Funerals Are For The Dead

March 26th, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There are five days left in March, six games left on the schedule and the Flames are in Edmonton to play the Oilers on hockey night in Canada looking to close a two point gap to a playoff spot.

Period.

That’s all the city, the team and the media should be talking about right now. No blow up the team articles. No playing out the string articles. No off season transaction prognosis.

A win in Edmonton to keep the dream alive; the rest can be saved for another day.
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The Flames and the Playoff Hunt

January 24th, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Flash back to December 21st …

Henrik Karlsson is named a game star as the lanky backup goaltender put in yule-men work for the visitors in a 3-1 setback in Columbus, stopping 34 of 37 shots to be his team’s best player. The loss, the Flames third in a row has essentially ended their season.

The team sat 14-18-3, four games under .500 and in a world of hurt. The Columbus loss punctuated a skid that had them badly out shoot the Minnesota Wild in a home and home series but lose both games. It wasn’t very difficult to scream “blow it up!” on that night, and I’m guessing many Calgary fans did just that.
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Sutter Steps Down; Feaster Acting GM

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

The death watch is complete; Darryl Sutter has stepped down as General Manager of the Calgary Flames ending a long and somewhat painful march towards the inevitable.

In his tenure he went from coach to both roles to the GM chair solely, and transformed the Flames franchise from laughing stock to surprise Cinderella, to contender, and then finally a club that just couldn’t put it together on the ice and be the sum of it’s parts.

Jay Feaster the teams assistant GM was named acting GM in the process.
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Slide On!

November 24th, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Historically when the Calgary Flames have faltered, they haven’t faltered enough.

The Flames are enjoying their 30th season in Calgary and if things continue the way this season has started they will miss the playoffs for the 10th time. A playoff success rate of 67% is pretty good when it comes to sports franchises, so there is nothing to hang ones head in that regard.

Where the Flames have failed miserably is properly executing the “fail”.
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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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