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Eliotte Friedman joined Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 and discussed the Calgary/Vancouver game on Saturday night.
Friedman also had a few things to say about the recent Peter Gammons tweet about the NHL.
Friedman also talked Wings and he is nos so sure if the team in Detroit will ever get healthy again this season.
You can listen to the full interview here.
“My guess is there will be a lot of compression between the Olympics and March 5 (trade-deadline day). It’s going to bunch up, and it will be a frantic time for all the teams. If you’re shedding and moving UFAs, you’re probably better off waiting, because it always compresses in that last week. My prediction, if we are moving UFAs, is that that time will be very stressful.”
-Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames. More on Burke's trade plans from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So there was Vancouver Canucks’ coach John Tortorella, who’d more or less been on his best behavior all season, trying to get to the Calgary Flames’ dressing room after the a brawl-filled first period to challenge … who? Bob Hartley, the Flames coach? Probably. It wouldn't have made any sense to go after Brian McGrattan, who’d duked it out with the Canucks’ Tom Sestito during a 1970s style line brawl that broke out two seconds into Saturday night’s game between the Pacific Division rivals and conjured up images of three guys wearing funny glasses, talking about old-time hockey.
Yes, Slapshot - an updated 2014 version - was on the tube again Saturday night, the last act of Hockey Night In Canada’s endless day-long broadcast. If you went to bed at a reasonable hour, here’s what you missed:
Below, watch the full 6 minute segment of Inside the Game on HNIC, which appeared after the first period of the Flames.Canucks game..
Also below, watch Bob Hartley post-game.
Puck drops, then....
00:02 Calgary Ladislav Smid: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Kevin Bieksa: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Brian Mcgrattan: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Tom Sestito: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Blair Jones: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Dale Weise: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Chris Butler: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Jason Garrison: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Kellan Lain: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Kevin Westgarth: 2 minutes, roughing
00:02 Calgary Kevin Westgarth: 5 minutes, fighting
added 10:39pm, Line brawl video is below...
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“I hate losing — that’s never going to change,” Burke told the Calgary Sun on Friday, ending nearly a month of silence.
“It’s not acceptable. We’re not getting the job done, and players know it’s not acceptable. The way it manifests itself is I don’t sleep. So I haven’t slept much.”
“But,” added Burke, the Flames president of hockey operations, “I’ve been through this before.”...
“The coaching staff isn’t going anywhere — I think they’re doing a fine job,” said Burke, sticking to his Dec. 12 promise made the day he fired GM Jay Feaster.
“We’re still having trouble scoring goals and keeping them out of our net. And we’re small. But there are two building blocks I see — that the work ethic matches or exceeds opponents’ and that we stay in the system.
“We’re doing both things. We can’t get to the next level without doing those two things first.”
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Remember back at the start of the season, when the Calgary Flames were a plucky team that scrapped for every puck despite being overpowered in all aspects of the game? Yeah, Flames fans probably don’t, either.
If Calgarians have a case of collective amnesia, it’s likely because they’ve been so horrified by watching their team on home ice. Everybody knew it was going to be a long year for the Flames, but Southern Alberta’s boys have now dropped seven straight at home, scoring a woeful four goals during that stretch. Even at the height of the Dead Puck Era, 0.57 goals per game won’t get you many victories. Taking it a step further, Thursday night’s 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets means Calgary hasn’t posted a regulation win in its own barn since Dec. 4, when the stores were just starting to strike up the Christmas carols.
from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com,
Giordano was carrying the puck up the boards near center ice when Bortuzzo stepped up and delivered a crushing blow to the Flames captain. Giordano took several minutes to get back to his feet as a scrum ensued. Bortuzzo was assessed a match penalty on the play.
"It's right there," Crosby said. "I'm not sure if he catches his shoulder or head. I've seen [Bortuzzo] step up a lot like that. The way he hits, it looks bad. He's a good guy. He gets low when he hits.
"I didn't see if there was exactly contact to the head or not. We saw a quick replay. It's hard to tell. Obviously the officials are well aware to try to get those hits out of the game, but that's a tough one to tell when it's that quick and two guys are coming that quickly together."
more on the game and watch the hit below...
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
... ever since Christmas, the Flames, with a nod to NFL coach Dennis Green, “are what we thought they were.”
It’s no knock on the current cast of characters caught in the state of flux the Flames will likely find themselves over the next two or three years. There’s just not enough talent in there to mount a serious threat unless a perfect storm of exemplary effort, execution and fortuitous bounces combine to shock an opponent.
It’s only happened 15 times the first 44 games, and you can bet the farm it’ll happen plenty less over the balance of the schedule, as Brian Burke — or whoever is running this ship — starts piecing off assets of any value for young prospects and/or draft picks.
Gone before March 5 are bound to be a bevy of pending unrestricted free agents sent packing, such as Michael Cammalleri, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak and Chris Butler — and maybe even Dennis Wideman if the Flames can find someone who will take his costly contract off their hands.
The aforementioned five are a combined minus-83, and every day they remain Flames, their stock takes another hit on the open market.
Tough to figure out exactly who the kids on the club are expected to learn from at times like these when a malaise has set in for players, coaches and the poor fans who are so disheartened they don’t even boo this beleaguered bunch anymore.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
They’ve lost four straight, all on home ice, three by shutout, and are colder’n a mother-in-law’s kiss in front of the goal.
And yet taken as a 41-game block, so far, halfway through the long-anticipated, now-sobering “rebuild” season, the Calgary Flames, given everyone’s subterranean expectations, could actually be considered something of a mildly pleasant surprise.
Nothing to pop a bottle of vintage Moet Chandon over certainly. Or enough to make anyone actually buy into that noisy PR rhetoric about “fast-tracking” the competitive progression.
But hey, could be worse. Could be Edmonton.
As the second half of the season opens Monday night at the Pepsi Center against Patrick Roy’s prodigious, precocious Colorado Avalanche, though, these against-all-odds Flames appear to have reached an exceedingly dangerous time within a uniquely delicate moment:
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