Poirier vs. Culkin: A Brief Review

Last night provided a rare opportunity to see two recent Calgary Flames draft picks in their natural element – the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Thankfully, our buds at Sportsnet televised a contest between the Gatineau Olympiques and the Drummondville Voltigeurs, so I was able to get a rare chance to check out 2013 first…


Sochi: Franzen Out, Could Backlund Be In?

  Fairly significant Olympic hockey news came down this morning, as it was announced that Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss the tournament due to an injury. As per tradition, this immediately began speculation regarding who could replace Franzen next month in Russia as part of Team Sweden. Let’s throw this bit of speculation…


Much Ado About the Power-Play

(courtesy brewinfo.org) It’s well-established that the Calgary Flames are not a great 5-on-5 team. They have just 82 goals at even strength, 28th in the NHL (ahead of Montreal and Buffalo), and they’ve allowed more goals at 5-on-5 than anybody but Nashville, the Islanders and Edmonton. The reason why other teams are able to overcome…

Post-Game: The Track Meet

Tuesday night’s contest was an opportunity on many fronts for the Calgary Flames. It was their chance to continue a string of solid efforts that pre-dates their current winning string. It was a chance to clinch the season series against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions from Chicago. It was also their chance to win three…

FGD: The Champs Are Here

(Warning: video includes some cussing, so if you’re at work, rock some headphones!) After a few days off, the Calgary Flames (18-27-7) attempt to finally win three games in a row for the first time this season. Three previous times, the Flames have won a pair. On all three occasions, they lost their next game….


The Weekly Ignition: January 27 2014

    The Olympic Winter Games in Russia are approaching, with just two weeks of NHL play separating us from world-class hockey. It’s at a weird time of day, but it’s still the Olympics. The Calgary Flames continue to trudge through the first year of their re-build, and actually had a pretty sold week.


Brian Burke: The Anaheim Duck Years

(courtesy puffycoombes) Folks, enjoy your Sunday with a great guest post by frequent commenter Maimster! With all of the discussions about Brian Burke over the past few months (and in particular since he fired Jay Feaster), I wanted to answer a basic question – Has Brian Burke proven to be a good general manager? My…


Stajan Extended, Hartley Fined

(courtesy uiowa.edu) A bit of news coming down yesterday that merits some attention. The Flames signed centre Matt Stajan to a four-year contract extension worth an AAV of $3.125 million per year. The NHL also announced that Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 for the shenanigans on Saturday night. (He got off light, as John…


FGD: Swimming with the Sharks

(courtesy Vegnews.com) Fresh off their fisticuffs in Vancouver on Saturday, the Calgary Flames (16-26-7) head down the west coast to face another test in the form of a division rival. The San Jose Sharks (31-12-6) are fifth overall in the NHL, a stark contrast to Calgary’s 28th placement in the overall standings. It’s the third…


The Weekly Ignition: January 20 2014

    Ladies and gents, it was a wild week of Calgary Flames hockey this week. The Flames made national news with their truculence on Saturday night in Vancouver. But beyond that, many prospects continued to make noise. Let’s see what happened over the last seven days, shall we?


News and Notes – January 19 2014

As we all decompress from the wild show that was last night’s 3-2 shootout loss in Vancouver, and prepare for the Flames to clash with a very impressive San Jose Sharks club, why not take a quick glance at what’s going on around these parts.


Post-Game: The Rumble At Rogers (Arena)

Sometimes a game is just a game. Sometimes it’s just three periods of guys fighting over two points in the standings. When one of the teams is as deep down in the standings as the Calgary Flames are, those games sometimes become routine for all involved. And sometimes, a game kicks off with a freakin’…