November 9th, 2013 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns
Darryl Sutter was first to do the unthinkable.
March 3rd, 2010, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Steve Staois shipped to the Calgary Flames in return for Aaron Johnson and a couple of 3rd round draft picks. Yes. A trade. Between the two eternal foes. A first in the combined franchises’ history.
It was the makings of a desperate GM. Sutter, doing whatever he could manage to salvage his position as Ruler of the Flames, made a deal with the Devil (quite literally some would argue). Sutter always coveted his veteran defensemen and so the unofficial embargo with the neighbours to the north was lifted, in a dealing thought never to be seen again.
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November 8th, 2013 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns
The Calgary Flames had earned six points in their last 10 games entering tonight’s contest with the powerhouse St. Louis Blues.
The sheen may have finally fallen off the turd… or however the saying goes.
But these were the results most expected entering the official first year of the finally accepted rebuild. And while the points have been lacking, the effort has not. Still, as the Flames start to slip down the standings how does one find meaning in a probable playoff-less season?
I’ll tell you.
Prior to the season the Flames segmented the season into mini five game chunks, seeking six points a set toward the ultimate goal of playoff hockey. While the points haven’t necessarily been there, each chunk has carried with it an intriguing story-line that has peaked the interest of Flames fans:
1-5: The Flames surprising strong start. 3-0-2.
6-10: Fall back to Earth. The Monahan decision.
11-15: MacDonald waives goodbye. Reto Berra checks in.
Fortunately I have acquired a crystal ball that may show what other compelling side-stories lie in store for the Flames in the frozen months ahead.
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