Game Takes: Oilers 7 Flames 4

October 12th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well at the least the 7th one didn’t hurt him!

A terrible night for Brian Elliott and his new teammates as the most heralded puck blocker to mind the Cowtown twine since Miikka Kiprusoff had a nightmare of first starts in Edmonton yielding six goals on 28 shots as the Flames fell 7-4 to the Oilers.

The best news for Calgary is the fact that the two teams get back at it in 48 hours, as the netminder and the team will be looking forward to putting this one behind them. Truthfully, the Flames were actually pretty solid in a sloppy game, out shooting the Oilers 41-28 but finding a way to lose.

Lots more hockey before mid April.
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Predicting a Season

October 12th, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Every writer in every hockey city is asked to predict in some form or another the results of the hockey team they cover.

In some situations it’s easy. A Chicago writer can probably predict with some degree of certainty that things will go pretty well in the Windy City for the Blackhawks this winter; as they always seemingly do.

Other scribes are in denial and predict a playoff performance for their club, either because they drink the cool-aide or perhaps they fear for their jobs if they don’t, but those are pretty easy to see through.

But for most teams in most cities, there are always a healthy collections of “ifs” that exist, tipping points that when many go right or many go wrong the season can turn on a dime.
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A Bridge Over Troubled Water – Gaudreau’s Contract

September 1st, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

This wasn’t supposed to happen.

A team in a rebuilding cycle with two young stud forwards up front, both due contracts, would simply sign their star players and get back to the work of moving up the NHL ranks with a young roster. The players want to be in Calgary, the Flames want them here long term. Easy peasy right? Think again.

Seems nothing in life or hockey is ever as simple as it seems.

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2016 Summer Prospect Rankings – Summary

August 26th, 2016 | Posted in Prospect Rankings | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With Brad Treliving at the helm Calgary fans have seen a real changing of the guard when it comes to the club’s NHL roster, but also the prospect list voted upon every summer by hockey fans.

Over the past two seasons, the Calgary GM has moved expiring contract players for draft picks which has given him more currency to either select more players, or use them to add established players to the NHL roster.

The prospect list took a bit of a hit, or at least it did at first glance when picks were used to acquire Dougie Hamilton, while this year the acquired picks were retained giving the Flames a 9 player boost to their prospect group. – Full Article –

The Treliving Goalie “Process”

June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Process.

A buzzword heard over and over again in Calgary since Brad Treliving was hired by Brian Burke in the late Spring of 2014.

The Process.

Each draft is a process requiring meetings, and a list and a recalibration, and a new list, then a challenge to the list, then a final list. Then of course the draft.

His off season to do list is a process that results in an action plan to go out on acquire players. Last summer he said they targeted finding a young defenseman that would fit the age group of the young core they were assembling up front. Low and behold he pulled in a very surprising fish in Dougie Hamilton. He felt his club was too on their heels and wanted to find possession players so in addition to Hamilton he brought in a great play driver in winger Michael Frolik.

The past few months have been filled with the terms process and profile, as the thinker endeavors to find his first head coach, his hire. We don’t know what this process is for sure, but he’s offered hints by describing a profile of what he needs in a coach. He went on to say that once this profile was completed they met with some candidates, then rushed back to the profile to make sure the fit was secure. This process has lead him to a choice, his choice, that could be announced as early as tomorrow with the betting line suggesting Glen Gulutzan.
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