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What the 2011 playoffs will look like!

08 Mar

In the Western Conference anyway…

Western Conference 2011 Playoff Predictor

The formula for figuring this out is quite simple… it’s based on each team’s winning percentage. You take that, along with the amount of games they’ve played to figure out how many ‘points’ they have received in each game. You then multiply that by the number of games they have left and voila! a totally non-mathmatical made-up stat that predicts exactly where everyone will finish! Isn’t speculation fantastic?

Based on this, the Flames would make the playoffs (which I still can’t believe is going to happen) and manage a respectable 6th place. Anyone remember what 14th felt like?

So this would mean that Calgary would play the San Jose Sharks, and I can’t say  hate that matchup. San Jose goes in every year with something to prove, and every year proves the same thing. They can’t win a round.

Standings current as of March 7, 2011

 

It’s Trade Deadline Day!

28 Feb

Flames only made one deal. They got Freddy Modin from the Thrashers in exchange for a seventh round pick. Let’s be honest, Modin is not going to stop any presses - he’s 35, doesn’t play much, and caps out at a whopping $800,000. This is no longer the 30-goal scorer he was with the Lightning back in 2004. Don’t get excited.

Speaking of not getting excited, Calgary did get defenceman Brett Carson off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Who – you ask? Well apparently it’s a guy who has spent parts of the last three seasons split between the NHL and the AHL. Maybe you remember the name from Hitmen fame some five years ago. He’s only played 13 games this year, but is an impressive +7. A depth guy, who will play when two of the regular defencemen are hurt. The upside is also that at 26 he brings some experience to Abbotsford.

I guess it’s not surprising that the Flames did little this deadline day. You can’t get draft picks unless you want to give up someone decent. And you can’t give up someone decent and make a legitimate run at the playoffs.

And thus ends Trade Deadline Day 2011, now we can focus on trying to make the playoffs.

 

You decide

07 Feb

Just to provide an update, because people keep sending in their thoughts regarding who they think will be traded before next season. So my statistically-flawless survey found that:

Miikka Kiprusoff              There is a 28% chance he’ll start on another team next year.
Jarome Iginla                   There is a 24% chance he’ll lead a rival to a Stanley Cup before retirement.
Jay Bouwmeester            There is a 48% chance someone is dumb enough to take on this inflated salary.
Robyn Regehr                   There is a 60% chance that a GM somewhere only remembers the 2004 version of Regehr.

You’re welcome.

 

Flames 2 – Oilers 1

01 Jan

Edmonton is so very, very bad. Calgary outshot them 19-3 in the first period. Although I missed it because CBC chose to show the third period of the Pittsburgh/Washington Winter Classic (outdoor game). I guess I can’t complain about that, because who in their right mind would watch Calgary and Edmonton play each other? It’s like watching your retarded half-brother (Kevin Weeks) fight your special-needs sister (Mark Lee) for substandard supremacy in your household.

Anyway, Jay Feaster was on After Hours and said that he didn’t believe in blowing up a team to rebuild. He said that he’d first like to figure out the core of the team – then build around them. After Mark Lee put some words in his mouth it sounded like that core consists of Iginla, Regher, Kiprusoff and Mark Giordano. It was also mentioned (by Kelly Hrudey I think) that there were some mediocre players that Jay needs to spend time evaluating – for about two months – before the trade deadline which is quickly approaching. I think it’s Feb 28.

So the Iginla for Brayden Schenn trade is likely not to happen. Actually it is probably not likely to happen after L.A. caught a glimpse of what he can do during the World Junior Championships. Sounds like Kipper will be around for a while as well, which doesn’t make any sense – why would you want to the Maple Leafs of the West, always battling for 8th place… just enough to get a lousy draft pick?

Oh yeah, I’ve updated the ever-changing Flames line combination, click here for the current line up to see who is playing with whom.

