The Calgary Ava-Leafs?

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The buzzer sounds, and the Flames; all smiles, make their way to the dressing room in Arizona, fresh off a 3-0 victory and a four point, three game road trip.

PGA golfer Graham Delaet joins them soon after, cladded in head to toe Flames gear as Iphones flash catching the Saskatchewan native with his favourite Flames players.

Bob Hartley, the proud papa, talks to the CBC about the Flames work ethic, and how the world may be over looking the skill the team has amassed to go along with the elbow grease, and never say die attitude.

Back in Toronto, the on air desk guys suddenly realizing their extra time from a rapid game in the desert turn to the Flames as the topic, with Hrudey, Kypreos, and Elliot Friedman all gushing about the team speed, the goaltending, the defensive all star duo, and the fact the Flames are fun to watch.

A quick look at the advanced stats however tell a different tale, the Flames were on the wrong side of the advanced stat bottom line with a game corsi% rating of 45.2%. Two nights earlier, and impressive track meet of a game in San Jose had the club post a Corsi% number at a measly 37.9%.
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The Turkey Day Bubble

November 28th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

They did it.

The Calgary Flames managed to secure a NHL playoff spot by American Thanksgiving. What does that get you? Absolutely nothing of course, as they still have more than 70% of their schedule still left to play. It does however, create a great discussion given the history of this magical date.

The history of the turkey line comes from a notion by Red Wing’s GM Kenny Holland;

The Hockey News December 2013
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has long contended that when it comes to making the playoffs, things are pretty much decided by the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, which gives a new meaning to Black Friday if you’re on the outside looking in.

And if history is any indication, Holland is about three-quarters correct. Over the past 10 seasons there have been 160 playoff spots up for grabs. Of the 160 teams that have held down a playoff spot after the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, 41 of them have finished the season out of the playoff picture. (We obviously didn’t include last season because the battle between the billionaires and the millionaires prevented us from having any NHL hockey until January.)

As a web site owner I’ve been projecting this article on this date for the better part of a month. My hope was the Flames would squeak into the 8th spot at Thanksgiving creating the debate about teams and the likelihood of holding down a spot in each Conference. Media in other markets would have been sure to point at the Flames as the team most likely to fall out (the 25%), and fans in Calgary thinking things too good to be true, would likely have thought the same.
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The Tenuous Tender Tandem

October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The NHL, and I’m guessing pro sports in general, has always been a fad chasing circuit.

When the Devils won with a trap everyone trapped. Now that the Kings are big and have won two cups, everyone is looking at size, and getting bigger and more difficult to play against. A terrible Chicago franchise drafted Toews and Kane, and with that everyone felt sucking badly was the best building plan, only to to have the Panthers and Oilers have everyone rethink that suggestion.

One element that hasn’t changed over the years, is the goalie rotation for NHL member clubs and leaning heavily on one man to carry the load.
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Calgarypuck Logo Finalists – Short List

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With almost 600 votes cast on 11 logo concepts in the last week its time to widdle the list down to a more managable number.

Once again thanks to the artists for the contributions, and the membership for their passion in helping the web site select a new look.

Below are the four most popular logos from the original list of 11. In the first go round we let people select multiple logos from the list to ensure we got a good representation of the popularity of each concept. This time around its a single vote for a favourite out of four.

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Calgarypuck Logo Finalists

September 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

What better time to change the look of a site then when the hockey club is going through a rebuild of their own. Even better when said rework happens in August and acts as excellent filler to get rabid hockey fans out of the dog days of Summer and back into the hockey season.

First off we want to thank everyone for their creativity and vigour in designing numerous logos that were frankly much more professional than I ever could have expected.

Thirty some days, and well over 100 iterations of logo ideas and below we have 13 finalists that are set to go to vote to help me in picking a winner for the site.

To those that didn’t make the cut, I apologize, it would have been easy to have 20 in this group. I weighed what I liked, and comments I read from others on each logo to come up with what I think is a pretty solid group to choose from.

Thanks again everyone for your tremendous support!
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