Cultural Impasse

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Have the Calgary Flames painted themselves into a corner?

Jettisoning local hockey heroes and starting a team anew without a particularly deep prospect base forced the club into stripping the team down to the bolts and building a foundation from the ground up based on hard work, accountability, and effort.

They hired a head coach that seemed to work better with the threadbare roster, than he did with the veteran club he started with.

They anointed an undrafted, unwanted defenseman as their captain, a guy that lead by example and verbage as the left for dead franchise attempted to start a new chapter, building from the ground up.

The club did as expected and finished near the bottom of the standings, but along the way earned a moniker for out working opponents, leaving everything on the ice, and pleasing a Calgary crowd that had grown weary of overpaid over promised rosters that never delivered.

When the dust settled it was clear to everyone that the team had established a culture, a brand name, that would prove to be the most valuable asset in rebuilding a franchise in a way that could be sustainable for years to come. - Full Article –

Camp Notes: Flames 4 Arizona 3 (OT)

September 25th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Flames travel to Sylvain Lake Alberta to play in front of 1000 hockey fans, and a large throng outside on the grass. In classic storybook fashion the Flames come back to tie the game, then win it in overtime when two local Albertas team up to score the winner; Glencross from Russell.
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Camp Notes: Flames 1 Oilers 0

September 21st, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Not exactly a barn burner at the Saddledome tonight as the split squad Flames took on the split squad Oilers, besting their visitors by a score of 1-0 (the Oilers won the other half 3-1).
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Game Takes: Canucks 5 Flames 1

April 13th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

My biggest fear coming into this game was for Gaudreau to light it up putting way too much pressure on next season. His teammates helped to make sure that didn’t happen as the Flames laid down a stinker in Vancouver to complete their season, dropping a 5-1 outcome to the Canucks.

For a team that worked so hard all season to stay in games its a shame that their last turn on the ice may leave a bad taste in Calgary mouths over the summer. It shouldn’t. - Full Article –

Flames 4 Kings 3 (SO)

April 9th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

A funny thing happens in hockey when the final siren roars and the game is over. You forget quickly the events that lead up to the result. Wins become a count, points a tally, and individual games blend into a blur when looking back on a season.

Hard to say how the Flames final two games will go, but if the last four have been any indication you can count on the club’s goaltending being the difference between winning and losing.

A four game winning streak late in a season can get fans into a tizzy, but getting out shot by a two to one count, as they did again in a 4-3 shoot out win over the Kings can be a little misleading.

But boy had Calgary found themselves a goaltender!
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