Monthly Archives: October 2010

One More Chance to Catch Fire

Its been an interesting last year and a half for the Calgary Flames. The team had high hopes last year with a big time, big money defence and a still very strong nucleus of players to compete for the Stanley Cup. It obviously did not work out that way. The team missed the playoffs, tore apart their big name D, and have revamped their team over the last few months in somewhat odd fashion getting rid of the old, bringing in the new, and bringing back the old again.

Brendan Morrison to the rescue

The injury-ravaged Calgary Flames have bolstered their line-up by signing a former playmate of the Sedin twins.

Brendan Morrison signed on with the Flames a day fter failing to make the Canucks on a professional tryout. General manager Mike Gillis offered Morrison a two-way deal in Vancouver, but the 35-year-old wanted the security of a one-way deal.

Brendan Morrison released by Canucks

Vancouver Canucks Brendan Morrison yells to teammates vs Anaheim Ducks in NHL pre-season hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B. C., September 25, 2010

Sens Show Signs Of Promise

There is a sense of optimism in Ottawa and the Senators. The team has rebounded nicely after some difficult times since their cup appearance in 2007. Since then, the team has had problems on and off the ice, suffered significant personnel losses and had too much turnover behind the bench.

But after last season, there seems to be a sense of stability. There were no coaching changes last year after 2 seasons and 4 different coaches were used between 2008-2009. The team has rid itself of most of the distractions and last season had a relatively quiet season on that front once the season began.

Canucks Ready To Challenge For Cup

The Vancouver Canucks have big plans and big expectations for this coming season. After two straight demoralizing endings to the season, the Canucks are looking to break through and finally deliver on the hype.

The Canucks are one of the early favorites for the Stanley Cup. But they obviously have a ways to go after their performances in the last two playoffs. The team was very much schooled by the eventual Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks in the last two conference semi-finals and for some reason were outplayed and outmatched at every turn in both 2009 and 2010.

That may change this season. The Hawks are a completely different team, and like many of the other past champions like Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit, a series of losing was first felt before success came. The team is now hoping that this learning experience and tastes of bitter defeat will be something they can build on and help them get over the hump.

Rangers Must Solve Offensive Woes

In New York, expectations are always high for their sports teams. Its no different for the Rangers. However, meeting those expectations is easier said than done. The team missed out on the last day of the season, losing a playoff spot in a shootout.

While it seems that the team is close, the team is not close to really accomplishing anything. The roster is not much better it seems than previous Ranger outfits in recent years who have not gone past the 2nd round. And, the summer really did not make the team all that different from the one that failed to make the playoffs last year.

All they have is a front line goalie and some other very good pieces here and there. But they don’t quite have a team and until they can build one, the team may find itself stuck in neutral.

Blues Turn To Youth

The time is now for this young St Louis Blues team to step up their game and show their potential. Since the lockout, the team has been building up a large core of good young talent. Some of it was due to their financial situation and how they were no longer capable of playing in the big market. Another reason was that they simply needed to get younger.

But it has been a few years now and now is the time for some of these good young players to step up. Gone are veterans like Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya. Thus, the opportunity is there for these kids to deliver as it will be them in the spotlight this year. Armed with a true number 1 goalie, things appear to be looking up.