Coyotes 4, Flames 2; and what’s going on with Sean Monahan?

23 Oct

The Flames once again fell behind by 2 goals, and had to fight back into this one. And they did, I’ve got to give them credit for that. But in a second game of back-to-back road games you’re certainly not doing yourself any favours by giving up two.

I hate to put the blame on Joey MacDonald, but he seemed really out of position for most of this game. Here are some pics from last night, and these are different goals.

Why you here Joey?

Why you here Joey?

Why you here Joey?

And again?

So the Flames are now 1-3 on this road trip. Which I guess is where you’d expect them to be after a trip to California and Arizona. But for all the hype around how well this team is doing they are only one point above .500, good for eleventh in the West.

The big story of today (Wednesday) is that the Flames have to make the decision on Sean Monahan. The media keep saying that he stays, but I just can’t see it. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to stay – because he does – it’s because you have to look at what’s best for the organization. And a 19-year-old Monahan on an entry level contract is worth more to the Calgary Flames than a 19-year-old sophomore Monahan and more wins in 2014 than you wanted.

Because… if Connor McDavid is as good as Sportsnet says he is, then you don’t want to meaningless-win your way out of a franchise player.

  1. Zzzzzzzzzz

    October 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Tanking it on purpose to draft McDavid is logical, strategic thinking. However, in pro sports, players and coaches don’t and can’t think that way. They are competitors and want to win, even if they suck. A GM could do his best to get a team to suck and lose, but these days that still wouldn’t guarantee you a first overall pick (just ask the Columbus GM who got fired last year).

    Detroit has been a consistent contender for a couple of decades without drafting high. Every year, they ice a hard working team with a good coaching and high compete level. Seems that’s the kind of culture and team the Flames have finally started to aspire to building. Draft and develop good team players with good character. I’ll take that approach over sucking on purpose for a chance to get the next Sid the Kid any day.

    Even Florida is trying to win this year, unless signing Tim Thomas was just a plot to destroy their dressing room. And apparently there is talk about having a winning team in Edmonton at some point too … hee hee.