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Remembering Zarley Zalapski

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Thirty years ago in Moscow, Dave King remembers being gobsmacked by a beyond-his-years performance by teenage blueliner Zarley Zalapski at the 1987 Izvestia Cup.

Back in Russia to prepare for the latest instalment of what is now known as the Channel One Cup, King was reminiscing about that feat Tuesday after hearing the tragic news of Zalapski’s death.

Zalapski skated for Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics, returned to the Saddledome for a five-season stint with the NHL’s Flames and called Calgary home after his playing days.

He was 49 when he died.

According to a Globalnews.ca report, the family has stated Zalapski died Sunday after suffering complications from a viral infection.


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Morning Line- Kent Wilson On The Calgary Flames

Enter Houston.

Eric Francis' recent article on the Flames' potential flight to Houston is a study in leverage seeking. It presents the relocation threat as not merely credible but inevitable and throws in a variety of common rhetorical flourishes for good measure.

Selling and moving the Flames would be far from easy. Calgary is a top-10 NHL market, with a long history of grassroots support, a high concentration of corporate offices, and a large GDP. The Flames have made it past the second round twice in the last two decades but currently sit eighth in average NHL attendance this year.  It would require a vote from the NHL Board of Governors to move a team out of one of the strongest markets in the league in favour of somewhere relatively unknown (and instead of one of the many other franchises that are currently struggling).

-Kent Wilson of The Athletic, read more (paid subscription).

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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A Good Time To Sell The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Don’t be fooled by the $430 million Forbes estimated the team to be worth last month – the Flames wouldn’t sell for a dime less than the newly-pegged cost of starting a franchise from scratch. (Minus sizeable NHL transfer fees, of course.)

After all, there’s far more value in acquiring a team with proven, marketable superstars like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and backed by a solid team and front office that knows the business inside out.

Fact is, we’ll eventually reach the point in this dangerous game of chicken that the most logical solution may just be to sell.

It certainly is the easiest.

After all, it’s only worth the two-thirds of a billion dollars if you sell it.

It’s worth a fraction of that in Calgary, where the political and business climate is such that the reality may just be that the Calgary Flames have outgrown this town.


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Video- Another One Game Suspension For Matthew Tkachuk

The unsportsmanlike conduct explanation.


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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.

read on

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.”

read on

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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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