December 11 2012 10:44AM
The CBA talks will resume this Wednesday with indication of when or if the new agreement will be signed. That means there's a lot that can change between now and whenever hockey returns, but what seems to be coming into clearer focus at this point is the money part. The players have pretty much capitulated when it comes to dollars, with the HRR split likely to settle in at 50-50 ("make whole" provisions notwithstanding).
That means the next salary cap will be around $60M, or more than $7M less than the Flames already have committed to payroll currently. That would be a challenging enough obstacle even with some sort of one-time amnesty buy-out compliance program, but word is the NHL isn't interested in doing that this time around.
December 10 2012 02:27PM
As you probably know by now I am acutely familiar with the work of Calgary's two prospects on the Boston College Eagles, Johnny Gaudreau and Billy Arnold. Both are very good college hockey forwards on the best team in the country, which just happens to be the best program of the last decade, and is run by the greatest coach in college hockey history, Jerry York.
Last Friday, I ventured down to Providence College, home to another pair of Calgary's NCAA-based recruits, (forward Mark Jankowski and goaltender Jon Gillies) in hopes of seeing what I thought was going to be an historic event.
December 10 2012 10:44AM
With talks melting down last week and the league cancelling games through to December 30th today, it's hard to be up-beat or optimistic about NHL hockey at the moment. Like a lot of folks out there, the fanatic spirit in me that lives for the big saves, heavy hits and dirty dangles is slowly drowning beneath wave after wave of fuzzy CBA talk updates and cynical analyses of theatrical press conferences.
To remind myself of the good times and not sink into apathy completely, I recently took a tour around youtube for classic Flames highlights. I share them with you now.
December 09 2012 09:05PM
Two KHL games for you today. First we have the Czech team Lev facing their Slovakian rivals Slovan, and then Latvian Dinamo Riga playing their Belarusian rivals Dinamo Minsk. Two great games, and absolutely rabid fans. Great seeing packed barns for a hockey game. I almost forgot what it looked like.
December 09 2012 01:06PM
Time: 1:00om MST
Location: Ricoh Coliseum Toronto
The last time these two teams met, the Marlies handed the Heat their worst defeat of the season so far (5-0). After a so-so start, Toronto has been climbing up the standings and currently sit tied for 3rd in Western Conference with 27 points, just four back of Abbotsford.