Tagged: Lindy Ruff

Out of Town Notebook: Flames’ Rebuild, Leafs’ Mixed Messages, Ovechkin’s Slump and Unfortunate Injuries 0

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...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Gauntlet and How It Relates to Head Shots 0

Out of Town Notebook: The Gauntlet and How It Relates to Head Shots

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] They called it “the Gauntlet.” I had first heard about it in my final days of Atom hockey in Ontario. It was whispered about in hushed, nervous tones, like people standing in the room with Mike Tyson during the ’80s. Next year was the start of Peewee hockey (ages 11-12). To play Peewee hockey meant running the Gauntlet. What was the Gauntlet? Near the start of the season a team would line up, single file, from the blueline...

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