Just as general manager Brad Treliving didn’t blame goaltending for all of the Calgary Flames’ problems last season, he won’t anoint new goalies Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson as saviors this season. “We have to clean up things as a group,” Treliving said. “I don’t believe you hang it on one, two, three individuals. Our inability to keep the puck out of our net was obviously our downfall. It’s a group that shares in that. So what we do in front of our goaltenders is as important as our goaltenders this season.” This offseason Treliving changed up his goaltending, signed rugged forward Troy Brouwer and drafted Keith Tkachuk’s son, Matthew. These additions have made the Flames one of the most improved
Defenseman Erik Gudbranson talks about his trade from the Florida Panthers to the Vancouver Canucks following a strenuous workout at the South Florida Hockey Academy in Lighthouse Point.
Don’t be surprised if some fans attending Saturday’s Indy Lights race or Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix at the Glen, both at Watkins Glen International, wear jerseys or jackets of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres’ beloved national anthem singer, Doug Allen, will sing both the Canadian and American Anthems prior to the start of both of this weekend’s races. Known as “Anthem Guy,” Allen has gotten Sabres fans fired up before home games for over 20 years by singing “O Canada” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Allen is also known for his charitable side, serving as Facilities Coordinator for the Buffalo City Mission and Worship director at his church, Fellowship Wesleyan Church in West