Kukla's Korner Hockey
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
If you don’t like overtime, four-plus-hour games and mild heart attacks, then this series really isn’t for you. But if you can stay up until midnight or 1 a.m. watching hockey and can withstand the mini arrhythmias when Patrick Kane goes speeding down the wing alone in overtime, then this series between the Blackhawks and Bruins has been a dream come true.
from TSN and CTV files,
Scotiabank Saddledome and the Stampede grounds are among the many areas that have been hit by severe flooding as the province has called on the residents of Calgary's flood-hit regions to heed evacuation orders and head to higher ground.
According to several reports, the water is up to the 10th row of seats in the NHL arena while the dressing rooms are completely submerged and the Jumbotron and other equipment resting on the arena floor has been ruined.
Canadian Forces are deploying 1,200 troops to help in the worst-hit areas of Alberta, and as roughly 100,000 people were set for evacuation in Calgary alone.
"When that is asked, people really must leave, although it is an extremely difficult thing to do," said Alberta Premier Alison Redford, calling the flooding an "absolutely tragic situation."
Live stream of CTV in Calgary...
"... honestly, what has Shanahan done to be considered for such a pivotal role? He’s never scouted, never run a hockey team, never made a trade and never juggled a roster or a salary cap. He has worked on player safety for the NHL, issued suspensions and fines and he has initiated talks and ways to improve the game. Kudos to him for that, but converting that into a director of hockey ops gig is a major leap, one the Flames are in no position to make.
This is a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years, an organization now in a rebuilding mode with three picks in the first round of this month’s NHL entry draft. This isn’t the time to hand the keys over to a novice and say, “Go take it for a test drive. See what you think.”
-Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail. More from Maki on this topic and other NHL notes...
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
What was outlined was as follows: Ken King would step in as team president and CEO to lead the Flames’ pursuit of a new arena; Shanahan would come aboard as director of hockey operations and would be allowed to hire his own people.
That, essentially, would position Shanahan as Jay Feaster’s boss. The Flames’ general manager is on the hot seat after failing to make the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. Feaster will also be overseeing arguably most important NHL entry draft in franchise history, what with Calgary having three first-round selections. How the team proceeds, through the draft, trades or free-agent signings, will ultimately determine Feaster’s fate.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
Calgary’s current needs are size and talent at centre, more size on their third defensive pairing, plus a shooting right-winger to replace Iginla, Feaster said.
"We have to get bigger and we have to get harder to play against," the GM said.
Feaster fought the term "rebuild" as he traded away the team’s captain and top defenceman during the season. He joked Friday that via "therapy" he’s accepted that rebuilding is what Flames are doing.
His intention, however, is to make that process as short and as painless as possible.
"I don’t think there is a quick fix," Feaster said. "We have to do a better job as an organization in drafting. We think that over the last three drafts or so, we’ve done a better job, but (there’s) not enough players that are pushing through right now. We have to a better job developing players. Once we draft them, we do the right things to develop them.
"We have to continue to add assets. We can’t keep trading away high draft picks and trying for that solution that gets us through and gets us to the playoffs at the expense of the foundation."
Feaster hinted he’s willing to package current Flames into draft-day transactions.
added 11:12am, Read the release below from the Flames...
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
“Yeah, it was a little bit (emotional),’’ admitted Kiprusoff, expected to announce his retirement at season’s close with one year left on his current contract. “After First Star, I had to come quickly out. It was an unbelieveable feeling.
“You look at some other Canadian cities and it can be a tough time for goalies. The crowd can be tough for them. But I’ve been lucky. I’ve a feeling they’re always behind me and that’s huge for a goalie.’’
At game’s end, before the rest of his teammates gathered near centre to salute the crowd, they waited for Kiprusoff to bask in the applause, acknowledge the adulation, alone.
Apropos, for such a singular talent.
Dave Steckel with a pop-up goal...
Steve Begin with two strange goals and Johan Franzen scores on a backhand from center ice, all wrapped up in one video below...
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
And so this is how it ends for Miikka Kiprusoff.
Ten years of exemplary service with the Calgary Flames organization all comes down to one more token start at home Wednesday night. Maybe two if his play merits one last hurrah in Friday's last Dome date of the 2012-13 NHL season.
One or two more chances for the 36-year-old to finish up the most horrid season of his career, and then he'll disappear.
By virtue of his position, a pretty good argument can be made the Finnish netminder has made an even bigger impact on the team's fortunes the last decade than Jarome Iginla.
Gelinas was right, it is ugly...
video via CBC,
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