Long shots, no shots and the in-betweens

September 21 2009 11:58AM


From all accounts that was a bit of a snoozer last night in the wonderful City of Saskatoon. As much as one can’t really find too much fault with the Oilers gassing a preseason tilt, the level of intensity required to win the game certainly wasn’t on display for all the wonderful Saskatoononianites to see. And that certainly sets the effort bar rather low, wouldn’t you say?

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PFD No. Not-4: More hockey already?

Ryan Lambert
September 20 2009 02:46PM


Welcome to the Preseason Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s fourth warmup-season game on September 20, 2009.

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Enough of Phaneuf ... after this

Jean Lefebvre
September 20 2009 09:31AM


One supposes that the Dion Phaneuf obliteration of Kyle Okposo and its fallout would be a good topic for this space but a mere half-week after the mayhem, the topic seems so tiresome. Besides, much has already been written about the affair, like here, and here and — yep, here too.

But having said that enough has said about said subject, there are a couple of things still worth saying:

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PFD No. Not-3: No storylines for me, thanks

Ryan Lambert
September 19 2009 02:19PM


Welcome to the Preseason Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s third warmup-season game on September 19, 2009.

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Howe about that Fleury?

Jean Lefebvre
September 18 2009 09:17AM


Even if Theoren Fleury’s comeback bid winds up going nowhere, the little runt has managed to write himself a neat little bonus chapter if his conveniently soon-to-be released autobiography has a second printing. If nothing else, Fleury coaxed a few more of the undecideds into his corner on Thursday night by dramatically scoring the shootout winner in a pre-season tilt with the New York Islanders.

What Fleury is attempting to do isn’t unprecedented but it’s important to note that most of the great sports comebacks were accomplished by athletes much younger than the 41-year-old winger.

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