Saturday, November 12, 2016

FF80F Podcast: Episode 8 - Reporter Wes Gilbertson Stops in to Discuss the Flames Woes

Fire the coach, start over with the special teams... all those refrains are out there from frustrated Flames fans as for the second season in a row, Calgary has gotten off to a slow start.

On Friday morning, after the latest loss, a 4-2 decision to the Dallas Stars, PostMedia beat writer Wes Gilbertson joined me in the Saddledome press box, aka makeshift sound studio, and we tackled the topics that have fans fuming.

Topics Broached
  • Glen Gulutzan, what he's going through and his future in question
  • What ails the special teams and how to snap out of it
  • Reflecting on the Nicklas Grossmann experiment 
  • The Pacific Division and are playoff chances realistic
  • We also answered these reader/listener questions submitted to Facebook

Options to Download/Listen

You will be able to download Flames at 80 Decibels from all your favourite websites soon, 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 all yet, check them out:
  • Episode 7 - On Oct. 30, Kristen Odland from PostMedia stopped by and we looked back on a roller-coaster month of October. We also discussed Glen Gulutzan's unique coaching methods.
  • Episode 6 - On Sept. 20, before leaving the rookie tournament in Penticton, Ryan Leslie from Flames TV stopped by and we discussed which prospects stood out and  also who didn't. Includes some great insight into who Matthew Tkachuk is off the ice and his background.
  • Episode 5 - On August 28, PostMedia sportswriter and longtime Flames beat reporter Scott Cruickshank stopped by to look ahead to the season as well as reminisce about the 2004 Stanley Cup run and what it was like to cover that series both home and away. 
  • 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.

We'll have another podcast out later in November. Will the outlook be brighter or will the skies still be cloudy. We'll have to see. Thanks for listening

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