November 30 2016 08:00AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in town tonight. I'm sure you're as thrilled with the completely nonsensical 6:30 p.m. start time as you are with these moronic Dougie Hamilton trade rumours that simply won't die.
Let's talk about the latter.
November 29 2016 12:00PM
We're now two months into the general hockey season, and clearer patterns have begun to emerge. The Flames haven't totally shaken off the early October struggles and are still, at their core, an inconsistent disaster that has been propped up by good goaltending (for once). We've all been waiting for the team to turn the mythical corner, and to their credit, they have. Their only problem is that time is a flat circle.
For the positive side of this intro, let's look to the prospects who, nearly a quarter into the season, have had very good performances. As previously mentioned, clearer patterns have emerged. Contenders have separated from pretenders, and there are more of the former than the latter. Let's dive in.
November 29 2016 10:22AM
This morning, Team Canada officially announced their selection roster for the 2017 World Junior Championship, including Kelowna Rocket and Flames prospect Dillon Dube. The 32 man roster currently contains 19 forwards including Dube, and will be cut to 22 players after selection camp, held from Dec. 11-14 in Broisband, Quebec.
November 29 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames just completed their longest road trip of the season, playing six games in nine nights in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 3-2-1, the Flames earned seven of a possible 12 points and return home one game closer to the .500 mark than when they left.
Three things jumped out at me during Calgary's excursion, two negative and one positive.
November 29 2016 08:00AM
The Islanders are an unmitigated disaster right now. Their star players can't score, and not helping that fact is that they keep scratching key contributor Ryan Strome. They couldn't keep Kyle Okposo because they gave a shipload of money to Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, and other fourth liners. They are second worst in score-adjusted 5v5 and have the least number of points in the NHL.
Those are just the on-ice problems. They play in an obviously converted basketball arena which includes an off-centre jumbotron, reduced seating capacity, terrible sightlines, and a Honda in the front row like we're watching the Spengler Cup. It's very symbolic that the outside of the arena is covered in rust. Every player on their roster will probably retire before they stop paying Rick DiPietro. Their coach allegedly lives in the general manager's basement. No matter how bad this season gets, Islanders fans are looking at us (well, at everyone) with envy in their eyes.
Yet the Flames had a tough time against the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked. You couldn't ask for an easier end to the most gruelling road trip of the season, a road trip that many thought the Flames could use to turn their season around, and they blew it. Against a bunch of chuckleheads.