October 03 2012 08:15AM
The NHL is still on lockout, but our lives aren't quite as empty as they could be. No, friends, because there are still Flames-related items to discuss. So, in-between sobbing openly about cancelled games and catching up on Breaking Bad or the Wire, check out this quick rundown of how players are doing.
October 02 2012 11:40AM
Pat Sieloff was selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 NHL Draft, No. 42 overall, by the Calgary Flames. Over the summer, he shrugged off a commitment from the University of Miami at Ohio to join the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. I caught up with him before his team loaded the bus shipping out of Mississauga on Friday night after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Steelheads...
Cam Charron: There's been a lot of talk over the summer of player's moving from the NCAA to play in the CHL. What was the main thing that spurred your decision to move to the OHL?
Pat Sieloff: I think they play more of an NHL-type game, and the schedule looks more like an NHL schedule. You're not, it's not like a 40-game season instead of a 68-game season or 70-game season, you know, that's one thing that triggered it. Also, my offensive game isn't the best, so I kind of wanted to get better here since it's a pretty good offensive league.
Were the Flames in any way responsible for the move at all, or did they talk to you over the course of the summer about it?
October 02 2012 08:48AM
Esa Tikkanen, I don’t know man. Somewhere, in the deepest recesses of my gut, probably located somewhere in my small intestine, I had the slightest notion that maybe this guy didn’t deserve the scorn. He was a bit player on a juggernaut, and what could ever compel anyone to hate someone so insignificant?
And then it dawned on me that that feeling, way down there in those deep recesses of my gut, probably located somewhere in my small intestine, was not a notion at all, and in truth was Esa Tikkanen’s stick, slashing me so hard that that’s where the blade ended up.
So yeah, it’s on.
October 01 2012 11:38AM
(Patrick Johnston is a Canucks Army contributor and freelance journalist. He managed to catch up to the Vancouver Giants and Brett Kulak last week and asked him a few questions on FN's behalf)
A player known for his hockey sense, both Flames and Vancouver Giants fans expect big things from 2012 fourth rounder Brett Kulak. He's had a busy hockey year; first making the Giants, growing his game, playing in the prospects contest, being drafted by an NHL squad and then attending prospects' camp this summer. Now it's back to Vancouver for a second full season in the WHL.
Like any prospect on track to make the NHL, Brett Kulak's coach expects a big step forward in his play.
October 01 2012 08:58AM
Okay, so apparently the system was never broken. If that is the case then, can the will of the NHLPA be?
Union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc.: to promote solidarity among union members.
There is no doubt the NHLPA is making it crystal clear to everyone, including owners and fans of the hockey world, that despite the apparent lack of support, the entire players union is together on seeing this whole ordeal through to the end. However, what does that mean exactly in terms of what the individual players are willing to do outside of the collective to bring about a resolution? It was all fine when Donald Fehr stood at his last major press conference with the who’s who of players behind him. It was obviously a statement move. However, once the CBA deadline passed on September 15th, and the owners locked out those same players, what is the next move on the part of the PA?