Decision Time In Calgary

March 20th, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Assumptions are almost always dangerous.

When a scientist takes a key variable and applies an assumption any hypothesis or result that comes from testing will only as valid as that assumption, meaning the very nature of the assumption could render his life’s work completely useless.

And really what is a hockey team, and the building of a hockey team than that of an experiment? An experiment in drafting, developing, projecting, and team building. An ability to assess the growth of a team’s prospects, the development of players on their roster, the shape of a roster both this season, next season, in two seasons and in ten.
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Time to Park the PR

September 26th, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In social issues, politics and even sports public opinion is tough to assess.

People can be polled one way, but react another when choices involve actions and not just a quick answer. The silent majority can quite often be poorly represented by the loud minority who take to the streets, start web based petitions or create youtube videos slagging their favorite targets. Don’t even get me started on the “no comment” group that for whatever reason agree to answer a poll but then have no opinion in filling in the answer; nobody can help them.

To date the NHL and the NHLPA have attempted, I’d argue largely in vain, to win the hearts of the hockey fan in a way to gain leverage in a dispute that today has become 11 days old. It’s not working.

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A Summer of Owner Bashing?

July 21st, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Journalists like any other professionals come from writing programs in learning institutions, and are often in unions themselves.

They aren’t biased, they’re not jaded, and they don’t have an axe to grind. They simply see life from a certain perspective and because of that they can’t help but write opinion pieces from that perspective.

Similarly, many Calgarypuck readers toil downtown some in the tech industry, engineering firms, many from oil and gas and we too have a view that is similarly evolved from being in certain circles, having certain conversations, and forming certain opinions.
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Flames to Stand Down on Canada Day?

June 30th, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Nobody likes a wet blanket.

People get hyped up for certain events in the sporting calendar and Canada Day is certainly one of them with the free agent frenzy, 16 hour news cycles, and teams completely remade with the stroke of a few ball point pens.

It’s a blast. It’s exciting to see your club add a big name … and it adds to a summer to be able to sit on the beach with a cold one and imagine the new line combinations that will be front and center in early October.

But this year? Stay away from tvs and the internet (did I just say that?!) because there just won’t be much to see.
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Flames Name Hartley Bench Boss

May 31st, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

But I thought he was going to Montreal?

It was too obvious wasn’t it? Jay Feaster’s old friend, god-father to his son, … he wouldn’t do that. He wouldn’t hire the “in” guy, the obvious guy.

Yes yes he would, and that fact was made official late this morning when the Flames called a 12.30pm press conference to introduce Bob Hartley as the new head coach for the Calgary Flames.

Was it a good hire? Is he the right guy for the job? Is there a right guy for the job?
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