Game Takes: Canucks 4 Flames 2

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

Expectations can be an anvil that weighs down the ability to perform under bright lights and pounding scrutiny.

The Calgary Flames, however, delivered exactly what the paying customers expected last night, as they unveiled the 2014-15 season at the Saddledome.

A plucky effort.
A team struggling to score.
A one goal game (empty netter).
And the ability to find a way to lose.

Just like following a recipe on the back of a cereal box. The season has begun.
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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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Calgarypuck Logo Finalists – Short List

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With almost 600 votes cast on 11 logo concepts in the last week its time to widdle the list down to a more managable number.

Once again thanks to the artists for the contributions, and the membership for their passion in helping the web site select a new look.

Below are the four most popular logos from the original list of 11. In the first go round we let people select multiple logos from the list to ensure we got a good representation of the popularity of each concept. This time around its a single vote for a favourite out of four.

With snow on the ground, and Flame’s prospects packing luggage its almost hockey season, but first lets finish some logo business! - Full Article –

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