Youth Is Served in Calgary?

October 4th, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Psst … don’t look now but the Flames have a 21 year old center and a 20 year old defenseman on the roster, and the season opens on Thursday.

No seriously.

Two players seemingly about to take on larger than expected roles, and likely teaming up to buy Mach3 blades as neither has a daily need for the old straight edge.
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Camp Numbers Dwindle Who’s Left?

September 28th, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Three years ago John Armstrong surprised many by hanging on to the bitter end at a Calgary Flames camp, essentially being the last sent down to the Flames AHL affiliate.

His career was made right? Last cut at a NHL camp had to mean nothing but an easy choice to crack the roster the very next season if not by Christmas. Yet that wasn’t the way it worked out. The player is still on the horizon, but injuries and roster changes have altered his path to the Flames third line.

Every camp has twists and turns, surprise cuts, and players that hang around longer than anyone would have expected; the 2010 camp is no different.
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Calgarypuck, the Media and Polling

July 16th, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Internet polling, results and how they fit in with they non-cyber world … topics that have always caused great debate on

Rabid hockey fans that flock to an online source to hash out every minute detail of a hockey club… are they more in tune? better fans? Indicative of society (Calgary) as a whole? Or homers wearing red and gold goggles, so unable to see fault with their hockey club that they can’t help but bend towards the positive?

Recently was afforded a great opportunity to hopefully come up with answers to some of these questions; or perhaps not.
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Flames Continue Retro Rework on Canada Day

July 1st, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s been an odd six days in Flames history, or better put … it’s been odd watching the Flames dabble in their own history for six days? Or is it … the Flames are history?

Any or all of those statements could be used to describe the club using three player acquisition methods to acquire five pieces of club history during the past week.
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Race from Disgrace

April 1st, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The 2009-10 NHL season has not gone as planned in Calgary.

Big off season acquisitions of a stud defenseman and a can’t miss coach fired a cannon across the bow of Western Conference contenders that the deep on paper Flames would be a club to keep an eye on not only for the Northwest title, but also the top seed out West.

Quite clearly nothing has worked out.
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