 

Flames 3 – Blue Jackets 2 (Overtime)

14 Dec

I can’t say this too often, but that was a game that the Flames deserved to lose, yet won. See usually they deserve to lose and they do, or their opponent deserves to lose and they do, or (rarely) the Flames deserve a win and they lose. Got all that? Well, none of that happened last night.

The Flames were up by two goals early, and by some fluke held on for one point – to eventually score in overtime. So why was everyone in the ‘Dome so happy that the Flames only gained one point on a team they are trying to catch? They blew a two-goal lead for Pete’s sake!

Anyway, on to more important stuff. Matt Stajan sat for the second game in a row which can only mean one thing, he’s been traded to Boston for their second round pick in 2011.

BTW Adam Pardy has looked awful since his return from injury. I’ve also updated the current line combinations for all you poolies out there stupid enough to pick a Flame for your fantasy team.

 

Canucks 7 – Flames 2

02 Dec

You wouldn’t know it by the score, but this was a pretty good game through two periods. It’s funny because my prediction of “and the Canucks will score three unanswered goals in the third to win 6-2″ wasn’t far off. Highlight of the game? When it ended.

So now I’m officially ready. Let’s do it… let’s pull the plug on this team while they are still valuable (in others’ eyes).

Here is what I want:

  • I want to keep Backlund, Bourque, Hagman, Moss and Giordano.
  • I’d trade Iginla and Glenncross for Brayden Schenn and Jack Johnson in L.A.
  • I’d trade Kiprusoff for Jacob Markstrom and Erik Gudbranson in Florida. 
  • I want to trade Jokinen for those nachos they sell with the fake cheese in the Saddledome.
  • I’d keep Kotalik and Tanguay until the draft and see what I could get (if anything) for either of them. Maybe package them together for Elisha Cuthbert? Dion probably wouldn’t go for that. Avery would have.
  • I’d let Sarich and Staios walk.
  • I’d trade Regher for Cody Hodgson, as the Canuckleheads are in need of a good defenceman.
  • Who does that leave? Matt Stajan? I’d trade him for a pick in 2012 as well. Doesn’t even matter which round, preferrably the second.
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That would constitute about three years of Oiler-esque suckage. But is that so bad? For all of our so-called talent on paper, we are only one point up on the hapless Oil.

 

Sutter fired? Let the rumours begin!

29 Nov

The Calgary Sun reports that a rumor surfaced Saturday night after the Flames flew home from a loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins without Darryl Sutter onboard that he had been canned. The team denies it, saying Sutter had to stay back east for some scouting.

Sutter has been with the Flames since 2002, and no word how this might effect Ron, Brent, Duane, and Brian.

 

Who should stay, who needs to go?

09 Nov

Check out the new voice of the people page, submit your idea or vote on the quickest, easiest way to solve all the Flames’ problems!

Click here to submit your idea or vote on the ideas of others

 

Why T.J. Brodie is the key to Kotalik’s future

27 Sep

Think about it, if T.J. Brodie gives the Flames brass no reason to send him down to the AHL, then there will be no room for an overpriced defenceman. For now, let’s call that guy Cory Sarich. Now Sarich is making $3.6M this year, which happens to be $600,000 more than teammate Ales Kotalik. If Kotalik can once again (god help us) convince Sutter that he is an NHLer, then Brodie helped Daryl clear up nearly $3M for Ales.

However, the Flames are still over the cap (by just over $2M) so something further will have to be done.

In other news… and then there were 35. Matt Keetley, John Negrin and Keith Seabrook are the latest sent to Abbotsford.

 

Staal a Flame?

09 Sep
  • Eric?
  • Jordan?
  • Marc!

The latest rumour out of New York is that the Flames have sent Ranger defenceman Marc Staal an offer sheet. Although the Flames are already $2.35M over the cap, the offer is thought to be about $4.5M/year. Plus they have eight defencemen already on one-way contracts. Maybe this means bye-bye to Robin Regehr and his $4M/year?

This doesn’t make any sense, I’m positive hopeful that Sutter has enough hockey sense left in him to not completely screw this team up for Jay Feaster’s tenure.

 
 
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