I always enjoy it when one of the great teams come to town, it pumps up the guys and we often get a fun game with awesome hockey moments.
I have several past-game photos, I chose this one from a match at the Saddledome from back in 2011 on November 1st when the Canucks were in town :
It’s been a more memorable week off the ice than on for sure, as we wish to draw a kindly veil over some of the team’s action on this away trip, which includes the “..found a way to throw it to the dumpster. ” comment by straight-forward speaking Flames Coach Bob Hartley – with comments like that, and such indepth analysis I think that’s pretty much as long as the game recaps and commentary articles need to be about such games. So for the “Fun with Flames” with this week … think about Bob’s comment when you toss your left over pizza “in the dumpster” and off we go to the next round of games.
Fun Words and Phrases in the Media, Radio, TV and Tweets to keep the story exciting and alive once they really are dead: ‘Could”, “Might”, “Possibly”, “Likely”, “Potential”, …
Off the ice, with some hind-sight, the funniest comment, nobody would have known at the time of course, during all the hysteria of the Calgary Flames Offer Sheet to Ryan O’Reilly of the Avs, which was much ado about nothing initially since it was assumed the Avs weren’t going to let him go, was that there was absolutely no possible downside to it. Gleeful accolades of Jay Feaster’s brave move, especially on a game day against the Colorado Avalanche ensued for hours. Claims of knowing this would be a bold move and suggesting it to their listeners, followers for months bloviated with each broadcast. Considering there wasn’t almost a nil chance of it happening anyway, and with the new CBA in action, a little more caution probably would have been warranted. Nothing was said about it here on Fun with Flames for that reason, besides it only took 4 hours for the Avalanche to match the offer sheet. There’s no way I could have seen the firestorm coming the next day, which was mute anyway as the Avs picked him up, but one reporter with some awesome research from Chris Johnson from Sportsnet dug up some interesting details about the process that could have been understatedly detrimental to the Flames intentions. Notice, even he titled his piece “Potential Disaster” – Personally, I still don’t think we would really know the outcome of what would have happened if the Flames did have to pick up Ryan O’Reilly unless it came to that point – probably other legalities, NHL, Player Association rules/intervention would come into play that also were, are, and have not been foreseen.
Looking forward to see Danny Taylor start in goal tonight – and keeping my eye on the defense keeping an eye on him 🙂 Today’s a day to bundle up as we have one of our snowiest days for a game yet. Off to the Saddledome early tonight, and I think I’ll have a bowl of Won ton Soup at the Elbow just before to warm me up. As I’m updating the Canucks had trouble getting in last night because of our weather and at 3:00 pm in the afternoon of game day they just left Vancouver about 45 minutes ago, hoping to land here while we have very nasty weather, the Calgary Police are advising against unnecessary road travel and the Calgary Transit system is experiencing many delays – check all your sources on these before the game – some of the links are on my twitter feed – @FlamesFun