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#19: Winnipeg Jets

Part 12 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 19. Winnipeg 20. Tampa Bay 21. Carolina 22. Los Angeles 23. Philadelphia 24. Nashville 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #19: Winnipeg Jets Top Fws: Evander Kane*, Blake Wheeler

Crzydrvr

Crzydrvr

 

#20: Tampa Bay Lightning

Part 11 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Already a third of the way through! Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 20. Tampa Bay 21. Carolina 22. Los Angeles 23. Philadelphia 24. Nashville 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #20: Tampa Bay Lightning Top Fws:

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Crzydrvr

 

#21: Carolina Hurricanes

Part 10 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Already a third of the way through! Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 21. Carolina 22. Los Angeles 23. Philadelphia 24. Nashville 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #21: Carolina Hurricanes Top Fws: Eric Staal, Jor

Crzydrvr

Crzydrvr

 

#22: Los Angeles Kings

Part 9 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 22. Los Angeles 23. Philadelphia 24. Nashville 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #22: Los Angeles Kings Top Fws: Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards Top Ds: Drew Doughty, Wil

Crzydrvr

Crzydrvr

 

#23: Philadelphia Flyers

Part 8 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 23. Philadelphia 24. Nashville 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #23: Philadelphia Flyers Top Fws: Claude Giroux, Daniel Briere, Scott Hartnell Top Ds: Chris Pronger*, Kimmo Timonen

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Crzydrvr

 

#24: Nashville Predators

Part 7 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 24. Nashville 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #24: Nashville Predators Top Fws: Patric Hornqvist, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher Top Ds: Shea Weber, Kevin Klein Top G: Pekka Rinne Top

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Crzydrvr

 

#25: New Jersey Devils

Part 6 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 25. New Jersey 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #25: New Jersey Devils Top Fws: Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique Top Ds: Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov Top G: Martin Brodeur Top 3 Un

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Crzydrvr

 

#26: Dallas Stars

Part 5 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 26. Dallas 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #26: Dallas Stars Top Fws: Loui Eriksson, Jamie Benn, Michael Ryder Top Ds: Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas Top G: Kari Lehtonen Top 3 Under-23s: 1. F Jamie Benn

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Crzydrvr

 

#27: Calgary Flames

Part 4 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Perhaps I surprised some of you with this one? Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 27. Calgary 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #27: Calgary Flames Top Fws: Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Mike Cammalleri Top Ds: Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano Top G: Miikka Ki

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Crzydrvr

 

#28: Vancouver Canucks

Part 3 in my "State of the Franchise" series. I'm already prepared for the scathing comments I'm likely to receive for this one. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 28. Vancouver 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #28: Vancouver Canucks Top Fws: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler Top Ds: Alexander Edler, Kevin Biek

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Crzydrvr

 

#29: Columbus Blue Jackets

Part 2 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great. Current Rankings List: 29. Columbus 30. San Jose ------------------ #29: Columbus Blue Jackets Top Fws: Rick Nash*, RJ Umberger, Derick Brassard Top Ds: Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski Top G: Steve Mason *since traded Top 3 Under-23s: 1. C Ryan Johansen (19) 2. D John

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Crzydrvr

 

#30: San Jose Sharks

Starting a new blog. I'll be looking at each NHL team's fortunes, both at the moment and in the future. I've got the teams ranked in order of their overall youth and potential, and I'll be putting them out from worst to best. This is something new, so please work with me here; I'm not a professional writer and I'm a raw rookie when it comes to writing these types of articles. Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dick

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Crzydrvr

 

2011/2012 Flames Line Review

I thought it would be interesting to evaluate the various lines that were used through this season and how each line produced. I evaluated even strength only production only. I may look at the PP lines at another time. TP: % of Time Played P: % of Points Produced D: Differential between time played and points produced. FORWARDS: The Big Guns Tanguay-Cammalleri-Iginla: TP (2.05%) P (3.95%) D (192.68%) Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla: TP (3.18%) P (5.59%) D (175.79%) Tanguay-Jokinen-Iginla:

kehatch

kehatch

 

The Rebound Kids

Fans like to make comparisons between the Sutter brothers and their coaching styles. Yet they couldn't be more different. Some will focus on their demeanor or communication styles as key differences. And although that is accurate I don't think that captures the real differences between the two. Darryl expects effort from his players. Go hit something. Forecheck hard. Shoot the puck. Work, work work. That captures his approach. Darryl is less interested in following the X's and O's and

kehatch

kehatch

 

Coach Or First Class

So with the release of Brent Sutter (and rumour has it he will Coach the WildRose Party :: or was that to drive the WildRose Coach ?), Who do we get now? With Randy Carlyle engaged, does anyone think we can get permission to talk to Mike Babcock ?

I_am_Canuck

I_am_Canuck

 

Lets Talk Trades

Do you think a couple of quick trades can start the rebuilding process ? Lets get some offers (or draft picks) for Jokinen, Sarich, Backlund, Moss, Stajan, Kostopoulos, yes and even that big contract in Bouwmeester !! Anyone Listening ?

I_am_Canuck

I_am_Canuck

 

Rebuilding Time

Iginla is not the Problem. Anyone who advocates trading Iggy or Kipper is out of their minds. True, a rebuild will mean not making the playoffs for about two(2) years, but who is going to keep us respectable in the meantime ? Anyone listening ?

I_am_Canuck

I_am_Canuck

 

Almost Over...

Well peeps this is not my end of the season blog but it looks like it will be the one before it. Now you guys know me I am a very positive guy and always try to see the bright side of things but it looks like this time even I see the writing on the wall. It always stings a little bit more when your team has a good run and gets your hopes up so high just to crash down like a bad Red bull binge. I think though I do know why. Kipper has been holding up this team all season and I think it has caugh

big_bill

big_bill

 

Go Time!

Hello again all my loyal Billy Blogers out there! I hope you are all having a awesome day today and are enjoying this epic sunshine! Also enjoying a extra hour of it as well! Spring is upon us peeps and that can only mean one thing to hockey fans PLAYOFFS! It also means something else to Flames fans...golf season. Sorry I had too. This year though the Flames are making a strong effort to get in this time and a few weeks ago I honestly thought that we were going to be in a better spot then where

big_bill

big_bill

 

Off The Stupid Pills!

Hello all my loyal Billy blogers out there! How are you all doing on this holiday Monday? Good I hope! Well peeps I wanted to take this time to do another blog for all of you even though I will be doing another blog soon right after the trade deadline. The reason I am doing a blog now is because of the fact that the Flames have reached their first goal of the season and that is to get too a playoff spot. In any situation where you have a big goal you first must set little goals along the way. In

big_bill

big_bill

 

Under Pressure

Hello again all my loyal Billy Blogers out there! I hope you are having a awesome day even tho it is a Monday. So guys I wanted to give it a few games with our new players before I did another blog on how we are doing for our playoff push. And in my awesome opinion we are still at or a bit better of a level that we where before. Now I would be lying if I didn't say I thought we would be in a better spot by now but maybe my hopes at the time where a little to high because of the fact that we did

big_bill

big_bill

 

A New Hope

Hello all my loyal Billy blogers out there! I know how you are all doing so I won't even bother asking. The Flame nation is a buzz with the news that Cammy is back with the Flames. Yes it was only a week ago that the "fit hit the shan" around here and everyone was looking for the life boats. I like to think I was one of the dudes playing some awesome music for all of us as we die but I too was cashing out on this season. To be honest this season is still taking on water but a strong home record

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big_bill

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