February 15 2012 05:22PM
Although the Flames have a lot of needs at the moment, they also don't have a lot of assets with which to barter heading into the deadline. Forget the buyers versus sellers debate for now, because Calgary doesn't fit neatly into either category - the truth is it's difficult for the team to do either given their position in the standings and bevy of injuries.
February 15 2012 10:58AM
1. Injuries are bad
It's getting to the point where it might be easier to name Flames who aren't injured. Mikael Backlund, Blair Jones, Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross, David Moss, Derek Smith. I feel like I must be missing a few guys who, like, died or something too.
February 14 2012 10:21PM
The Calgary Flames have scored 14 goals on Valentine's Day over the last two seasons, including five in a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. On top of their success on Cupid's day, Calgary is also 6-0-2 since the calendar turned to the second month, moving them just a point back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are catching some bounces, riding a red hot goaltender, and most importantly, getting points.
February 14 2012 09:47PM
Final Score: 5-1 W
February 14 2012 06:30PM
The center of the universe shifts the gravity of it's focus to Calgary tonight. The Flames will hobble to the battlements and try valiantly to fend off the advances of an enemy that is at least as equally as desperate for a playoff birth, but not nearly as undermined by injury.
Under Burke, the Leafs have taken that first, big step out of the league's basement to join the rest of the madding crowd in the squishy center. They have some nice pieces going forward and are probably one or two guys away from making some real noise in the east.
"Just a guy or two" has been the Flames eternal lament since their unlikely finals appearance back in '04, however - moving from terrible to decent is one thing, but joining the league's aristocracy is something else altogether. It will be interesting to see if Toronto can finally shed the last decade of earnest mediocirty and ineptitude and finally justify the unwavering support of their vast, ardent fanbase.
Time will tell.