Hey there Tia,
It's been quite a while. How's it been going at your end?
I just wanted to let you know that I am back to writing about the Flames here at Bleacher Report, and am now serving as their Featured Columnist at NHL.com. With that, I should be publishing new stuff about three times a week, so if you're still following the team feel free to drop by for some Flames/hockey talk.
Take it easy,
How's it going, Tia? Stoked for 2008-09 yet?
Here's a quick Flames update, as the team played their first preseason game two nights ago:
Flames Preseason Game #1: FLA (3) @ CAL(2).
After a scoreless first period, the Panthers took a one goal lead early in the second when LW David Booth scored. Calgary would respond with an impressively offensive 25 minutes of play, going ahead 2-1 on goals from Dustin Boyd and Jarome Iginla.
At 10:14 of the 3rd, Florida tied it up on an Rostislav Olesz, and Jay Bowmeester locked the win with a marker five minutes before the buzzer. The Flames showed bursts of offensive and defensive flair, but the plays which reslted in goals were slipshod, such as scrambles for pucks behind their net. Despite this, Curtis McElhinney looked solidly positioned most of the night. Both sides allowed penalties, but only Calgary was able to convert with the man advantage.
Molson 3 Stars:
* 1st-CAL #41 Dustin Boyd (1G-1A)
** 2nd-FLA #4 Jay Bowmeester (1G, GW)
*** 3rd-CAL #45 Jaimie Lundmark (1A)
Shots: CAL - 26, FLA - 25
Newcomers John Negrin and Mikael Backlund looked relatively comfortable. Started off slow and sloppy, but evolved into a fairly intense "meaningless" game.
Last year's opener was a 3-0 loss to Florida...at least there's some improvement! Tomorrow they play in Phoenix, and they'll have another crack at the Panthers again in Florida this week.
Feel free to contact M if you have any questions or comments for the Flames page. Also, check the Flames page and M's archive regularly for more Calgary Flames and NHL Northwest updates. Take care and enjoy the season.
Thanks so much again for all the Picks, Tia, not to mention the viewership and comments. Anything that you are really excited about for the upcoming season? Will you be keeping an eye on both the Habs and Flames? Anyway, enjoy the games!
Actually, I'm not a Sharks fan... hard-core Flames! But I love hockey overall first and the team second, and try to keep up with as much of the League as possible. Besides, I hope the Shark info is helpful for Flames fans and wanted to get it out there.
Thanks again for the comments and picks! Go Flames Go!
Oh, and I'll look at Montreal later too. Happy playoffs!
Thanks for the awesome feedback! I know what you mean about a good hockey match inspiring an appreciation for both teams. It would be a great rematch!
I will be trying to cover as much of the playoffs as possible and can't wait. There's nothing more exciting than having your team in the running, so I will be focusing on the Flames the most but will try to cover other teams too.
Looks like you'll be cheering red-mile-style, so see you out on the boards. Welcome to Bleacher Report and thanks again for looking me up!