The Time Brian Burke Beat the CBA

    While I still feel fairly hesistant about Brian Burke as the Calgary head honcho, it’s important to remember that he’s not a stupid man. His views about the importance of certain attributes may be misguided, but he’s hardly a complete caveman.   


On Brian Burke and the USA Hockey Team

Image via Michael Dorausch and licensed under Creative Commons  In case you missed it today, the USA Olympic Men’s Hockey Team of Future Gold Medal Winners was announced after the Winter Classic. The selection itself has minimal relevance for the Flames, given that no Calgary player was even remotely in consideration (really, like Chris Butler’s gonna go?),…


On Player Accountability and the Bench

    The inevitable struggles of the Calgary Flames will bring on endless articles about coaching, with plenty romanticizing certain styles. Given how bad Calgary will almost certainly be this year, there will be endless words spilled on accountability, and plenty of them coming from the mouth of Bob Hartley, who has a reputation of…


A Case for Matt Stajan as the Number One Center

    This is not an article I could’ve imagined writing at the 4th Line Blog when the Trade happened in early 2010. Don’t get me wrong- I didn’t hate the Phaneuf for Stajan/Hagman etc. trade at the time, but I never really imagined the Flames would get to a point where I’d have to…


The Iginla Trade Circus

  After the news of the Boston “trade” broke over twitter, I made the joke that it would have been far more appropriate for Calgary to play Iginla and trade him in the middle of the game, given how absurd the management is, but they did me one better. Hell, they did me several better.


Pyrrhic Victories

    An interesting debate I’ve been watching over Twitter among Flames fans recently: "Is it okay to cheer for short term failure on your own team?" There seem to be more and more fans who want the Flames to experience repeated losses and blowouts in order to get a change of management and finally…


How I Spent My Lockout Vacation: Matt Stajan

      The year is 2012. The month is…let’s say December. The NHL lockout is now over and behind us and we never have to think about it again for another seven years. We all survived that Bristol Palin poker celebrity cruise show that aired on Sportsnet every night in place of NHL broadcasts….


Alarmism: What’s the Worst Case Lockout Scenario? (Hint: It Involves More Lockouts)

    I don’t necessarily believe this will happen. I certainly hope it doesn’t. But having a second lockout in consecutive CBA negotiations and the possibility of another cancelled season give rise to worry for a specific worst-case scenario: that this process – this absurd ridiculous asinine CBA process – is doomed to repeat itself. Sure, it’s…


Two Minutes Hate: Tim Erixon

    Dear Mr. Erixon, Go to hell. Why? That’s not clear? I guess I can explain. You were something special. You were a blue chip prospect: you played 20 minutes a night in the SEL playoffs, scored points left and right, could skate and stay mobile, prevented plays before they even developed, and I…

Mark Jankowski Goes to College

    In a move that’s only surprising in how long it took, Flames first round pick Mark Jankowski has announced he’ll be attending Providence College right away instead of joining the Dubuque Fighting Saints for a year.

Jiri Hudler: WOWY-Zowee?

  With the acquisition of Jiri Hudler yesterday, there’s been a lot of hemming and hawing about how good he actually is. Are his goals and underlyings merely a result of being on a very very good Detroit team? Or was he helping drive the engine of that Detroit team and other players benefited from…


Mark Jankowski and Feaster’s Gumption

    The Flames by just about any measure did not have the best draft on Friday and Saturday. Nor was it the worst, despite a lot of the immediate reactions to some of the moves (including my own). But there is one thing that can absolutely can be said about it- in particular the…