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  1. 6 points
    Well, gentlemen we will be enjoying our summer early. I will have better sleeps once my frustrations and disappointments subsided. It has been a pleasure to be on the game night board all season with you guys. Better luck next year perhaps. Thanks guys!
  2. 5 points
    Hey all, I just saw this. I was away on vacation and popped in to talk some hockey when I saw this thread and my jaw dropped to the floor. I just have to say how deeply this has affected many here and myself included. I know I'm a fan of a rival team, and it's a team that FF52 disliked very much, but he and I always had great discussions and although we may have disagreed on many things between the two teams, we both shared a love for the game of hockey and the BOA and had so many great discussions and debates. My prayers go out to his family and friends. There literally is no replacing an upstanding forum member like FF52, that is is a hole that is impossible to fill. Rest in peace Larry, we may have been on opposite sides of the BOA, but we were always friends. I will both miss and never forget you.
  3. 4 points
    Being at the game last night was hard. But what was more embarrassing than watching the team play, was two idiots throwing jerseys on the ice. If you get so upset that you will throw a $200 sweater away, then professional sports aren't for you just stick to watching action movies where the good guys always win. Those idiots took away most of my angst until I got on the boards and read all this crap. I'm not thinking no changes are needed, because some are, but lets have a little faith. The core of the Red Wings were knocked out first round several times as a number 1 or 2 seed, the core of the Capitals never made it to the third round until last year, the Penguins were pretty dismal in the playoffs between their '09 and '16 wins, the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead and 3-0 game 7 lead the year before they won.
  4. 3 points
    Friday April 19th 8pm Home at the Dome
  5. 3 points
    Gentlemen, thank you for a great season. I loved coming on the board and discussing all things Flames and hockey with you guys. It really made the season that much better. Unfortunately our playoff hopes and dreams have come to an end much too soon. I take solace in the fact that we have a GM who never rests on his laurels - and I expect there will be changes that give some promise to next season. As for right now, this is going to be a hard one to accept. Cheers to each and every one of you. See you all again around the draft. Sincerely, Lou
  6. 2 points
    At the beginning of the season I think we all would have thought just making the playoffs would have been a success this year. Half way through the year the measuring stick changed. At the end of the day we have to take this as a learning and development year.
  7. 2 points
    I would disagree and say we need Progression and Adjustment. not an overhaul Defense : Lock it down with Gio, Andersson , Hanifin , Hamonic , Kyllington and Valimaki -- resign Prout and Fantenberg - use Stone and TJ - to fill some other needs Goal : I'm quite alright with Rittich as my 50-60 game starter next year -- sign Smith to a 1 year as backup / mentor - trade Gillies , run the farm with the Russian and Parsons .. let one grow to be the new backup .. for once , this is NOT where we need to spend our money or assets this year Forward : nobody here is a "MUST- get rid of this guy" for me, but some tweaks need to happen Neal-- need to really try and figure out what happened here.. this is not a Troy Brouwer , this is a guy who gets 20 a year not on top lines -- either get him a playmaking center and support your investment , or move him..I dont blame BT for this , nobody could have known how good Lindholm would look on that top line..BP kind of did , but even he said he wasn't expecting that ..problem was , the only other center who can dish it properly that he needs is Backlund.. and Neal is NOT a checker .. Jankowksi is not the center Neal needs Frolik - he's a diminishing asset -- I really hope we can revisit that Zingel trade Czarnik - I like him , people gotta remember he was an AHL grad . he took the step to the NHL.. looked good in flashes.. needs to take another step next year like Mang did Backlund-- I'm in the Keep him camp .. but .. he needs to be pushed down to the 3rd line role.. meaning we need a playmaking 2nd line center Gaudreau -- I've said it many times, I'm open to the right trade .. a Hall , Barzal, etc.. teams in the East would likely line up for him .. Dallas may give you Seguin Our #1 need this year is a playmaking Center .. we get that and a lot falls into place . We have good trade bait to get it done -- TJ, Jankowski, Frolik, 1st round pick , etc. That should be our focus
  8. 2 points
    But are we? What’s the major step forward if we still can’t get past the 1st rd? Our core is good...but not good enough it seems. Not raggin’ on you phoenix66 in any way, just realizing we’ve actually gone nowhere. At this point we really didn’t achieve anything. We won 1 playoff game against the lowest seeded team in the same conference we “won”. This was an embarrassing showing for this organization. This franchise should be panicking, we’ve been ousted in the 1st RD, 12 out 14 times. Somethings not right.
  9. 2 points
    As if an Oiler fan has the right to criticize anything related to hockey... Now just jump right back into the pit of hockey hell where you belong...
  10. 2 points
    Carty thanks for all the GDT's and to the many others that jumped on to support. This was a good season but a Blockchaining embarrassing playoff. So to anyone who doesn't think this team needs to get bigger, meaner and faster, just take note of what happened. We didn't just lose we got Blockchaining owned. Once again I will say it this club is just to soft and to many passengers. We had 1 forward that made a difference Bennett, the rest were invisible. Benny stuck out cause this is his style of hockey. For me this season had some great points and was fun to watch, but we are so far off from even being close to a contender its ridiculous. As good as JH is he needs better line mates. The avs got off easy in this series like really easy, Mckinnon, Rantannan, Landeskog should be black and blue, but nope they danced all over us. I Guess what pisses me off the most, is how easy this was for our opposition. Our guys get slashed grabbed, cross checked cheap shots after the play and we do nothing. You have to be mean in these games and if you can't this is what happens. IMHO this was a waste of time, they coasted into the playoffs and coasted right out. Next year there has to be huge changes, Brodie, Janko, Mags, Czariuk, Fantenberg, Smith, Frohlick, Hathaway and Neal. should not be returning. Sad way to end a good season. Feel for Gio and Smith pretty sure they don't ever get this chance again
  11. 2 points
    Yup - that’s why he was so motivated for this series!
