Archive for October 7th, 2010

Calgary 0 – Edmonton 4

07 Oct

I don’t even know what’s worse… that the Flames lost to the Oilers, that Kiprusoff was out-goaltended by Nikolai Khabibulin, that Ivanans was knocked out cold in a fight with Steve MacIntyre, or that I stayed up late to listen to the two worst NHL personalities in Mark Lee and Kevin Weeks.

I’m not going to say that Kevin Weeks is retarded, that would be politically incorrect. What I will say, is that the CBC sends the short bus to pick Kevin up from his home. Set down the streamers Kevin, you have to provide colour to the hockey game.

The game story (what’s important) is this. The Oilers outplayed the Flames in the first period, badly. The Flames outplayed the Oilers in the second, badly. The third was pretty evenly split – the Flames out shot the Oil in the game 37-33. The difference in the game was 4 minutes in the third period when Edmonton scored three times on four shots. The top line of Edmonton was just better than the top line of Calgary. I thought Iginla looked like Jokinen all night. Which is bad. And Bouwmeester, don’t even get me started on what I think of him being paid $60,000 for tonight’s game. I think he should cut cheques to all Flames fans, that is how bad he was.

If there are any left. Oh yeah, in case you thought otherwise… going unbeaten in the preseason means nothing.


Brodie stays, current line combinations posted

07 Oct

TSN be damned, here are the real line combinations on Day 1 of the 2010/11 season.

In other news, the 1 p.m. roster freeze came and went Wednesday and there was T.J. Brodie out on the Pengrowth Saddledome ice partnering Ian White on defence on the second power play unit.

So the faces to watch this year will be:

  • T.J. Brodie – who will stay until Pardy gets healthy or he makes a mistake, whatever comes first.
  • Brendan Morrison – Is this guy good enough to be a second-line centre? On the Flames perhaps, he certainly is old enough to fit in.
  • Tim Jackman, signed to a two-year contract, not much is known about him. He’s been in-and-out of the AHL for 8 years.
  • And of course the top line. Are they washed up? Or was the last year the anomaly?

Brodie is certainly in fine company. He will be the first defenseman from beyond the third round of the draft to stick with the big team out of camp since a certain Gary Suter.

That name draws a blank with T.J. Brodie, just out of his teens. (seriously?!?) When informed that Suter went on to collect the Calder Trophy that season, edging Wendel Clark, his eyes lit up.

“Yeah? Really?”

Yeah. Really. In 1985.

Brodie blinked. “I wasn’t even born yet.”