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from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
When most everything else failed Wednesday night in the Ducks' worst meltdown loss of the season, a bare assessment of the situation was pure perfection.
“Every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed of how they played tonight,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. “To start one of the biggest road trips, to have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line … no one played at all. It's unexplainable.”
Valiant efforts in losses to Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto were one thing.
Making the fourth consecutive defeat a 7-2 rout to the lowly Calgary Flames, the Western Conference's second-worst team and the NHL's second-lowest scoring team, leaves the Ducks (43-16-7) now clearly grasping for a solution and clinging to their slight Pacific Division lead.
“You really have to look in the mirror,” Cogliano said after the Ducks gave up two short-handed goals. “If you don't, it's going to get bad in a hurry....
Trying to understand how that can happen in the race we're in.… I really have nothing,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They better do some soul searching.”
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Brian McGrattan scores the only goal for the Flames in a 2-1 loss to the Canucks.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Glassy-eyed with his wife and three young children in his arms Joe Nieuwendyk stood at centre ice watching his name and number hoisted to the rafters.
Capping off one of the most prolific hockey careers of a generation, the former Calgary Flames captain was welcomed home Friday night with three separate standing ovations as part of a stirring induction into the exclusive Forever-a-Flame club.
It was a fitting celebration for a man of tremendous class, ability and accomplishment.
"Having spent almost half my career in this wonderful city, I'm overwhelmed by this humbling honour," said the former captain as part of a memorable two-minute speech as 15 teammates from the championship team of 1989 looked on.
continued and below, watch Nieuwendyk's number retirement speech...
Flames get Avs 2nd round pick this year.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Brian Burke excels at commanding a room. Especially when the Calgary Flames’ president of hockey operations is expounding on a topic of disagreement.
Burke is a traditionalist. Yet he also sits on the honorary executive board of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Those two concepts capture Burke’s skepticism and his desire for clarity.
On Friday at the Hynes Convention Center, Burke made his uncertainty of hockey analytics quite clear. But Burke reiterated that if a numbers-based solution arises, he will write a substantial check to claim its ownership.
“If someone comes up with this analysis — which I haven’t seen yet — that makes us better predictors, we’ll buy it,” said Burke during a panel entitled “Hockey Analytics: Out of the Ice Age.” “And we’ll make sure no one else can buy it. We’re all looking for that edge. But it hasn’t materialized, in my mind, yet in hockey as an analytics tool.”
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As expected, Cammalleri would not lean one way or another but perhaps some of you may want to read between the lines.
Cammalleri will have UFA status in July and is rumored to be one of the top 4 players available at the trade deadline.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenceman Kris Russell to a two year contract.
Russell, a native of Red Deer, Alberta, has played 44 games this season with the Flames netting four goals and adding 16 assists for 20 points. The Flames acquired Russell from St. Louis this past off-season in exchange for Calgary’s 5th round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 408 career NHL games scoring 27 goals and 88 assists for 115 points with Columbus, St. Louis and Calgary. Russell was originally drafted in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Contract Terms: Two-year one-way contract with an Average Annual Value of $2,260,000 per season.
The Flames are in Philadelphia for a game tomorrow afternoon, so Hudler did a little cross-training.
The play was clearly offside...
more from Luke Fox of Sportsnet...
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