Brian Burke: Let's Make a Deal!

January 19 2014 10:56AM

*The above photo is Brian Burke at the draft with Chris Pronger, a defenseman Burke believed in strongly enough to trade up in the draft order to acquire...hint hint

Amongst NHL media and fans there is the general belief that Brian Burke is one of the best GMs in the league when it comes to trades, specifically that he is better capable of stealing quality talent out of an organization than many or most of his peers.

Being the iconoclastic contrarian that I am, I decided I’d take a look into this to determine whether this was indeed true, and if so to what extent and based on what factors. I also wanted to look further into Burke's history as a GM and determine where he ranks amongst his peers in the league.

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Post-Game: The Rumble At Rogers (Arena)

Ryan Pike
January 18 2014 11:43PM

Sometimes a game is just a game. Sometimes it's just three periods of guys fighting over two points in the standings. When one of the teams is as deep down in the standings as the Calgary Flames are, those games sometimes become routine for all involved.

And sometimes, a game kicks off with a freakin' line brawl with five sets of fights on the ice, resulting in eight players getting ejected and all of a sudden, things get pretty damn interesting.

The Flames lost 3-2 in a shootout tonight, in a shockingly competitive game against a team 19 points ahead of them in the standings, the Vancouver Canucks.

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FGD: Hockey Day in Canada

Christian Roatis
January 18 2014 02:34PM

                                                      via: CBC

Happy Hockey Day in Canada! Although it may not be so happy at around 8:30 MST when the Flames will have already started playing the Vancouver Canucks, but for now, the mood is jolly and hockey-ey.

The Canucks are reeling, having lost three in a row including a shattering at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks, 9 to 1. Vancouver, however, have been strong at Rogers Arena this year and will also receive a jolt in the lineup tonight with the return of Alex Burrows from a broken jaw. It's really no matter for the Flames though, who are just thankful to be out of the Scotiabank Sattledome, where they've been setting all sorts of records you don't want to set. We'll find out soon enough just how much of a difference being on the road makes for this weary group.

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A Knight In Padded Armour - A Look At Abbotsford's Corban Knight

Ryan Pike
January 17 2014 10:04AM

courtesy stat19

Folks, please provide a warm welcome to guest contributor Annie Erling Gofus (@AnnieErGo), with this profile on former UND forward and current Calgary Flames prospect Corban Knight.


If one were to ask the average American grandmother to describe a hockey player she might say, “big, bruised and mean.” While big and bruised might be accurate, Abbotsford Heat centre and Flames prospect Corban Knight takes the thuggish stereotype and turns it on its head. With a strong connection to family, deep roots in Canada and a pure-and-simple love for the game, it’s tough to find a more passionate player and sincerely nice athlete than Knight.

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Post-Game: Vapour Trail

Taylor McKee
January 16 2014 09:39PM

pic via Roncesvalles_MP

Well folks, here it is. The worst stretch of home losses in club history, seven in a row in regulation. During that stretch, the Flames have been out-scored 22-4 and been shut out four times. Yikes. 

You'll be able to tell your kids about this bunch of games, presumably cautioning them to not take all of the Flames' recent consecutive Cup wins, and their stars like Connor McDavid, Sean Day, and Connor McDavid Jr. for granted ;)

The Flames lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets tonight and basically looked ambivalent towards the game of hockey in general. They failed to generate scoring chances, convert on power plays, take advantage of shaky goaltending from Pavelec, get big (or even moderately big) saves from their goalie, and most pointedly, score when it mattered. Well, at least they weren't shut out.

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