For my latest podcast, longtime Calgary Herald (now PostMedia) Flames beat writer Scott Cruickshank stopped by. One of the good guys and I'm not just saying that because he also took journalism at Mount Royal College, Scott was on the Flames beat from 2000 through last year and has seen a lot.
Now working as a columnist, the latest podcast was not only a look ahead to the upcoming NHL season but also a look back as Flames past.
- The non-glamorous side of life on the road as a Flames beat writer
- Memories of covering the 2004 Stanley Cup run
- What the Flames have in newly-signed Sean Monahan
- For contrast, a look back at how poor the Flames were at centre for two decades
- What are the expectations for Glen Gulutzan
- Recapping Brad Treliving's most impactful and most surprising move
- Will Jarome Iginla call it quits after this season
- Could Kris Russell end up back on the Flames
- Episode 4 - On August 14, Ryan Leslie from Flames TV stopped by and provided a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes with the Flames -- on the charter, etc. Other topics included who will play RW on the top line, who will benefit the most from the new coach.
- Episode 3 - On August 5, I connected with Mr. Kerr again, this time to dig into a variety of other off-season topics like the Gaudreau/Monahan contract 'stalemate', Troy Brouwer and expansion.
- Episode 2 - In the more technically-sound second episode (thanks to Rob Kerr's audio equipment) on July 19, Rob joined me as co-host and we debated the Flames season-opening roster.
- Episode 1 - In the July 11 impromptu pilot, featuring zero technology, I recapped development camp. This was was a solo effort with sub-part technology but fresh on the heels of the prospects being in town, lots of good stuff discussed.
Look for another podcast in early September as we close in on rookie camp and the return of hockey. Thanks for listening!
- Listen to that Purr: Flames Have Offensive Engine to Drive into the Post-Season - Goal production Calgary got last season from players aged 22 and under is similar to the Toews-Kane Blackhawks and Crosby-Malkin-Staal Penguins. It's a good sign. (August 25, 2016)
- ELC Graduation Day: Monahan Rewarded for Being Valedictorian of his Draft Class - In signing the most lucrative contract in team history, Monahan will get paid more than anyone in his draft class and deservingly so. It's been a remarkable start to his career. (August 20, 2016).
- On the Cusp: Wotherspoon Hopes Cautious One-Year Deal Pays Dividends - Wotherspoon himself and Craig Conroy weigh in on the new deal signed by the Flames defenceman, who hopes this season will be his breakout season. (August 16, 2016)
- FF80F Podcast: Episode 4 - Ryan Leslie Joins for Some Summer Hockey Chatter - Former Sportsnet broadcaster and current host of Flames TV, Ryan Leslie, joins me to talk some Flames. Included is a look behind the scenes at the stuff fans don't see. (August 14, 2016)
- Bad NHL Contracts and Dandelions: Difficult to Eliminate, Best Hope is to Minimize - While the Troy Brouwer contract was contentious in some circles, a look around the Pacific Division reveals that it's really not that bad and more of a necessary evil. (August 11, 2016)