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Video- Matthew Tkachuk With A Stick Jab Tonight

The Sportnet guys discuss his stick work tonight.


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Color Analyst Or Not?

Your thoughts?  

For me, as long as fair commentary is provided, I have no issue at all.  I have listened to Cassie numerous times and have always thought she brings insight like only players can.


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The Edmonton Oilers Know They Need A Win Tonight Against The Calgary Flames

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Connor McDavid calls it “a massive game,” which may be a bit of hyperbole because it’s not exactly Game 7 of a playoff series, but McDavid can read the NHL standings.

If the Edmonton Oilers, seven points south of a wildcard playoff spot, beat the Calgary Flames on Saturday, they at least stay close to Anaheim, Colorado, Minnesota, Vancouver and Chicago just ahead of them in the standings. And they can stay in sight of Dallas and Calgary, who hold the wildcard spots right now.

If they lose, it may be time to think towards next year.

When a Calgary reporter asked McDavid if he knew why the club had been so inconsistent this season, he laughingly said “next question.”

“Believe me, if we knew we would fix it,” he told the reporter following the optional morning skate Saturday. 


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Points On The Line In the Battle Between Calgary And Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Storylines are not built equal.

It says something about the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames that the most notable thing to come out of their meeting Tuesday was that it’s the first time Auston Matthews has ever been held without a shot in an NHL game.

The Leafs centre chuckled in the corridor at Scotiabank Saddledome when asked about the end of a streak that spanned a record 103 games to start his career. His team had won 4-1. He’d had one shot blocked and another that went wide and didn’t even realize that Mike Smith went the entire night without needing to stop one off his stick....

In Edmonton, they’d beg, borrow and steal for this kind of talking point. Instead general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference on Tuesday morning to try and calm the waters amid a disastrous start.

The Montreal Canadiens have won a couple games since Carey Price’s return, but they’ve already had a chance to look over the side of the cliff in the first two months of the season. The losses are mounting in Ottawa. Vancouver’s been a surprise, but reality could be setting in during a tough six-game road trip.

Beyond Winnipeg, where the Jets are soaring, this Leafs-Flames game offered a reminder of what relative prosperity looks like in a Canadian hockey market.

They played in front of an energetic bipartisan crowd, which traded chants and saw several blue sweaters turn the “C” of Red into a mixed palate.

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Watch the game highlights below which includes a Calgary challenge of offside on an empty net goal with 0.9 seconds remaining on the clock.

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Gary Bettman Stresses New Arenas Needed In Calgary And Ottawa

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Amid growing talk about Houston’s desire to land a hockey team, and with Seattle pushing towards finally getting an NHL-ready building, Gary Bettman gently pointed out that his league has some budding dance partners. Lest anyone forget in the only two cities where teams are known to be lobbying for a new facility.

“We believe in all of the places that we have franchises now,” Bettman said Friday after a luncheon with Montreal’s chamber of commerce. “We think all of our markets are capable of supporting our clubs. We’re not looking to threaten markets, but there is a certain inevitability if a club needs a new arena to stay competitive, to stay viable and have stability, that if it can’t for whatever reason get a new facility then at some point ownership has to look at what options it may have.

“It’s great to know that there are lots of places that are interested in having a franchise that don’t, but we’re not running around actively soliciting interest. We listen to whoever wants to come and talk to us, and we’re aware of the interest, but our preference is to have our franchises right where they are.”

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Video- Glen Gulutzan After An 8-2 Loss To Detroit

from Ari Yanover of CalgaryFlames.com,

"I don't think we were prepared to play," coach Glen Gulutzan said following the game. "We were light on our sticks and that was evident in the goals. I thought that we didn't get any big saves early, but I don't know which one (Lack) was supposed to get."

more on the game....

Watch Glen Gulutzan post-game comments below...

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Video- 7 Goals In Just Over 13 Minutes Blues/Flames

Goals were coming fast and furious in the third period of the Blues/Flames game.  The Calgary Flames defeated the St. Louis Blues 7-4.


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Classic Brian Burke

from TSN,

Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke said Monday he's glad struggling forward Sam Bennett is playing in Calgary and not facing the media scrutiny of Toronto.

Bennett picked up his first point of the season on Thursday and now owns just one assist through 16 games. The 21-year-old has been moved from centre to left wing as Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan looks to spark him toward his 18-goal form from 2015-16.

Burke said Monday the team still has full faith in Bennett to turn things around, but is glad the 2014 fourth- overall pick isn't dealing with the media circus Burke dealt with while general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

"If he were in Toronto, they would have traded him 70 times, shot him six times, condemned his parents four times," Burke said facetiously on TSN 1050's Landsberg in the Morning. "Sam has had a tough start. We really think the world of this young man and he's going to be fine....

As a whole, Burke said he believes the Toronto media has a different attitude towards their team than the media in other cities.

"The problem [in Toronto] is there's a 100 people in the dressing room after practice and when the team loses, 80 of them are picking up the biggest rock they can find. That's the problem here. There's actually a significant chunk of the media that want you to fail. We don't have that in Calgary. We don't have that in Edmonton. It's a different vibe, it's a different tone."

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The New Arena Talk In Canada

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

This pouting sense of entitlement is a recurring theme across the world of professional sports, where billionaire owners have their hands out looking for taxpayer help in growing their businesses.

The whining in Ottawa is particularly distasteful because the billionaire owner in question, Eugene Melnyk, doesn’t know or care about the burden on the ordinary taxpayer because he had the wherewithal to avoid paying taxes by establishing his residence in Barbados. He rediscovered his Canadian roots two years ago when he needed life-saving liver transplant surgery.

If Melnyk needs a new arena, let him pay for it with all the money he saved by not paying taxes.

If the owners in Ottawa and Calgary aren’t happy with their arenas, there’s a new one in Quebec City crying out for an NHL team.

Bettman, who will be in Montreal this week to help celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary, could serve the game better if he stopped worrying about how Canadians spend their tax dollars and more about important issues like the rise in concussions and the anemic state of the game in places like Carolina, Arizona and South Florida.

more and a few other topics too...

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Videos- Mike Smith Gets The Calgary Flames Over The Hump Against The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Maybe all it took was a goalie who has beaten the Ducks often in the past to get the Calgary Flames to finally free themselves from the Honda Center spell.

Mike Smith was brought in to hopefully lift the Flames to the playoffs and beyond the first round but his job Monday night was simply to give Calgary a chance to break improbable and unimaginable losing streaks in a place that hasn’t been the happiest on earth.

It was a job well done.

All streaks eventually end and the Ducks’ mastery of the Flames did. Smith was largely why, making 43 saves for his first shutout with his new club in Calgary’s 2-0 win that snapped a 25-game winless drought against the host Ducks that stretched back 13 years in the regular season.

The last triumph for the Flames during the regular schedule came on Jan. 19, 2004, when the Ducks had Jean-Sebastien Giguere in their net and Roman Turek held it down for the Flames. Turek and Giguere have hung up their goalie pads long ago.

“When you play a team that long and you’re not on the winning part of it, it gets old pretty fast,” Smith said. “I know I’ve been on teams where it’s happened to me so I wanted to help this team get over that hump.”


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