Hot Coals for Thurs

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 26: Head coach Brent Sutter is his usual self beaming love and joy into the universe as he says pull my finger to the ref. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

The Flames knocked off a relatively solid win against the Avs to get back to ankle deep in the hole instead of knee deep. This slow start in the month of Oct is a larger concern than most are recognizing.

Why? The schedule in Oct, excluding the season opener against the Penguins, has been much softer than it will be in Nov with the Canucks, Red Wings, Sabres and Blackhawks all on the scorecard. 

The Flames have played better than their record imo and probably should be 4-2-2 at this point but the fact is they are 3-4-1 and staring up from the basement with the Jackets and Preds. 

  • The over-flowing roster and the game day choice of Derek Smith or Anton Babchuk (Calgary Herald)
  • New Home for the Flames coming? (Calgary Herald)
  • Avs game summary (Yahoo)
  • Pittsburgh gets the 2012 draft (NHL)
  • Little technical info on NHL rules on the Rene Bourque / Olli Jokinen EN goal last night. (TSN)
  • Taylor Hall had his Twitter account hacked and the first clue was that he insulted Oiler fans and said he was going to the Flames (Puck Daddy) Yeah right, as if the Flames want Hall, that is your give away, now RNH, different story.
  • Kyle Turris trade rumors? Yawn - I don't know what is wrong with Bourque, Stajan and Hagman for Turris and a pick ; ) - oh right, the Yotes don't want to spend a penny over the Cap floor. (Yahoo)
  • Evander Kane requests a trade? (Canoe) Rumor, rumor, rumor, it is just so early in the season for all these rumors. 
  • Reps from the Flames meet with other teams and NHL VP Bill Daly to request consideration for a Western AHL League (TSN)
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