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Archive for August, 2011

The Flames broadcast schedule is out

31 Aug

And we’re only three weeks from pre-season, can’t you just taste it? the pre-seasons? yeah? no limits.

Anywho, the highlights of the season are this… the Crosby-less Penguins open the season here at home on Oct 8. The Winnipeg/Atlanta Jets visit Calgary on March 9. Calgary plays Toronto twice this year, which means that the Flames will be covered on TSN for at least two days this year – although they will refer to them as Toronto’s opposition.

Here is a link to the Flames’ full TV schedule this year, and for kicks here is the new Winnipeg Jets logo and jersey. I like it.

Winnipeg Jets Jersey

 

Flames trade Daymond Langkow for Lee Stempniak

29 Aug

Wait… WHAT?!?

Langkow (IF he’s healthy – which he must be or this trade won’t be allowed) will consistently give you 25 goals a season. Stempniak on the other hand will probably give you 15. Looking at this trade at first glance you kind of wonder why the Flames would give up a roster spot to lose 10 goals. So why Jay, why?

It isn’t grit – because Langkow has it and Stempniak does not. Heck Tanguay had more PIMs than Stempniak last year.

Maybe it’s because at 28, Stempniak is a full six years younger than Langkow is. So that means Langkow has a year or two left, while Stempniak has 5-6. Still, I don’t know if giving up healthy Langkow is the way to go – especially when you could bring in a young 10 goal scorer instead of an aging 15-goal guy.

Maybe the Flames felt solid at centre, trading for a right-winger in Stempniak. I mean come on… what with Olli Jokinen, Brendan Morrison, Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund. AW CRAP!

Money perhaps? Langkow makes $4.5 million/season, Stempniak is $1.9 million. Both are unrestricted free agents next summer. Okay, maybe it’s to clear up some money to sign someone hotter?

Let’s see what Feaster has to say…

“It is never easy moving a player who battles and competes such as Daymond; however, because of our depth and options at centre ice, this trade presents us with an opportunity to positively impact the organization in a number of ways,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “It makes us younger and provides an opportunity to evaluate a player who may factor into our plans for the future, it provides Brent with options as Stempniak can play either wing and can be used on both the power play and the penalty kill and it creates healthy competition among the forward group for ice time.”

There you have it, depth at centre. Liar.

I’m pretty sure Feaster was misquoted here, I think what is said was that the Flames were “in deep” when it comes to centres. 

From the Sun…

Jay Feaster cited the Flames depth where it matters most as one of the reasons he sent center Daymond Langkow to the Coyotes for winger Lee Stempniak. The Flames are going to see if Mikael Backlund can center the top line with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. The Flames also have Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen and Matt Stajan down the middle. Langkow carries a $4.5 million cap hit this year, Stempniak carries a $1.9 million hit. Niklas Hagman’s time as a Flame could be running short and he may find himself making $3 million in the AHL.

No alarms and no surprises… but does Mikael Backlund’s 10 goals make him a first-line guy? If he were in Pittsburgh, that would put him as the number 7 guy… a fourth-liner in their AHL affiliate.

 

Poor man’s Regehr? More like Regehr is an over-priced Scott Hannan

15 Aug

Hannan made $4.5M last year. This year with the Flames he will make $1M. Why the change… has he gotten that much worse in the past year? Nope. Is he too old to contribute? Nope. So why? Puck Daddy explains his theory as to why Hannan had to settle for a measly $1M with the forsaken Flames.

Now the Flames have seven defenceman on one-way contracts including Scott Hannan, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk, Chris Butler, and Brett Carson. That’s pretty much your defensive lineup for next year, not really striking fear into the hearts of other teams are they?

 
 
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