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Out of Town Notebook: Flames’ Rebuild, Leafs’ Mixed Messages, Ovechkin’s Slump and Unfortunate Injuries

Out of Town Notebook: Flames’ Rebuild, Leafs’ Mixed Messages, Ovechkin’s Slump and Unfortunate Injuries

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: Calgary Herald So just how big a project is rebuilding the Calgary Flames? Countless articles and endless minutes of media coverage in Canada over the holidays talked about how Darryl Sutter left this team without the young or tradeable assets necessary to build hope for a better future. The bar is being set incredibly low for Jay Feaster. Basically, if he makes a couple of trades for draft picks at the deadline, columnists will award him...

Out of Town Notebook: Franchise Relocation, Franchise Values, Injury Talk and Coaching Woes

Out of Town Notebook: Franchise Relocation, Franchise Values, Injury Talk and Coaching Woes

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: rds.ca The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Edmonton Oilers. After almost two decades of uncertain ownership, Daryl Katz’s purchase of the team in 2008 was supposed to solidify their roots for a generation, if not longer. In Katz, Oiler fans saw the embodiment of their dream owner – a life-long fan with the deep pockets to keep the team in Edmonton, and with the desire to ice a perennial winner....

Renewing the Rivalry

Renewing the Rivalry

There seems to be a misconception that the Canucks/Flames rivalry just isn’t what it used to be. When you consider that the Canucks are widely-considered to be a Stanley Cup contender and the Flames aren’t expected to battle the Edmonton Oilers for the Western Conference basement, there may be some truth to that. And then you see the Canucks sitting in 3rd in the Western Conference standings and the Flames sitting in 14th, and you can’t help but think that the Flames are one team should have no problem beating tonight. But look closer. As of this morning, only 5...

Out of Town Notebook: Salary Cap Woes, Long Shifts and Worried Fanbases

Out of Town Notebook: Salary Cap Woes, Long Shifts and Worried Fanbases

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: nj.com Steve Simmons wrote earlier this week that the salary cap was hurting the league’s best players by forcing them play with AHL-level grinders. Noting how the cap has forced the New Jersey Devils to play with 15, 16 players, Dave Hodge argues in his latest Hodgemail that the salary cap should be abolished. Even before the season started, hockey writers were using the salary cap to suggest dynasties aren’t possible in today’s era. Just so...

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