Flames kids survive first Team Canada cuts

    Although they aren’t exactly favorites to make the team, a pair of Calgary Flames prospects survived first cuts at Team Canada’s World Junior team selection camp on Wednesday evening. Despite five guys getting cut from the Team Canada preliminary roster – leaving 31 bodies in camp – goaltender Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton…


“No progress” in lockout talks, but the end is near all the same

Remember last week, when negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA collapsed? Don Fehr gave a press conference, saying the two sides were close, then came back and said that talks had broken off, and then Gary Bettman gave what was likely the angriest media availability of his NHL tenure, insisting that the owner’s offer of…


Flames All Time Top 10 Draft Picks – #8 Mike Vernon

    I don’t know man, it seems like these days there’s just not a lot of love for Mike Vernon. Personally, I’ve never understood the sentiment, I’ve always been a Mike Vernon guy, but I do think I know where the disdain comes from. It’s Al MacInnis. And well mostly Ken King. I believe…

AGD: Here Come the Americans

  Time: 5:00pm MST Location: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester Broadcast: teamradio.ca The Heat got back into the win column against the Marlies on Sunday and look to continue their winning ways in Rochester this evening against the sabres AHL affiliate. Rochester has some decent firepower up front but nevertheless languish near the bottom of the…

The Flames Pending Cap Problem

The CBA talks will resume this Wednesday with indication of when or if the new agreement will be signed. That means there’s a lot that can change between now and whenever hockey returns, but what seems to be coming into clearer focus at this point is the money part. The players have pretty much capitulated…


Scouting report: Johnny Gaudreau, Billy Arnold, and Jon Gillies

As you probably know by now I am acutely familiar with the work of Calgary’s two prospects on the Boston College Eagles, Johnny Gaudreau and Billy Arnold. Both are very good college hockey forwards on the best team in the country, which just happens to be the best program of the last decade, and is…


Flames Highlights, Fond Memories

    With talks melting down last week and the league cancelling games through to December 30th today, it’s hard to be up-beat or optimistic about NHL hockey at the moment. Like a lot of folks out there, the fanatic spirit in me that lives for the big saves, heavy hits and dirty dangles is…


KHL: Two huge rivalries, crazy KHL fans

  Two KHL games for you today. First we have the Czech team Lev facing their Slovakian rivals Slovan, and then Latvian Dinamo Riga playing their Belarusian rivals Dinamo Minsk. Two great games, and absolutely rabid fans. Great seeing packed barns for a hockey game. I almost forgot what it looked like.

AGD: Marlies Re-match

  Time: 1:00om MST Location: Ricoh Coliseum Toronto Broadcast: teamradio.ca The last time these two teams met, the Marlies handed the Heat their worst defeat of the season so far (5-0). After a so-so start, Toronto has been climbing up the standings and currently sit tied for 3rd in Western Conference with 27 points, just…


Best of the Nation – 12.9.12

Lots of interesting stuff across the Nation websites this week, including an exclusive interview with an NHL head coach, 2013 Draft talk, a look at how goalies perform as they age, and obligatory stuff on the NHL lockout. Read more, after the jump!



  Any league that has the sense not to lock themselves out through Christmas and any team that has the sense to mysteriously drive off Theo Peckham gets our business. Where do you go when there is nothing to do and you are still riding high on having survived a Raiders game? It’s time to…