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      Insults/Name-calling will not be tolerated   11/19/2016

      It's great to see the boys earning their way into the playoffs this season (barring a Colorado-would-be-proud collapse).  What a night-and-day difference from way back in November.   With the playoffs, we typically see more traffic/visitors on the site, usually from the opposing team's fanbase (especially from the Oilers).  This is just a reminder that stating your opinion is fine (it's exactly what these forums are for), and friendly, good-natured ribbing is OK, however, name-calling and insults will still be a major no-no and cause for the Banhammer to warm up.  This applies to all new guests and visitors as well: you're more than welcome to join the party, but civility is house rule around here.   All insults/name-calling will be met with a zero-tolerance approach, regardless if you are a new person to the forums, or have been around since these forums began.   First-offenses will be met with a moderator-needs-to-approve-your-post for 3 days Second offenses will be met with a week-long suspension Third offenses will result in a perma-ban   If you have any questions regarding this policy, or would like to voice your concern about it, you are absolutely free to contact me directly.   We all love this team, and this game.  Let's all hop on the Bandwagon, enjoy a few beverages, and ride this wave of excitement as far as we can.   --  Kulstad

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  2. I have to think even BT knows we can do better than Bouma and Stajan heading into next season. Priority has to be our Goal and what we spend there. I don't have a feeling he is going to spend a ton on our defense. With the ED in the mix he likely waits to see who gets picked from us before he addresses our forward needs. On the chance Brouwer were to get selected it frees up a bunch of money for him.
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  4. I'm not saying there aren't or won't be value guys out there. But one also has to think about the current stable. Who ever would have though Hathaway could be a NHL player? Look at a guy like Gaudreau for Nashville. Comes into a high pressure series and manages to win key faceoffs and contribute. I just don't want to see a 4th line of grinders who can't even control the play against other 4th liners.
  5. I thought it was just a pay day for him nice to learn it wasn't a total lost and he helped the team in some form. we wil now be able to do some damage in a sense due to the players coming off the books I know we have some young ones looking to cash in I just hope they don't play the JH card and try for a short trem high dollar payout.
  6. oh for sure, at the end of the day there were solid reasons those deals went down when they did.. but it shows the benefit of a quality backup expectation. even we *might* have had a diff fate if switching to Johnson earlier had been an option that was used.. but due to his injury and inactivity it was too much of a gamble
  7. I think you need to give the offseason some time yet.
  8. The Blues still had Shattenkirk (who would have helped if kept for the playoffs), were really tight to the cap & needed to re-sign Schwartz & some lesser lights before the season started. I'm sure ideally they would have kept Elliott & Brouwer but that pesky cap means descisions. Elliott's UFA rights would carry no value. We gave up what we did for a year of a goalie. If BT offered his rights he'd get strange looks from the other GMs.
  9. A lot could be decided surrounding this Backlund discussion.
  10. His contract would have most likely been insured. It was also most likely Flames doctors that told him that he wasn't fit to play this past season. Since his contract is up, he is free to go get a second opinion and look for playing opportunities else where. He did do scouting for us this past year, so he was still working for the team. Best of luck to him in the Czech league, hopefully for him and his family he is able to stay healthy.
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  12. I would say that's the easiest way to look at it yes.
  13. How funny is this Smid is back on the ice going to play with the Czechs Nice holiday for the D man gets paid for what 3 or 4 yrs and hits the ice what probably a total of 6 months Paid vacation nice work Smid to bad we can go to arbitration on him ask for a forfeit considering he didn't hold up to his end of the deal. I know he got hurt but to sit that long never play a game and get paid do we the flames pay him or is it insurance im not sure hope it is Insurance but if we still have to put an IR amount I guess we pay. Another Pronger type situation
  14. In this years draft, almost everyone after the top 2 guys is going to need 2-4 years of development. I think that is the biggest issue with this years draft, there is some good talent, but you have to be willing to wait for that talent to develop.
  15. So in other words, it measures the quality of the team in front of the goalie and not the goalie himself. Fleury is getting peppered and Budaj is protected by better team defensive?
