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Flames 4, Islanders 2

07 Feb

This was a game Calgary had no business winning. New York clearly outplayed the entire team with the exception of one guy – Reto Barra. I’ve been harsh on Berra before, like Vernon he always seems to let in a real softie when you need him to just stay in position, but last night’s win was all because of him.

Well Backlund didn’t play too shabby either. Mikael Backlund added an empty-netter for another two-point effort — his fifth in a six-game span. We found out today that Mikael will not replace one of the Sedin sisters on the Swedish Olympic team.  That was just a Swedish reporters ‘what if’ scenario. The Swedes officially named Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals as Sedin’s fill-in at the five-ring circus.

 

Oh no! four more years of Matt Stajan?!?

21 Jan

The bar’s been set, the Flames are paying $3.1M/year for third liners. That’s the kind of money it’s going to take to keep a veteran in the City during a rebuild. Reading into this further, does this mean that everyone (except for Monahan of course) is potential trade bait?

At the beginning of the year you would have never though that names like Glencross and Giordano were candidates for finding rebuilding assets. But with Stajan sticking around for four years, how many veteran leaders do you really need on a team? And wait… when did Stajan become one of those?

If it were up to me, and I just want to assure you that it isn’t, I’d trade Hudler (you’ve got him under a very attractive contract, $4M/year for two more years), Stempniak and Cammalleri right off the bat. Both Stempniak and Cammalleri are UFAs at the end of the year so they’ll be gone one way or the other anyway.

Galiardi and David Jones both should go. Galiardi is an RFA at the end of the year. Jones’ $4M contract is going to make it hard to move him, so that one may be difficult. Who ever decided on $4M for Jones? Holy moly.

Butler, Russell, and Smid are all good as gone. Butler and Russel are UFAs anyway, so we’re losing them at the end of the year (probably).

So what about Ramo and Berra? They’ve shown they can be serviceable backups, but you can always find a goalie when you need one. Right now, we don’t need one. So keep them, trade them, doesn’t matter.

So who do you keep? Obviously Monahan. But I think Backlund has shown that he can be the second-line centre we all hoped he would be.  Wideman isn’t likely going anywhere, and I’m okay with that. Brodie should stay, he’s y0ung and has potential – isn’t that what we’re after?

That leaves captain Giordano. I’d really like to keep him, he’s a great defenceman and has proven to be a great leader as well. So I say keep him, but if the right offer were to come up, then the changing of the guard begins… again.

 

So what’s Miikka Kiprusoff going to do now?

14 May

We were all expecting a couple weeks to go by and Kipper to come out and announce that he will/will not be back with the Flames in September. The last we heard was from Flames sage Curtis Glencross who expects him not to come back. I’m sure that if he does decide to retire, it’ll be through Finland’s media and we’ll find out about it from *shutter* Eric Francis who seems to follow everyone on Twitter. Except me for some reason. He probably can’t find my follow button.

So what can we do in the meantime? Well I guess we can use Google Translate to search Kipper’s local newspapers for ‘Kiprusoff’ and ‘retirement,’ and we can speculate what a good post-NHLer job would be for him.

First off the search. Well, according to http://www.mtv3.fi he is not planning on returning to play in Finland next year. That’s kinda news I guess.

Secondly – and most importantly - what would be a good job for Kipper in retirement? I’m going to put my money on a Customs Officer at Turku’s International Airport - Turavia. Because all you need is a stone-face and no personality!

 

Flames 4 – Wild 1

23 Apr

What started as a joke is now a reality… the Calgary Flames cannot even lose properly.

Calgary currently sits in 24th place, which means ether a 7th or 8th overall pick, because they’ve gone 6-4 in their last 10 games. Meaningless games no less. The teams below them all have either 1,2 or 3 wins in their last 10 — this includes Edmonton, who’s made tanking in the late season into an art form.

St. Louis is in 10th, and Pittsburg is in 2nd. So if there was to be a draft today the Flames would likely be picking 7th, 20th and 29th in the first round. Here is what those picks would look like if there were a draft today.

Ht/Wt:6′ 0″/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: Brynäs (SWE)

Ht/Wt:6′ 2″/205 lbs
Position: D
Team: MODO (SWE)

Ht/Wt:5’11″/175 lbs
Position: C
Team: Regina (WHL)

 

Jarome Iginla traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

27 Mar

Did you ever think you’d see this day?

Ever since the announcement came out that Iginla was a healthy scratch against the Avalanche, you knew it was done.

Late last night it was announced that Pittsburgh sent the Flames college players Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as the Penguins’ first pick in the 2013 draft for Iginla.

