Here’s a wisecrack from a disgruntled fan Friday night: Q: What does the Calgary hockey club have in common with the botched cauldron-lighting ceremony in Vancouver? A: It’s five Flames standing around not knowing what to do.


Hope floats

Before proceeding with our regularly scheduled topic today, here’s a question to ponder: Does it seem like Olli Jokinen is making more noise about the Flames now than he ever did for the majority of the time he actually wore the Calgary uniform?


The blame game

"Ignorance is bliss" and "What you don’t know won’t hurt you" — ah yes, the foundation on which every successful National Hockey League franchise is built.


And the winners are . . .

Typically, the first thing we try to do in the monthly Northwest Division Awards is determine which of the group’s Canadian entries has been the best over the past 30 or 31 days.


Dion: The Aftermath

Calgary fans don’t quite know what to make of the whole Dion Phaneuf situation, so how can so-called outsiders be expected to have a handle on the matter?


So long, Dion

Blockbuster deal for the Flames — Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie traded to Toronto for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers.


Iginla twists the knife

Call it a deluxe, adding-injury-to-insult edition of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. In addition to scoring a goal (two of them actually), setting up a couple of tallies and getting into a scrap on Saturday night, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla also managed to give the Edmonton Oilers a paper cut and then pour lemon juice…


Hockey Daze in Canada

Surely there must be a way for both of the rag-tag Alberta clubs’ losing streaks to continue beyond tonight’s tilt at One of the The Many Houses Frankie Musil Built. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us this is already the first National Hockey League contest in more than 22 years to feature a matchup of…


The No. 1 centre debate (again)

Quick — when was the last time the Calgary Flames made it through an entire season without any braying about the top end of the depth chart at centre? For some, the debate may go back as far as 20 years, when guys like Gilmour, Nieuwendyk and Otto were the men in the middle at…


McKenzie: Flames have eye on Kovie

Interesting nugget from TSN’s Bob McKenzie today as he suggests the Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks are his front-runners in the presumed Ilya Kovalchuk Sweepstakes that will develop if and when the Atlanta Thrashers decide to move the Russian winger.


Don’t look now but . . .

We’ve all heard of long weekends but the Calgary Flames’ upcoming weekend might seem especially long. The boys in crimson are off as far as regularly scheduled National Hockey League action is concerned but head coach/chief critic might have some very labour-intensive chores in mind for his chaps between now and the resumption of play…


Stuck in the middle

So the Calgary Flames are a not-that-nifty 50 games into the 2009-2010 National Hockey League season. While Monday’s debacle at the Shark Tank creates the impression the Flames are heading towards rock-bottom, a fairer bigger-picture view of the whole affair suggests that once they pull out of their current death spiral, they will once again…