Ducks Hold Off Flames

November 2nd, 2008 | Posted in CPuck Blog, Game Takes | By: Jason Parkin

Anaheim 3 Calgary 2

Recent history would suggest tonight’s affair at the Honda Center in Anaheim wouldn’t go quite according to Calgary’s plan of recording 7 straight wins. Not since 2005 have the Flames pulled off that feat, and will be in tough to do it again as Calgary has not won in the last 7 regular season meetings in Anaheim. Combine that fact with a red hot ducks team, and the alarming news before the game that Robyn Regehr was out with an undisclosed injury and things weren’t looking too good for the high flying Flames. – Full Article –

Assessing the Numbers Before Canada Day

June 28th, 2008 | Posted in CPuck Blog | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With a fury of activity, both in signing players, waiving players and buying out a player one must ask; where does this team sit going into Canada Day?

Using existing salaries, some reported salaries and some guesstimates both on what has happened and what should happen I arrive at 20 players signed and 52.5 dollars spoken for.

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Langkow-gate and Draft Week

June 13th, 2008 | Posted in CPuck Blog | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A Roger Millions blog on Sportsnet has now reached the radio, turning the “maybe the guy hasn’t signed after all” hoopla into a multiple media event. I know Millions, he’s a straight shooter and not one to make things up to garner attention, but I still have my doubts.

Either way, I don’t care.

If the four year 20 million dollar contract that we were hearing towards the end of the season was realistic, I think it’s safe to say Sutter should walk away should the Langkow camp be balking.
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Garbage Bag Day

April 25th, 2008 | Posted in CPuck Blog | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Much like Ground Hog’s day garbage bag day is the annual day where a city’s media waits for a playoff dashed hockey club to pop their collective heads up to answer questions and toss around cliches. It’s like book return day at high schools with the exams in the past, and kids heading off in various directions for summer holidays.

The ebb and flow of the CBA dictates between 20 and 40% turn over for each and every club, so expect today to be the last “dome” day for at least eight or nine players that were on the roster as the Flames took on the Sharks.

Another issue at hand is Team Canada, and the agreement or rejection of Calgary players asked to play for their country. Dion Phaneuf and Matthew Lombardi went over last year; it will be interesting to see who attends this spring. Jarome Iginla, in the past, has always said no when asked, but is a shoe in for the Olympic team in 2010.

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