new GM Jay Feaster only made a few nominal changes to the line-up in the summer of 2012, the feeling was the organization would bloom now that it wasn't operating under the dour cloud of Sutter's baleful glare.
Unfortunately, the second half run in 2012 was mostly a mirage. The Flames were (and remain) a fundamentally flawed club who are good enough to compete for a playoff spot, but several steps behind the true contenders in the league. The current construction of the team also makes a real step forward in the near future unlikely; in fact, with an aging core and lackluster collection of players in or near their prime, the Flames will probably continue to trend downwards.