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Voice behind the written words. Contributor to The Canadian Press for 25+ years, freelancing on the side. Longtime journo, first-time podcaster here to share insight and perspectives on the Calgary Flames. But not too serious, it's just hockey.

Voice behind the written words. Contributor to The Canadian Press for 25+ years, freelancing on the side. Longtime journo, first-time podcaster here to share insight and perspectives on the Calgary Flames. But not too serious, it's just hockey.




Voice behind the written words. Contributor to The Canadian Press for 25+ years, freelancing on the side. Longtime journo, first-time podcaster here to share insight and perspectives on the Calgary Flames. But not too serious, it's just hockey.




FF80F Podcast - Episode 20 - 10 07 2017

As we begin the 2017-18 NHL season, Sportsnet960's Pat Steinberg stopped by for his first appearance on the podcast. After explaining how he got into sports radio (nerd alert), we looked at the Calgary Flames line-up and where Jaromir Jagr fits, we talked bold predictions and over-unders for the season, we looked at what if scenarios when injuries inevitably strike and we finished off with some listener Q&A.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 19 - 09 03 2017

With rookie camp a week away and main camp after that, PostMedia Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson was my guest as we examined a few noteworthy topics. We looked back on Glen Gulutzan's rookie season as head coach, the turnaround the team made and what to expect in 2017-18. We also spent a lot of time talking about Penticton, what we've learned in the past, storylines and who to watch this year. We wrap up with a bunch of great listener questions.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 18 - 08 20 2017

Less than a month away from rookie camp, TSN's Jermain Franklin stopped by the studio to talk Flames and the 2017-18 season. We examined how the Battle of Alberta is stacking up, we debated the team's three most important players, we looked at the training camp battles we're most interested in and we conjured up our own plan 'B' line combinations. We wrapped up with listener questions.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 17 - 08 06 2017

It's that time of the summer where I update my rankings and release a new list of the Top 20 Calgary Flames prospects. Joining me as we walk through the list beginning with the honourable mentions and winding towards No. 1 is Aaron Vickers, Calgary correspondent for NHL.com and managing editor of Future Considerations.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 16 - 07 29 2017

The summer podcast series continues with PostMedia's Kristen Odland joining in to talk about the Calgary Flames off-season. We assess the GM's moves made so far, look ahead to what the opening night roster might look like, debate if the Flames are legit 'contenders' and contemplate what could go wrong. We also answer a bunch of listener questions.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 15 - 07 16 2017

Fresh on the heels of the Flames 2017 Development Camp, Sportsnet 960's Rob Kerr joined Darren Haynes as co-host where the talk was all about Calgary's prospects. Topics included Spencer Foo, Emile Poirier and we went over the depth charts at forward, defence and goaltender. We wrapped up by answering a bunch of listener questions.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 14 - 06 19 2017

For a look-ahead to the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a discussion of other Flames off-season topics, I'm joined by Aaron Vickers of NHL.com and draft publication Future Considerations. Topics include how their rankings come together, how the top of the draft may unfold and who the fits might be for Calgary. We also review how Brad Treliving has fared in his first three years of drafting before closing off by answering listener questions.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 13 - 03 19 2017

With the Flames on a roll, 12-1-1 in their last 14, PostMedia beat writer Wes Gilbertson is my guest as we talk about how Calgary got to where they are today -- the roller-coaster ride it has been -- who have been the surprises so far and who could still make an impact moving forward, and who would be the best/worst match-ups in the post-season.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 12 - 02 11 2017

Just back from chasing the Flames across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and with Calgary on its bye week, PostMedia's Kristen Odland is my guest. In addition to tales from the road trip, we discuss Dennis Wideman, the looming trade deadline, how the expansion draft might impact Calgary and my new mid-season Top 20 Flames Prospects rankings. We close with a mailbag.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 11 - 01 30 2017

Flames radio colour commentator Peter Loubardias stopped by as my guest and we dug into a variety of topics including first-year coach Glen Gulutzan and what we've learned so far, the struggles of Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau, could tiny prospect Matthew Phillips one day make the NHL, and the evolution of the NHL's fourth line and where it is headed. We finished off by answering reader questions.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 10 - 12 22 2016

Stopping by to talk about Calgary's prospects at the World Juniors is Aaron Vickers from NHL.com, who is also the brains behind prospect website/publication Future Considerations. Tapping into Aaron's expertise, we also re-visited the last few NHL drafts and assess how Calgary has done. We close off by answering some listener questions about the current goings-on with the Flames.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 9 - 12 05 2016

TSN Calgary correspondent Jermain Franklin joins host Darren Haynes to talk about life working for The Sports Network, the latest goings-on with the Calgary Flames including Chad Johnson, the team's recent resurgence, as well as surprises and disappointments so far. We finish off with a listener mail bag.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 8 - 11 12 2016

Postmedia Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson stops in to chat with Darren Haynes about a season that continues to be a disappointment for the Calgary Flames. Topics include the heat on coach Glen Gulutzan, the struggling special teams, the Nicklas Grossmann experiment and the Pacific Division. Some listener questions are also answered.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 7 - 10 30 2016

Postmedia Flames beat writer Kristen Odland joins host Darren Haynes in a recap of all things Calgary Flames. Nearing the three-week mark of the regular season, it's been a roller-coaster season so far. Topics we get after include Glen Gulutzan's unique coaching methods, individual performances so far and what the plan is for Matthew Tkachuk.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 6 - 09 21 2016

Come for the content, stay despite the audio quality (due to technical difficulties). On location in Penticton, Ryan Leslie stopped in to join Darren Haynes in a discussion about Flames prospects. We get in-depth on Matthew Tkachuk, not just what we saw on the ice but more about him off the ice. We also look at others that impressed and debate who disappointed.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 5 - 08 28 2016

Longtime PostMedia Flames beat writer -- turned columnist -- Scott Cruickshank joins Darren Haynes as co-host. He talks about life on the road when you're covering the team full-time. We also discuss the Sean Monahan signing and the two-decade void he fills, expectations for Glen Gulutzan and assess the off-season for Brad Treliving. Oh, and we debate if 2016-17 will be Jarome Iginla's final season.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 4 - 08 14 2016

In episode 4, Ryan Leslie from Flames TV joins me. He talks about his unique vantage point on the team. We also debate other topics including who will play RW on the top line, who might benefit the most from the new coach and vice versa, what is the one that could go very wrong and who is the top candidate to be named alternate captain to replace Kris Russell.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 3 - 08 05 2016

In episode 3, Rob Kerr and I tackle a number of Flames off-season topics including why Gaudreau and Monahan remain unsigned, what would a Flyers trade proposal for Gaudreau look like, expansion, conflicting opinions on my top 20 Flames prospects and the contentious Troy Brouwer signing. Oh, and we talk about life working at a video store and the challenges associated with 'adult' movies.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 2 - 07 19 2016

While it may only be July, co-hosts Darren Haynes and Rob Kerr contemplate what the Flames line-up will look like come Oct. 12 when Calgary opens the regular season in Edmonton. Disagree all you want with our thought process, surely you'll agree that the sound is far better in this edition.


FF80F Podcast - Episode 1 - 07 11 2016

In the pilot episode and with no real technology at my fingertips, I fired out a solo podcast in which I recapped Flames development camp. Don't worry, the audio does get better in future episodes.