Archive for September, 2010

Flames still undefeated in preseason play

30 Sep

The Flames move to 5-0 as Stefan Meyer, Curtis Glencross and Ales Kotalik all scored in the second period to give the Flames a 3-2 triumph over the split-squad New York Islanders.

Olli Jokinen has said that his back is okay, and we’ll probably see him again in one (if not both) of the last two games of the preseason, a home and home series with the Oilers.

In more interesting news, Michael Peca’s comments about Jay Bouwmeester: “I enjoyed playing against him. He turned pucks over, made the game easy to play.”

Well Jay your secret is out. Maybe we can still negotiate a trade for Brandon Prust?

Well Jay your secret is out. Maybe we can still negotiate a trade for Brandon Prust?


Flames lose Jokinen – is that a bad thing?

29 Sep

4-0. Yeah, I know it’s the preseason, but isn’t it kinda fun to remember what winning was like? Remember that? When the sentence that included the words ‘Calgary’ and ‘cup contender’ didn’t also include ‘will take a few years of rebuilding to become…’ or ‘is now far too old to be considered…’

The bad/good news is, Jokinen is injured. Looks like something in his back. The story of the game was (and continues to be) T.J. Brodie – who fired a puck through the side of the net to notch his 3rd of the preseason. That’s correct… the puck went through the side of the net, and now Brodie has the same amount of goals as $6.8M-man Jay Bowmeester did all last year. Wicked. It’s too bad he will be sent down to Abbottsford.


Why T.J. Brodie is the key to Kotalik’s future

27 Sep

Think about it, if T.J. Brodie gives the Flames brass no reason to send him down to the AHL, then there will be no room for an overpriced defenceman. For now, let’s call that guy Cory Sarich. Now Sarich is making $3.6M this year, which happens to be $600,000 more than teammate Ales Kotalik. If Kotalik can once again (god help us) convince Sutter that he is an NHLer, then Brodie helped Daryl clear up nearly $3M for Ales.

However, the Flames are still over the cap (by just over $2M) so something further will have to be done.

In other news… and then there were 35. Matt Keetley, John Negrin and Keith Seabrook are the latest sent to Abbotsford.


Just 10 more sleeps until hockey starts!

27 Sep

Can’t you just feel it? Summer is over (thank god) and the hockey season is upon us. The Flames open this year in Edmonton on Oct 7 at 9:00 (MST). Nine? I can’t even stay awake that late. Stupid schedule.

I don’t think I’m going out on too great a limb here when I say that the Hall-led, Souray-less, Oiler Young Guns (backed by an alchololic goaltender no less) shouldn’t be much of a match for Calgary. And that ain’t saying much about either team. You know I’m right.

Now you’ll have to excuse me, I need to go call Shaw to order Sportsnet ONE.


Flames beat Lightning – now 3-0 in the preseason

26 Sep

Ales Kotalik scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Kotalik also had a goal and two assists, and rookie defenseman T.J. Brodie added a pair of power-play goals for the Flames (3-0). Craig Conroy also scored and Mark Giordano had three assists.

The day before the game the Flames sent a few folks over to Abbotsford, notably Bryan Cameron (RW), Hugo Carpentier (C), Kris Chucko (RW) and Mitch Wahl (C).


Flames start the pre-season with a couple wins

22 Sep

Flames 3 – Canucks 2

A Flames squad lead by their top line of Iginla-Jokinen-Tanguay beat a bunch of nobodies from Vancouver (sorry Hortichuk – you’re a nobody) as they should. It was a lot closer game than it should have been, and wasn’t very entertaining.

Flames 3 – Canucks 1

In another game, the same two teams produced nearly the same score. Calgary iced their second line of Stajan-Bourque-Hagman, and Vancouver iced a bunch of nobodies, again. The story of that game is that Stajan left the game after the first period with a shoulder injury.

The parade will start in my cul-de-sac.


Sportnet One – $5/month

18 Sep

Well I’m on Shaw Direct – formerly Starchoice. There is a free preview until October 4th, then it will be $5/month, as I had guessed. Which, for those of us who were paying for every Flames PPV game, works out to be lower than programming was last year. Just like the Flames performance will be – and all our expectations.

Sportsnet ONE is available in standard definition on channel 414/110 (Classic/Advanced) and is included in the following packages: Digital Lite, English Essentials and French Essentials.

Sportsnet ONE is also available in high definition on channel 267/309 (Classic/Advanced) and is included in the HD Sports package starting at only $4.99 per month.


Staal a Flame?

09 Sep
  • Eric?
  • Jordan?
  • Marc!

The latest rumour out of New York is that the Flames have sent Ranger defenceman Marc Staal an offer sheet. Although the Flames are already $2.35M over the cap, the offer is thought to be about $4.5M/year. Plus they have eight defencemen already on one-way contracts. Maybe this means bye-bye to Robin Regehr and his $4M/year?

This doesn’t make any sense, I’m positive hopeful that Sutter has enough hockey sense left in him to not completely screw this team up for Jay Feaster’s tenure.


Who’s back, and who’s gone?

09 Sep

Who’s back?

Who’s gone?

Who’s new?

Who’s old?


All 82 games (+3 preseason!) will be televised

03 Sep

The Flames announced that all 82 games will be on TV this year. Other than the regular CBC and TSN games, 39 will be on Sportsnet West and 19 on Rogers Sportsnet ONE.

Then this little gem:

Please note that Sportsnet Flames is the companion channel of Sportsnet One. Viewers need to subscribe to Sportsnet One to watch the Sportsnet Flames channel.

Wow, I’m shocked. So how much will that be you ask?

Basic programming $57/month (includes CBC, TSN and Sportsnet West)

Add $5/month for HD sports (includes TSN and Sportsnet in HD)

Add $5/month for Sportsnet Flames (I’m assuming, based on the cost of Leafs TV)

That’s $67/month or $469 for the season, which breaks down into $15/win.

But if you’re like me and still watch to watch the train wreck that is Calgary’s season, you can download schedules from the Calgary Flames website. Enjoy the anarchy.

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