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Archive for May, 2012

Survey says… BOB HARTLEY!

31 May

Bob Hartley returns to the NHL as your new head coach. You may remember him as an NHL bench boss from his days with the Quebec Nordiques and the Atlanta Flames (get it? he’s old!)

I for one like the move, because he was the best available coach that I can still kinda stand. But with a core group of players who are almost as old as he is, I’m not sure there is much he can do to change the fate of this team.

Hartley was chosen most often in my very scientific survey, so kudos to you guys. I was surprised that the resigning of Olli was split down the middle, especially since there is no way he’s coming back. And four respondents have no clue, because no… we’re not trading Iginla before the start of next season.

 

Who is the next coach of the Calgary Flames?

23 May

 

Is Troy Ward in line to be the next coach of the Calgary Flames?

13 May

I guess that this is the (first and only) logical conclusion to jump to, so let’s do it.

Bottom line? I hope not. I don’t like when you bring in a guy who has less experience than most of your players. I think people in general look to someone as a leader if they feel he has a) been there before or b) knows – better than the others involved – how to get out.

Let’s face it, the Flames are in a huge hole. This was their worst season since the lockout. They were just ranked 26th out of 30th on the prospect potential list. They’ve been headed downwards, they have little hope for the future, it’s going to take more than Troy Ward to dig them out of this.

 

Flames sign some guy you’ve never heard of

02 May

The Calgary Flames announced they have signed centre Roman Cervenka.

Who?

Cervenka played the last two years with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). During the 2010-11 season he received the top goal scorer award, registering 31 goals in 51 games while playing alongside fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr.

Wait, who? That old guy with the mullet who plays for Philly?

He was also selected to play in the KHL All-Star Game collecting more fan votes than any other player in the league.

Cripes, I could play in the KHL All-Star game.

During 2011-12, the Prague native recorded 23 goals during the regular season while notching a league leading 22 points from 11 goals and 11 assists in 20 playoff games. Cervenka has represented the Czech Republic with the national team on multiple occasions. He earned a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Okay, I’ll give him that as I’ve yet to play in the Olympics. But there is still time…

 

The Calgary Flames and the endowment effect

01 May

Couple interesting articles on the Flames this week…

There is this one about the Flames and the possibility of a rebuild:

So if the Flames once again choose to stay the course and remain competitive this coming season, rather than move their stars and start anew, it’s not merely a symptom of cowardice but likely an expression of common psychological processes.”

And this one about Darryl’s one-trick-pony style of coaching:

Eight years later, Sutter is spear-heading what could be yet another legendary playoff run by a low-seed in the Western Conference.”

 
 
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