September 04 2012 09:20AM
Oh, hey guys, it's me, The Book of Loob. BoL. Loober.
Nancy. If you're at all familiar with my work, you know that when it comes to things like Corsi, PDO, Zone starts, QualComp and the like, I've almost learned what some of them are. So while the Kents and the Azevedos of the world will give you fancy numbers as to why Anton Babchuk is not a very good player, I'm just going to say he is just the absolute worst and it's probably because his mother didn't love him enough. Or because he has a debilitating addiction to Beanie Babies that garners all his attention away from learning how to position himself in his own end.
(I have no proof of either of those claims, but I'm still saying they're true, and you can take that to the bank)
These 100% verifiable facts and more are the next level fluff I bring to the table here at The Nation, and is the basis for what we'll be talking about here today. So gather round, children, and let your ol' Gampy tell you a tale! This potboiler is called "Your Calgary Flames And The Quest To Remember". It's a giddy romp featuring a beskated pack of scamps, intrepid young men (er...young?) who toil day and night, I guess, atop a frozen surface when their corporate overlords deem it to be acceptable through the terms laid out by a needlessly complicated Collective Bargaining Agreement. Armed with nothing but hockey sticks, pucks, pads, helmets, skates, shin pads, a mile of tape, agents, and millions of dollars, the Flames set out to remember their identity, the id of their hockey team, or, failing that, forge a shiny new one.
It will be riveting.
September 03 2012 09:30AM
When Gil Stein ended his tenure as the NHL’s last President, the owners hired Gary Bettman as the league’s first Commissioner. His mandate included four major tasks: sell the game in the U.S., complete the league’s plans with expansion, modernize the views of the owners and, most importantly, end labour unrest.
On December 18th, 2010, Donald Fehr was voted in as the executive director of the NHLPA by a consensus of the entire membership. Within the description of his new position, Fehr vowed to focus on the “collective bargaining agreement, revenue sharing and the economics of the game”.
Great, two representative leaders on both sides of the coin with common ground in a major league issue that had been in a tailspin for almost the last twenty years. The NHL was bound to be set on the right track finally, right?
September 02 2012 09:38AM
Allan, in front, does the show while Kent Wilson (note the glorious mustache) and henchmen watch
It's the labour day long weekend! While most everyone was out enjoying the long weekend, drinking a beer or watching the kids run around for the last, few, short hours before school starts again, Allan Mitchell was hunched over a desk, calling people enjoying the break, and demanding they talk to him about hockey. A surprisingly large group of helpful experts not only answered the phone but also answered his questions - and here we are.
This is Nation Radio.
September 01 2012 10:22AM
Im sharing the Three Flames Fans video for a couple reasons: firstly, because it's well done, so deserves to be shared. Secondly, because I've talked to the man behind TFF, Jared Keeso, and he's interested in potentially partnering up with FlamesNation for similar project down the road. How does htat sound folks?
August 31 2012 12:07PM
As the summer has gone along, I've spent some time fiddling with the Flames roster. While the weird mishmash in the top-9 makes for nearly endless combinations, the one constant in almost all of my iterations is: there's no place for Matt Stajan.