  16. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say we dont pick at 16. Either we trade down to get some picks in 2 and / or 3 or it gets used in a Player deal.. but if we do, I'm really hoping Callen Foote is still there
  17. Chychrun dropped in a deep first round to 16. I can't think any teams would pass on that. But some are going to look at their stable of D and think we need something to impact sooner than 3-4 years from now. A mistake. It makes sense to us to take him, but we also don't have many high-impact forwards in the system. IMHO, you take the best available every time. Trade them if you don't need them later.
  18. So who's streak ends tonight ? Pittsburgh , who has never won Home game 7 after dropping game 6? Ottawa,, who has never won a game 7..period.? I think there is way more pressure on Pittsburgh.. especially after playing the best game they have in while and losing .. I'm gonna say Ottawa pulls it out everybody loves a Cinderella story
  19. 100%. Backs could sign an extension as early as July 1 this year. Treliving wouldn't be doing his job very well if he wasn't at least feeling out Backlund's camp to see what they are thinking because this summer is likely the best time to trade him if that is the route the want to go. he probably already knows becuase let's be honest who waits until July 1.....
  20. And IMO he's quite a bit better than Kylington was at the same age so that should generate even more excitement. I think a lack of strength and limited hockey sense is what dropped Kylington is in his draft year but Liljegren doesn't have that. He reminds me of Roman Josi so I agree you jump all over that if you can get. But sadly, i can't imagine he will be there. Too much upside to pass on and IMO that wasn't the case with Kylington when he dropped.
  21. I actually Really like this chart.. you are correct that you then have to see what their results were , but it backs up what my eye tests really tell me .. for example.. MAF and Elliot it has been pointed out had similar SV% and GAA however .. Elliot faces fewer shots in general and also more of the less dangerous variety then Fleury . MAf faces not only a lot of shots, but the ones he gets are heavier in the scoring chance " variety Devan Dubnyk, pads his stats cuz he not only faces a light workload, but his team keeps the danger shots away thats why i mentioned run From Neuvirth.. hes not being bombarded and when he is facing low % chances.. and his stats blew chunks.. grubauer is similar to Neuvirth in workload, but had great stats .. so hes stopping the ones he should stop also this also tells that teams play different in front of different goalies.. you would think Holtby and Grubauer.. or for that matter Elliot and Johnson would have similar workloads.. but Johnson and Holtby both have higher work and danger then their partners..
  22. July 2017 ? would they be having those conversations with agents this early ? be nice to know.
  23. Yeah not sure if he would make it to us, but man would he be a nice prospect to have in the system. A RHS version Kylington. Guys who can skate and move the puck like Liljegren can are hard to find. He has had a rough year, dealing with mono, getting bounced around and playing at 3 or 4 different levels. That is my biggest concern with Swedish and Finnish prospects, they quite often get moved up and down different levels of hockey and have a hard time getting consistent playing time.
  24. I wouldn't say Gretzky was a fast skater at all but he was way smarter than most. Gaudreau is faster and quicker than Gretzky ever was in his day. What I witnessed this season was that he bailed out on his own thinking a lot which lead to him coughing up the puck. He will learn from last season's experience.
  25. Liljegren is bouncing around a bit but for the most part seems to be staying in the top 10 and I think he will. I thought he had a solid Under 18s even though his point totals won't wow you he generally was carrying the play quite well and to me demonstrated he still has big upside and could be a top pairing dman. I can't see teams letting that slip through in this draft. Flames should be all over him if he makes it to 16 but I don't think he will.
  26. I watched some of the Erie Otters vs Windsor Spitfire game. Raddysh looks pretty impressive. Very good speed for a big guy and pretty decent positioning away from the puck in the offensive zone. I liked his effort and compete level in general. Scored the only good for the Otters. Obviously some flaws in his game but is expected at this age. Some questionable decision making with the puck, attempts too many low percentage passes/forcing passes that aren't there. I think all can be corrected by the time he's NHL ready. Gabe Vilardi looks Monahan-like. Hope the Canucks don't draft him. What happened to Logan Brown and Mikhail Sergachev? Both look like busts or still years away from NHL ready. Debrincat was horrible. They give him the puck and he tries to do everything by himself. His read, vision, and awareness of his teammates around him is sub-par.
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