Backlund signing should happen while he’s still in love with the city

Mikael Backlund isn’t about to weaken his bargaining position. There is a good reason the pending unrestricted free agent currently sticks to clichés when it comes to talking contract. The 28-year-old centre finished fourth last year in voting for the Selke Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward. He’s taken prove-it deal after…


Flames return Mangiapane, Lomberg, Hrivik to Stockton

With the All-Star Break upon us, the Calgary Flames have made a trio of roster moves. The club has returned forwards Andrew Mangiapane, Ryan Lomberg and Marek Hrivik to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat. The move drops the Flames to the CBA-mandated minimum roster limit of 20 players, while saving them some cap space…


Oilers 4, Flames 3 (SO) post-game embers: Loser point

In the words of Jason Mendoza: “It’s okay. The pattern is green-green-green-red. Remember that when it starts up again.” Except here, the pattern is actually loser point-loser point-loser point-loser point. Which is actually red-red-red-red. Remember that when the season starts up again.