To the surprise of virtually no one, the Calgary Flames decided Wednesday that Sean Monahan would stay with the big club beyond the nine-game trial period for rookies. At the nine-game cutoff, the sixth pick in the 2013 Draft led the team with six goals on 21 shots to go with three assists, and since goals and assists are the only way to judge a hockey player, he was not returned to the OHL’s Ottawa 67′s.
This is, of course, a very shortsighted move by the Flames that can only benefit Monahan, but could also hurt him in the long-term as well.
Judging a just-turned-19-year-old on a mere nine games isn’t easy, but the underlying numbers people either love or hate make it plain to see that Monahan is very likely to hit a wall. This has been hashed out to death, but here are some of the highlights from Monahan’s first nine games courtesy of extraskater.com: Read the rest of this entry »
At the beginning of this shortened NHL season, if I had told you that the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs would be playing a game against each other in the middle of April with serious playoff implications, you would have called me a brain dead moron and then asked me why I was rooting around in your bushes (I was using binoculars to look away from your windows, not into them, I swear).
But here we are, two weeks left in the season and The Canadiens are in first place in the Northeast division (2nd seed in the Eastern Conference) while the Leafs find themselves sitting 5th in the East.
The NHL trade deadline is just under two weeks away, but the rumors are just starting to get going. One of the bigger names expected to be on the move come April 3rd is Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, has submitted a list of four teams he would accept a trade to.
The end of hockey night in Canada: As a Habs fan, hockey day in Canada was a complete bust. The Canadiens really never kicked it into gear and were buried by an avalanche of Leaf goals. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drown my sorrows in cheap domestic beer.
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Post-Game: Roberto Luongo. The Best.
End of Game: The Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over the Calgary Flames 5-1. Canucks’ forward Jordan Schroeder was the obvious first star after notching the first two goals of his career.
Danny Taylor (Clint Trahan, Abbotsford Heat Media)
These are nervous times in Calgary. A few weeks ago, the Flames waived, then traded Henrik Karlsson, as Leland Irving out-battled him for the job to backup the incumbent Miikka Kiprusoff. This didn’t cause much of a ripple, as Kiprusoff tends to play 70+ games in a regular 82-game season; in a 48-game season, the Flames’ backup could conceivably start just 4-5 games.
Then Kiprusoff came down with an apparently minor knee injury, but one serious enough to keep him out of action for at least a couple games. And the Flames were left with one goaltender, when just one month ago they had three. The only other goaltenders in the organization were either in Junior (Brossoit), the NCAA (Gillies), Finland (Ortio), or Russia (Ramo). Heck, Brossoit and Gillies haven’t even signed entry-level deals yet and Ramo doesn’t have a contract with the Flames either.
What the Flames did have, however, was two of the best goaltenders in the AHL playing for their affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. The solution for the Flames was easy: sign one of them to a two-way deal and have him back up Irving. It would be an unfamiliar situation for both of them, however, as they had both out-battled Irving in Abbotsford. That’s right, the Flames’ backup, and current starter while Kiprusoff is out, was the third-string goalie for the Heat.
Via Kukla’s Korner this morning, comes this “Three Flames Fans” video that, as the title of this post implies, will have you rolling in the aisles, or angry by the end of it.
Most of us have read the hockey names story (you can find it here – it’s pretty filthy, so sensitive folk need not apply) – well, this is a longer version of that, using just about every team in the NHL.
As noted at KK, Jared Kesso, the gent on the left, played Don Cherry in “Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story.” Read the rest of this entry »