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  2. Great point ..and not out of the question since Seattle is next best thing to going home for a Vancouver boy. That's my kicker tho..I'm not convinced Neal fell off a cliff .. a combination of usage, conditioning and linemates I think all contributed .. that's why id want a potential scoring forward like JP.. we really don't need more immediate D.. I guess what makes me think I wouldn't hate it , is worst case scenario.. if both players never score another goal. And you have to have one of them on your team. Who is still useful? In that regards Lucic wins hands down
  3. It’s a risky trade because if 97 can get Maroon to flirt with 30, then surely he can do the same for Neal. Like you said it would definitely take a sweetener. How about Samorokov stud D they had playing in the memorial cup? It would also take a “gentleman’s agreement” from Lucic to waive his NMC before I even consider it, not losing a Kylington in order to protect Lucic
  4. I love pot stirring..and good for discussion😎 Wondering who would do this if they made it Lucic and Puuljarvi for Neal and something insignificant? Take the contract out of the equation, and he's a perfect player for the bottom 6. Better defensively, can score just hasnt and can't argue he adds that grit we need without being a liability.. and if JP swings back we win hands down. I'm not sure I would , I hate the contract, especially having to protect him in the expansion draft .and Neal to me had the better potential to rebound from one bad season and make it look like a huge mistake if he does it for the Oilers first or second line . It would totally take the sweetener from Edmonton to not rip my hair out upon announcement, but I'm not hard No. Could see the argument on both sides for the deal
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  6. If Nashville moves Subban, as it feels like they will, they could be a fit for Brodie. Taking a glance at the Preds, they have a really good group of D, but they can’t score. Surely a Subban trade is made to address scoring. But that leaves them with a gaping hole in their top 4. Since they are a team looking to contend next year I doubt they trust a significant top 4 role to rookie Fabbro A trade that could be worth looking at is Brodie for Craig Smith, both are the same age and have very similar contracts with one year remaining. Smith is a consistent 40-50 point player, bit like Frolik although a better goal scorer and better puck skills, not as good defensively though. Before CHI acquired Maatta I was gonna throw out a Brodie for Saad trade. Either way my hope is a return in a Brodie trade is a 40-50 point player
  7. If all we need to do is get hot going into the playoffs then it actually doesn't matter if we stand pat or blow it up. Why not blow it up? All we need is to get hot at the right time. It's all about getting breaks...?
  8. Andrew MacDonald bought out by Philly. I feel if Gostisbehere gets moved then we can trade Brodie to Flyers... Or try to move Brodie to Montreal who is rumoured to be in on Gostisbehere.
  9. You've always had a great attitude with a steady hand, and this is no exception, so full props. Nor do I intend for...any of my posts to be popular, really. this being no exception. But, Assuming a team builds itself out from its goaltender, to defence, and then forwards: We have nothing in the way of a team-building goalie. As you mentioned. Our defence fell apart. Maybe we have the right pieces maybe we don't. But it was ineffective. Our forwards were ineffective in playoff style hockey. So, I always do actually appreciate your optimism. But, that's a 3 for 3 no-go. I just can't call that close to the right mix. It's...the opposite of the right mix. What we do have, is some valuable pieces in the wrong places. Sucks that we have to rebuild again, but it's not the end of the word and it's also inevitable. Whether we do it now or 3 years from now. Start from your goaltender. We should be looking for that now. And we need to be honest with ourselves about our development system for goalies. Get that right, and we can say we've "started" a sensible rebuild process for the first time.
  10. It is really fascinating how some players perform so well without being great skaters. I do remember that Chucky was skating quite well at the beginning of last year. He was surprisingly fast. I wonder if he feels as effective when he does turn on the jets. That is, can he handle the puck as well when he is going fast. Tkachuk will get bank as you said.
  11. With that Maata trade to Chicago the Flames may only trade Brodie to another team for Cap Space and not necessarily for cap space AND assets like draft picks. I can't wait till the draft though, I have a feeling there will be trades that day for the Flames and I can't wait to see who they draft
  12. we have a team that is built to be very cpmpetitive for an 80 plus regular season.. Not the playoffs.. If treliving only does minor tinkering we will be fine as the current team grows together.. Save the money for trade deadline where you can pick up a few playoff type players
  13. Scratch Chicago off as a potential trade partner as they landed Maatta from Pit
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  15. Have you Watched Tkachuk play?? He is valueable on any team! I went to see a game where he had 5 points and he is even going to get better. I see the Flames offering him a contract around 8 million dollars a season, hopefully the Flames persuade him to sign for even cheaper!
  16. I can't even imagine what his dental costs must be. Watching his teeth come out of his mouth that time in slow motion sure was gross. Not Joe Theisman gross, but what can top that? Someone is gonna have to be decapitated to beat that.