TSN reported early in the night that Boston Bruins defenceman Matt Bartkowski, prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round draft pick were headed to the Calgary Flames for Iginla. It had been speculated for quite a while, as Bartkowski is a healthy scratch for the Bruins while Khokhlachev wasn’t in the lineup for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence. Serves us all right for listening to Aaron Ward over Bob MacKenzie.

When you look back on this, how we got 16 seasons out of a guy we traded an aging Joe Nieuwendyk for, someone who became our all-time leader in pretty much every offensive category, he doesn’t owe us a thing. If we can get a couple prospects and a 1st round pick for him, I think that’s fair. Plus he’ll be back here in a few months anyway, so what’s the big deal?

As an aside, the Flames beat the Avs 4-3 to stay out of the NHL basement and stay six points out of eighth (with six teams to pass).

Thanks for the memories Iggy!

My favourite Iginla memory is The Shift. Darryl Sutter called it that. He said he had never seen one player dominate an entire team before. It was in the 2004 playoffs against Tampa Bay, in OT, if I remember correctly. Here is a description from YouTube: In Game 5 of the 2004 Cup Finals, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla had a shift for the ages. He was hooked, held, and had his helmet ripped off. In spite of all that, he persevered and set up the OT winner. It would’ve gone down as one of the all-time great Calgary Flames moments, if they had closed it out in Game 6. As is, its a tribute to the spirit and grit of the greatest player ever to put on a Flames jersey.

Of course setting up the Golden Goal was memorable, but that wasn’t as a Flame. Doesn’t count.

 

Predictions for the next few games

14 Mar

I’m going to miss the next five games, which means two things. I’ve got a lot of PVR to catch up on when I get back, and… prediction time!

  • Fri, Mar 15 vs. Predators – Calgary wins 3-1. Flames have just a shred of confidence at home. They manage a win and rumblings start… it’s not over. Calgary wins 6-3
  • Mon, Mar 18 @ Stars – Flames lose to the Stars 4-2. So much for hope. Stars win 4-3
  • Thu, Mar 21 @ Predators – Calgary loses their second in a row. This one is worse, let’s say 4-1. Nashville wins 5-3
  • Fri, Mar 22 @ Blue Jackets – The Flames stop the bleeding a little bit with a win against a streaking Columbus team. 4-3 in the shootout. Yeah that’s right, the Flames win a shootout game! Columbus wins 5-1
  • Sun, Mar 24 vs. Blues – Calgary loses to St. Louis in style, 5-0. Bad performance all around. Kipper is pulled after letting in 3 in the first period. Joey Mac comes in and lets in 2 in the second. Calgary wins 3-2

So there you have it, over the next 5 games the Flames will go 2-3 and still be in last place when I get back.

So I went 3-2, which is slightly better than the Flames record of 2-3 over the same time frame. 

 

Wild 2 – Flames 1 (SO)

12 Feb

The Flames’ craptastic play at home continued, by once again failing in a shootout. Last night was one of those games where Calgary really played to their opponent, which is something they have been doing a lot this year. Hey Vancouver, you want to run and gun? Okay, but we’re not as good at it as you are. Minnesota… you like the defensive sit-and-wait-for-a-turnover approach? We can do that, but not as good as you can.

No wonder this team is in last place, it’s hard to leapfrog teams when you are playing the game you opponent wants to play – but have a lot more experience with it than you do.

I’m telling you, this season is the non-publicized rebuild of the Flames. Watch in April when we start offloading the few assets we have.

You heard it here first… eat it Francis!

 

Almost game-day!

18 Jan

I’ve posted the most recent line combinations that I’m guessing will be the way the Flames line up for the first game against San Jose. Check out the 2013 Calgary Flames depth cart page here.

 

Rumors that Ken King my step down as team president?

27 Sep

I certainly hope so. It’s been rumored (through a couple sites, and Puck Daddy) that there are rumblings that Ken King could move to a role that would have him oversee the business side of the Flames, and former St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson becoming the next President of the Calgary Flames.

Davidson has ties to Calgary and could be a welcomed addition by the Flames faithful. Also John has family in Calgary allowing for an easy transition.

Tell me, would you pay $2 million a year for three years to JD?

 

Calgary entertains calls for Jay Bouwmeester

14 Jul

The Calgary Flames continue to entertain calls and inquiries for veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who became available after the Flames acquired and signed Dennis Wideman, and interest has increased after Ryan Suter came off the free agent market to sign with Minnesota.

It’s believed the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers have all inquired about his availability. Don’t believe me? Check it out:

The Flames are looking for a top-six scorer in return. Glory be to Jay Feaster if he dump that salary AND get a legitimate forward in return.

 
 
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