Sunday, August 28, 2016

FF80F Podcast: Episode 5 - Cruickshank Joins Haynes for a Look Both Ahead and Back

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.

Topics Broached
  • 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

Options to Download/Listen

You should now be able to download Flames at 80 Decibels from all your favourite websites as well as through your regular podcast player or app. Here are a few of the more popular links to where you can download the latest episode:
Catching up On What You've Missed

The good news about summer podcasts is for the most part, they're all still very much relevant. After all, there hasn't been much Flames news lately. So if you haven't heard them yet and find yourself heading out on vacation and needing something to listen to, download the whole series. Here are links to summaries of what you'll find on each of the first four episodes:
  • 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!

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  1. Words wouldn't describe how mad I'd be if Kris Russell ended up back on the Flames. The fact he hasn't signed with another team by now speaks volumes. He's just not that great and I'd much rather see a spot open up for one of the younger players in the system.

    1. I wouldn't say it's probable but it's possible. Teams always like veteran D depth and if they legitimately think there is a window to make the playoffs and maybe surprise some teams, I can see them bringing him back on a cheap ticket -- if he'd agree to such a thing. The latter is up for debate though. So I hear you, but again, I'm not the GM and I know in the front office, the player is more revered than he is externally in those large pockets of fans that share your perspective instead.

    2. It actually has less to do with Russell and more to do with the other three boat anchors the Flames are currently dealing with on the back end. If they were gone, sure, bring Russell back and put him out on the ice as a third pairing d-man, where he could play within his limits.

  2. You guys totally forgot to name drop Matthew Lombardi :(

  3. I know. Meant to acknowledge the handful of depth centers drafted and developed over that period -- Lombardi, German Titov (although mostly a winger), Clarke Wilm, Blair Betts and Dustin Boyd, but alas never squeezed that in. A shame.

  4. Thanks for the new post. An interesting guest this week. It is fun for me to here from some of the other voices in the background. We as fans get so mired in all the day to day stories that come from the media, and all the speculation, and it is a bit of a different perspective to hear from someone who is admittedly not "invested" in the team, but who covers them as a profession. I have enjoyed all of the podcasts and I hope you will keep them coming...