  17. I feel the same way. I try not to have high expectations of the guy, but he continues to impress. I think he could be great given the right development path. 🤣 What exactly is your definition of "house"? I have a yard, and I could really use about oh ... every poster to get my yard work done. Stupid 4 hours of spring before fire season.
  18. Yes for sure. Brodie isn't the cream of the crop so a few bigger pieces have to fall first. Hopefully we move Brodie on the draft floor for something good.
  19. There seems to be a lot of defensemen available this offseason, Trouba, Subban, Gostisbehere, Zaitsev, Maatta, Miller, Hamilton, Leddy not to mention the UFA's Karlsson, Myers, Edler, Gardiner. With all those names floating around you have to wonder how that is going to effect Brodie's value. The one thing he has going for him is a low cap hit and short term.
  20. It doesn't make much sense to trade JH, Monahan, Backlund, Neal, Gio, etc. even if they did little in the playoffs. Smith was in nets and we lost. Was anyone surprised that happened? Did playing Smith provide any glimpse into the future of goaltending in Calgary? I'm not pinning the losses on Smith, obviously. He stopped a ton. He let in some good and bad shots. But we never got the chance to build on the #1 guy. Give him some experience. See how the team responded to him. He could have been another Binnington and the team responded by scoring goals. Instead, we iced the guy who plays the puck every time it comes to him. I agree that we are pretty close to the right mix. The team fell apart rather than not having the right players. We could have used a Zucker or a depth center. Maybe a RHS D-man to jump in when Brodie was struggling. You win on the backs of great goaltending and stellar defense. We had neither.
  21. Strangely enough, we were undone more by bad goaltending than any "hole" in the lineup. We were 2nd in the league in scoring and goal differential. We sucked n the playoffs. We didn;t show up. Doesn;t mean we are that far away from a cup. The depth was there. We went with an aging goalie who seemed like he was at the top of his game, yet he let in a ton of goals. Our captain did nothing. Our best shutdown line was useless. Regaular season we had down years from Frolik, Bennett and Neal, while Janko treaded water. Brodie was up and down all year. We had Stone for part of the year. There should be some confidence that we can come close to the regular season success just by getting a good backup and these other players rebounding a bit or being traded for better players. They stay the same and no trades there, just having a backup golie will do it. Peeps is right though, your team needs to be different in the playoffs. You have to flip a switch. You are playing one team, and you have to know how to give them different looks when one thing doesn;t work. Then you play another team. No one style is going to work to the end. Score a bunch, defend well, stop every shot, hard forecheck, greasey goals, skilled shooting, dirty plays..... Commit to getting the best backup you can get. Either trade Neal or construct a line that works with him there. Be able to have Tkachuk play on dfferent lines not just a shutdown line. Construct a good 2nd PP unit. Trade Frolik and Brodie for a few players that compliment the team. This is as much about asset management as improving the team. Use the pieces you have to change some dynamics. Playoff growth will happen, but the team has to fix that, not bringing in a bunch of new people.
  22. I'm with ya .. we're at that point where I'm done speculating and suggesting .. I'll save my energy to comment on what does actually happen
  23. As the loss of the playoffs has worn off, I don't think we need to re-make this team. A big part of the playoffs is getting hot, but an even bigger part is getting the breaks. As bad as the Flames played, they easily could have won 3 games. Game 2- 2-1lead late lost a D zone draw, Avs tied it and won in OT Game 4- Blew a late 2-0 lead, Puck over glass penalty, Incredible Grubauer save on Backlund. We didn't deserve to win but were a couple breaks from almost winning that series. That being sais, we still need ti improve this roster, but a complete revamp I disagree with. Find a new backup, a top 6 winger or 2nd line C and add some more depth
  24. I actually think Reimer could be a good addition via trade. The UFA goalie market isn't great, you have Bob, Lehner and Varlamov who will sign big deals, then after that it's a bunch of reclamation projects, Talbot, Kinkaid, Ward, Elliott. Mrazek is available too but I think CAR finds a way to keep him. Reimer played 36 games this year, Talbot 35 and the better numbers belonged to Reimer. Actually, the last 3 seasons Reimer has had a better sv% than Talbot. Reimer is slightly overpaid at 3.4 with 2 years remaining, but if FLA's pursuit of Bobrovsky turns out to be true they'll need to move Reimer. I wonder if we could trade Stone 3.5x1 for Reimer 3.4x2. Doesn't save any space for the Panthers but eases the logjam between the pipes and they aren't exactly the best blueline in the league. It also saves the Flames from paying Stone for an extra 2 seasons via buyout
  25. Time to step away until after the Draft and see what takes place. Maybe even get some yardwork done.
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