Flames All Time Top 10 Draft Picks – #7 Håkan Loob

    Long before the chants of “Ig-gy, Ig-gy” or “Kip-per, Kip-per” echoed within the Saddledome walls, there was one syllable that resonated from the Flames faithful. Every time the original #12 lit the lamp, in one harmonized tone, the sounds of “Looooooooooooooooob” could be heard from the stands. Håkan Loob’s name is not often…


Flames World Junior Primer

    The 2013 edition of the IIHF World Junior (U-20) Championship begins on December 26, but there is a lot of hockey to watch this week as teams prepare for the tournament. To provide a handy checklist for hockey-starved Flames fans, here is a quick-and-dirty primer for the games that are coming up.


Lock-out Talks: Where are we Now?

  Another day, another round of lock-out links and negotiation items. The World Junoir championships will soon arrive and with them some relief from the hockey-less-ness and legal navel gazing that has plagued us since October. For now, though, let’s concentrate on the on-going rich man slap fight.

Flames Prospects NHLE – December 17th, 2012

It has been about a month since we looked at the NHL equivalencies of Flames kids and with Ryan giving us a more qualitative run down of their progress below, it seems like as good a time as any to see how their scoring is coming along. We’ll start with the guys up front


Catching up with Flames prospects

We’re into the holiday season, which means that junior kids are off to World Junior camps, that college schedules are sparse to allow for final exams, and various European club teams are off to allow for holiday tournaments. What better time to assess how the various Flames prospects are doing this year?


Best of the Nation – 12.16.12

The lockout keeps rolling on, but that doesn’t mean we lacked for quality content this week. We had another entry in our "Worst to First" jerseys series, talked about the frightening salary cap situation for a bunch of teams, looked at how forward usage by NHL coaches has evolved over the last few seasons, talked…

AGD: Looking for back of the net

  Time: 8:00pm MST Location: Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre Broadcast: SNET While the Heat have deserved a better fate in some of the games they’ve lost this month, last night wasn’t one of those instances. Abbotsford was being outshot 21-5 at one point in the second and spent a generous portion of the evening…

AGD: Stars Double Header

  Time: 8:00pm Location: Abbotsford Sport and Entertainment Centre Boradcast: teamradio.ca Tonight the Heat are back at home in Abbotsford where they’ll play the first of two games in two nights against the Texas Stars. The Heat remain the best team in the Western Conference despite losing four of their last five games. The Stars, in contrast,…

WHOAtherspoon! Or Why Brossoit got Cut

You can all go ahead and admit it, you did NOT see this one coming. Today was the easiest part of any coach’s job. The cuts. And while Team Canada didn’t cut as many players as they’d like to, they did cut a lot of them. (I’m being told I have to stop quoting the…


Let’s talk about contraction

Contraction is a favourite concept of hockey writers around North America. For those who simply want to see higher-calibre hockey, it’s a beautiful dream – fewer teams means higher quality players at the highest level, something that can’t help but result in better hockey. Most recently, though, contraction has emerged as a preferred cudgel with…


Wotherspoon to Russia, Brossoit back to Edmonton

It’s hard to figure out who got the best of the Team Canada World Junior cuts on Thursday evening. Flames sixth round pick – and WHL playoff MVP – Laurent Brossoit was the last goaltender cut from the selection camp roster, despite allowing only two goals all week. Remaining in camp (and soon to head…



It took a long time, but it looks like we’re now at the final table in this high stakes game of poker that is the NHL CBA negotations. And yes, this this is and always has been a heads up game. Neither you, nor I, nor any of the tens of thousands tens of hundreds…