CALGARY - Guaranteed, the only phrase you heard more at the office Monday than “How was your weekend,” was “I think the Flames are going to be better than we thought.”
It’s a part of a phenomenon few anticipated occurring before Christmas, let alone three games in.
It’s called The Big Buy-In.
Early signs indicate the players have clearly bought in to Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley’s blue-collar blueprint, helping a team full of second- and third-liners win four of six points thus far.
In turn, the fans have instantly fallen in love with a team not just because it has been wildly entertaining so far, but because the players appear to care. They play hard at both ends of the ice as part of a tenacious gameplan the city hasn’t seen since the Sea of Red was born almost a decade earlier.