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First round second look

Now that 48 hours or so have passed since the conclusion of the first round, a few observations and remarks. • There has been much pleading for cooler heads to prevail in D.C. in the wake of the Washington Capitals’ collapse against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference’s 1-8 matchup. On the other hand,…

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Live blog: Swap shop ’10

The Calgary Flames got the jump on the National Hockey League’s annual clearout sale by making a couple of major deals before the Olympic break. What will Darryl Sutter be up to today, if anything? Join us throughout the day for news and views (and perhaps the odd irreverent comment) about the 2010 trade deadline.

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Ouch

Here’s a wisecrack from a disgruntled fan Friday night: Q: What does the Calgary hockey club have in common with the botched cauldron-lighting ceremony in Vancouver? A: It’s five Flames standing around not knowing what to do.

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And the winners are . . .

Typically, the first thing we try to do in the monthly Northwest Division Awards is determine which of the group’s Canadian entries has been the best over the past 30 or 31 days.

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And the winners are . . .

In October, each of Western Canada’s three National Hockey League entries recorded seven victories. In November, however, it was no contest. While the Flames took over top spot in the Northwest Division with 10 November wins (eight of them coming on the road), the Canucks went 7-5 while the Oilers lost 10 games (seven in…

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The wide-open West?

Here’s a question for the new week: As we close in on the quarter-pole of the 2009-10 National Hockey League campaign, what Western Conference team scares you? And by scare, we mean what outfit creates genuine spine-chilling, blood-curdling, bowel-evacuating fear?

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And the winners are…

Funny how the Flames escaped what for them has recently been the gruesome month of October with a fairly health 7-4-1 record and yet there are as many concerns and questions about the hockey club as ever. Meanwhile, up in Edmonton, illness and a weird pattern of scoring either a lot or not at all…

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Northwest is best (for now)

We’re in that tweener stage of a new season. It’s late enough that the TV-sports dullards have stopped making those “Joe Left-wing is on pace for a 246-goal season” comments but not yet far enough along in the campaign to stop questioning such phenomena as whether a coaching change is really all that was needed…

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Honest, it’s almost hockey season

On the eve of the month when business finally picks up in the NHL, let’s bid farewell to a few topics that determined fans will now be able to forget about and concentrate on more important matters. You know, things like the No. 1 defence pairing in Abbotsford, Liam Reddox’s potential linemates and the over-under for the…

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Cancel Tanguay’s pogey!

Well, in a surprisingly busy late-August Friday on the National Hockey League transaction wire, ex-Flame Alex Tanguay has finally found work and the Vancouver Canucks look like they’re serious about not running out of defencemen this coming season after seeing their blueline take a pounding over the past couple of winters. Friday’s movement brings up…

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More fodder for hatred of the East

Western Canadian hockey fans, commence grumbling. There’s really nothing all that surprising about the TSN broadcast schedule released Wednesday but for those who enjoy complaining about Eastern bias and taking potshots at the so-called Centre of the Universe, you’ve been well served. The Flames, Oilers and Canucks will all make 11 appearances on either TSN…