Brian Costello, for the hockey news

Six reasons to smile

There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful even though it appears the sky is falling in on the Flames with two games left on their seven-game road trip.It started out great with a win over Ottawa, the acquisition of Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold, then a convincing road win in Philadelphia. But...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 9:57 AM

Three ways to help the Flames

The Flames will be buyers leading up to the NHL trading deadline next month. The big question is will they be in the one-item express checkout or will they have to line up with the rest of the scrambling Cup contending teams and pay big bucks for questionable return.The Flames have played...

Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:52 AM

Keenan deserves credit

When the Flames struggled through a middling 2007-08 season and lost to San Jose in the first round, I wrote that GM Darryl Sutter should fire coach Mike Keenan.It was based on a number of reasons. With Keenan behind the bench, the Flames didn’t show any improvement during the season (two fewer...

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:07 AM

Promotion of Boyd to top line makes sense

It’s nice to see the Calgary Flames give Dustin Boyd another chance on the top line with Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri. For a couple of reasons.First, it gives a 22-year-old blossoming player the opportunity to experience the game first-hand at the fastest and most intense level he has seen....

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 9:45 AM

Should Cammalleri play the market these days?

Memo to Mike Cammalleri: Don’t dismiss suggestion to discuss contract extension even though we’re in the middle of the season. If Henrik Zetterberg thinks it’s a good idea, maybe it is for you too.Conventional wisdom among soon-to-be unrestricted free agents has always been to wait until the July 1...

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 9:34 AM

Fresh Kipper needed come playoff time

The notion has been floated that Miikka Kiprusoff is on target to break the NHL record of 48 wins in a season. While it’s true he’s on pace for 50, getting there would be detrimental to the long-term health of the Flames season.Very few goalies have been able to play 75-plus games in a season and...

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 9:43 AM

Regehr clearly outplaying Phaneuf

The best defenceman for the Calgary Flames is a treat to watch. He’s exceptional in his own end, takes the body with consistent efficiency and commands great respect in the dressing room and around the league.Maybe one day they’ll make him the cover boy for a video game.We’re talking Robyn Regehr...

Friday, January 16, 2009, 9:31 AM

Flames poised for moving day

The first two days of a golf tournament are spent getting accustomed to the course and to narrow the field in half. The third day, in PGA lingo, is called moving day. That’s when the contenders make a surge to the first page of the leaderboard.The same can be said for the Flames this season. The...

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 7:10 AM