October 18 2012 01:58PM
The year is 2012. The month is...let's say NOVEMBER 2ND. The NHL lockout is now over and behind us and we never have to think about it again for another seven years. We all survived that Bristol Palin poker celebrity cruise show that aired on Sportsnet every night in place of NHL broadcasts. The locusts, in the end, were merciful invaders and moved onto greener pastures, leaving us with mere crumbs, which we devoured gratefully and without shame. But at least the Mayans were wrong, so high five on that.
Your Calgary Flames return to the Saddledome, refreshed and relaxed after an extended break away from the rink. With FlamesNation having a tremendous, some would say inappropriate amount of access to the team, coupled with the bluster to do what we want that only comes from knowing there's no one out there who can stand in our way, we approached the Flames to provide us with short essays documenting how they spent their lockout vacation. Which is what we're calling it now. Again, because we can.
Flames Nation is pleased to offer you another installment of The Flames Lockout Vacations. This week, Tim Jackman, and certainly not The Book Of Loob, recounts how he spent his time off.
October 18 2012 12:08PM
Every year we project how many points each of the players will score using a couple of different statistical methods, and why should a potential lockout season be any different?
If you're just tuning in, we explained our methodology in more detail in our first piece, which covered the top-six forwards. Last time we covered the defensemen and here in our third and final piece we'll look at the remaining, secondary forwards.
October 18 2012 09:34AM
1. So now the NHL is willing to play ball
Forgive the mixed sports metaphors, but y'know, finally.
I don't remember exactly how long we went between the league's last offer and Tuesday's, but it was clear the NHLPA wasn't going to sit there and try to negotiate off a proposal that was as ludicrous as the one the league was putting out there. Not that I don't think the decision to create the appearance of greater flexibility was influenced by Deadspin leaking that focus group garbage the league was pushing, because that's all the offer was a response to, but at least we're now moving in the right direction.
October 17 2012 06:18PM
Hey look! Actual hockey!
Here's today's KHL highlights, featuring Mikail Grabovski, Evgeni Malkin, Zdeno Chara, and more.
October 17 2012 01:48PM
There's a whole lotta hockey going on this weekend at various levels of play, and a great deal of it has relevance for Calgary Flames fans. For the benefit of those who would like to watch, listen or otherwise follow these games, here's a quick glimpse at what's on tap this weekend.