Predicting a Season

October 12th, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Every writer in every hockey city is asked to predict in some form or another the results of the hockey team they cover.

In some situations it’s easy. A Chicago writer can probably predict with some degree of certainty that things will go pretty well in the Windy City for the Blackhawks this winter; as they always seemingly do.

Other scribes are in denial and predict a playoff performance for their club, either because they drink the cool-aide or perhaps they fear for their jobs if they don’t, but those are pretty easy to see through.

But for most teams in most cities, there are always a healthy collections of “ifs” that exist, tipping points that when many go right or many go wrong the season can turn on a dime.
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A Bridge Over Troubled Water – Gaudreau’s Contract

September 1st, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

This wasn’t supposed to happen.

A team in a rebuilding cycle with two young stud forwards up front, both due contracts, would simply sign their star players and get back to the work of moving up the NHL ranks with a young roster. The players want to be in Calgary, the Flames want them here long term. Easy peasy right? Think again.

Seems nothing in life or hockey is ever as simple as it seems.

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The Treliving Goalie “Process”

June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Process.

A buzzword heard over and over again in Calgary since Brad Treliving was hired by Brian Burke in the late Spring of 2014.

The Process.

Each draft is a process requiring meetings, and a list and a recalibration, and a new list, then a challenge to the list, then a final list. Then of course the draft.

His off season to do list is a process that results in an action plan to go out on acquire players. Last summer he said they targeted finding a young defenseman that would fit the age group of the young core they were assembling up front. Low and behold he pulled in a very surprising fish in Dougie Hamilton. He felt his club was too on their heels and wanted to find possession players so in addition to Hamilton he brought in a great play driver in winger Michael Frolik.

The past few months have been filled with the terms process and profile, as the thinker endeavors to find his first head coach, his hire. We don’t know what this process is for sure, but he’s offered hints by describing a profile of what he needs in a coach. He went on to say that once this profile was completed they met with some candidates, then rushed back to the profile to make sure the fit was secure. This process has lead him to a choice, his choice, that could be announced as early as tomorrow with the betting line suggesting Glen Gulutzan.
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Was the Release of Hartley a Surprise?

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Coaches are hired to be fired, it’s a cliche, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Today the Flames shocked the hockey world by letting go of the ever popular Bob Hartley, a season removed from a Jack Adams award, and about 13 months after the Flames extended his contract.

Nobody saw this coming … or did they?

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Lottery Fix – April 29th

April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Last Saturday night the HNIC crew thought it best to run the lottery simulation 100 times and report the results. They were in and around the actual odds as expected, which proves my coming point. Don’t run the thing 100 times, run it once and get your head around what that would mean.

Every day between now and April 30th Calgarypuck will run the simulator once and then look at what that would mean. We will assess the result on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst (see Edmonton) and 10 (Flames land Matthews) being the best.

April 29th – 1 Day to the Lottery

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