Flames Getting it Right; Hire Treliving

April 29th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A hockey fan in a Canadian city is around for the long haul.

They may threaten to give up their season tickets, they may tell everyone at the water cooler that they’re not tuning in next year, they may in the case of Edmontonians toss their jerseys on the ice in disgust and walk out.

But they haven’t. The won’t.

They just want hope, and a chance. The record on the ice, the placement in the standings, the banners in the rafters all matter, but when things aren’t going well, a rabid hockey fan just wants to know things will get better.

They want hope.
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Future is Now in AHL Playoffs

April 26th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Its been said, but it bears repeating; year one of the rebuild in Calgary was smashing success … in a very odd way.

The team was supposed to be terrible on the ice, and essentially they were finishing 27th in the league, securing the 4th pick overall, and meeting everyone’s expectations of not having a snowball’s chance in Hell of making the post season.

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Yet they did that somehow in a way that left every one feeling giddy and optimistic about the team’s future.
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Burke and Cammalleri Confirm Contract Extension Talks

February 25th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With most decision processes in life there is the obvious answer, then the more convoluted one.

The knee jerk action, and the road less traveled based on additional information and weighing different parameters.

For the Calgary Flames, and Mike Cammalleri it sounds like the obvious choice – that is the soon to be unrestricted free agent’s assumed trade out of Calgary – is a lot less of a given that many, most if not all have guessed.

Brian Burke told listeners at two speaking engagements in January that he felt the Flames would do their best to retain three of their restricted free agents and attempt to move the rest of the list for futures.

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Tough Guys, Skill and the Healthy Scratch

November 15th, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I loved watching Tim Hunter in his hey day in Calgary! Loved it.

The animosity with the Oilers was palpable four times a season at the Saddledome and as a youngster I’d scream until my voice was shot leaving me a croacking mess the next day in junior high. Back in the day the games set up almost like UFC in the modern era with an undercard of Peplinski scrapping Jackson, Sheehy exchanges fists with Krushelnyski, Nick Fotiu getting turned down by everybody.

Later the Flames developed Stu Grimson, then Sandy McCarthy, the almost cup year had a cruise missile by the name of Oliwa … I loved all of it.

But I’m done. I join many a Calgary hockey fan that just can’t for the life of him understand why the Flames dress two guys on a night in and night out basis when all they seem to accomplish is getting hemmed in their own zone and icing the puck whenever they flip their boots over the boards.

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Decision Time

October 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Eight games in the books. Decision Time.

When Sean Monahan hits the ice tonight in the Arizona desert (they may move this inside), he will have suited up for his 9th National Hockey League contest this season, making it that crunch time for Flame’s management as to the fate of the 6th overall pick.

Did anyone think the scenario would be as decisive as it is heading into the final game? Not this writer.

For starters I honestly envisioned a pace that would have the OHL star playing nine games to the Flames 13 to 15; a dose of popcorn duty sprinkled in here and there as a way to buy more calendar, and provide the kid with some teaching by watching from above.

Instead he’s suited up for all 8 Flames contests, and it’s not just an exercise in gold stars for attendance, as the pivot leads the team in goals with six, and has posted nine points to sit 2nd in team scoring.
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