Flames Getting it Right; Hire Treliving

April 29th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A hockey fan in a Canadian city is around for the long haul.

They may threaten to give up their season tickets, they may tell everyone at the water cooler that they’re not tuning in next year, they may in the case of Edmontonians toss their jerseys on the ice in disgust and walk out.

But they haven’t. The won’t.

They just want hope, and a chance. The record on the ice, the placement in the standings, the banners in the rafters all matter, but when things aren’t going well, a rabid hockey fan just wants to know things will get better.

They want hope.
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Future is Now in AHL Playoffs

April 26th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Its been said, but it bears repeating; year one of the rebuild in Calgary was smashing success … in a very odd way.

The team was supposed to be terrible on the ice, and essentially they were finishing 27th in the league, securing the 4th pick overall, and meeting everyone’s expectations of not having a snowball’s chance in Hell of making the post season.

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Yet they did that somehow in a way that left every one feeling giddy and optimistic about the team’s future.
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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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Game Takes: Flames 1 Devils 0

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Earning 6 points on a 5 game Eastern road trip is a tough feat at any point of the season, at any point in a team’s evolution … at any point period.

Yet that’s exactly what the down and out Calgary Flames managed in a late season junket through Ontario, Florida and finally New Jersey with the season all but done.

Tonight’s 1-0 victory in the swamp was a gem for Kari Ramo, and potentially destructive for any chance at the fourth overall draft pick, but chalk another up for team building!

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