Battle of Alberta is too one-sided
You have to be in your mid-30s, possibly older, to have any real recollection of The Battle of Alberta in all its glory.
It was that long ago when Calgary and Edmonton played meaningful and, frankly, wonderfully intense hockey. They played playoff rounds in 1983 and ’84, then again in ’86, ’89 and ’91. And over the past 26 years, nothing. The NHL season began on Wednesday night with a Calgary-Edmonton matchup with none of the grit or spark of what once was. What we witnessed was a coronation of sorts — this is who Connor McDavid is, what he is going to be, and the theme being just try to stop him.
The Flames probably can’t. What made the hockey so great back in the day wasn’t just what Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey did on any one night, it was what Lanny McDonald or Al MacInnis or Joey Mullen managed in return. It was Hall of Famers vs. Hall of Famers.
The Flames will have to go back in their history now and find a way to stop McDavid, the way they found a way to compete with Gretzky.
The Flames have little chance of stopping Connor McDavid.