  12. 2 points
    Not that Neal would have been any better ..but if you're only gonna play Czarnik less than 3 min over 2 periods why do it
  13. 2 points
    Peters has helped change the culture just not far enough. This has been a long standing problem for this franchise
  14. 2 points
    Everyone other than Gaudreau and Smith have given up. The will to win just isn't there. This has been Gaudreau's best game in the series. Colorado just want to win more than Calgary. Colorado is playing playoff hockey and Calgary think they can get by playing regular season level of hockey.
  15. 2 points
    Tkachuk gets a call but those plays have been let go all series
  16. 2 points
    Brodie and Backs have shown how expendable they’ve become, especially over this playoff round.
  17. 2 points
    Nice!! Trailing in an elimination game on home ice!...we got em right where we want em!!
  18. 2 points
    I've got a good feeling that the Flames will win this one tonight...
  19. 2 points
    We all know that this could be the last Flames game we watch until October, I really hope not, but it's possible, that being said I am going to try my best to not be nervous, fire on the jersey, get the bud red light fired up, and just try to enjoy the game...,,I know that could be a little tough if the game stays close lol. For some reason, and I hope it turns out, but I have a gut feeling that we could break out tonight and start filling the net, it's absolute best case scenerio.....create a little bit of doubt in the Avs/Grubauer and give us some much needed confidence. I really want to watch another Flames Game on Sunday......GO FLAMES GO!!!
  20. 2 points
    Happy with the line changes. Ice the players that give you the best chance to win. Neal hasn’t scored for us and his play without the puck has cost us goals against. I’m impressed that BP ignored the vet status and playoff resume that accompanies Neal. Sends a message to everyone - a late message, yes - but a message that needed to be sent. Czarnik brings some speed and hunger to the lineup. Something I think we need against Colorado. Game on! Go Flames Go! 🔥🔥🔥🔥
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    STATS FROM LAST GAME
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  25. 1 point
    So now that the season has come to an unceremonious end, we can start looking toward next season and what the Flames have to do to take the next step. PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT FOR NEXT YEAR LW C RW Johnny Gaudreau (3/$6,750,00) Sean Monahan (4/$6,375,000) Elias Lindholm (5/$4,850,000) Dillon Dube (2/$778,333) Mikael Backlund (5/$5,350,000) NTC James Neal (4/$5,750,000) Martin Pospisil (3/$796,667) Derek Ryan (2/$3,125,000) Michael Frolik (1/$4,300,000) M-NTC Mark Jankowski (1/$1,675,000) Austin Czarnik (1/$1,250,000) Glenn Gawdin (1/$775,833) Matthew Phillips (2/$733,333) Luke Philp (2/$817,500) Buddy Robinson (1/$700,000) Adam Ruzicka (3/#801,666) Dmitri Zavgorodny (3/$786,666) Entry Level Slide LD RD Mark Giordano (3/$6,750,000) TJ Brodie (1/$4,650,400) M-NTC Noah Hanifin (5/$4,950,000) Travis Hamonic (1/$3,857,143) Juuso Valimaki (2/$894,166) Michael Stone (1/$3,500,00) M-NTC Oliver Kylington (1/$730,833) Rasmus Andersson (1/$755,833) Andrew Nielsen (1/$697,500) Carl-Johan Lerby (2/$925,000) *19/20 will play in Sweden G Jon Gillies (1/$750,00) Tyler Parsons (1/$759,167) Nick Schneider (1/$675,000) Artyom Zagidulin (1/$842,500) PENDING RFA'S: FORWARDS: Sam Bennett ($1,950,00) ARB Matthew Tkachuk ($925,000) Andrew Mangiapane ($705,000) Alan Quine ($700,000) ARB Curtis Lazar ($950,000) ARB Spencer Foo ($925,000) ARB Kerby Rychel ($725,000) ARB Brett Pollock ($711,667) Ryan Lomberg ($710,000) ARB DEFENSE: Josh Healey ($858,750) ARB Rinat Valiev ($650,000) ARB GOALIES: David Rittich ($800,000) ARB Mason McDonald ($822,500) PENDING UFA'S: FORWARDS: Garnet Hathaway ($850,000) Tyler Graovac ($650,000) Anthony Peluso ($650,000) DEFENSE: Dalton Prout ($800,000) Oscar Fantenberg ($650,000) Marcus Hogstrom ($700,000) Matt Taormina ($650,000) GOALIES: Mike Smith ($4,250,000) 2019 DRAFT PICKS: 1st Round: 26th Overall 3rd Round: 4th Round (NYI): 5th Round: 7th Round (Car):
  26. 1 point
    I think we gotta keep the pick. We look at other teams getting the Kucherovs, Points, Pastrnaks, Debincrats, Ahos, of the world in the later drafts. Why can’t we? Why not? We are due for another game breaker late rounder. It’s there, this is supposed to be a decent draft.
  27. 1 point
    we were a completely different team from the xmas break on..xmas break... week mandated by league and all star break all jammed together really affected the cohesiveness of the team and they never really played the same after that
  28. 1 point
    I don’t get the fascination for Hall. He’s pretty similar to Johnny, more injury prone, really only has one outstanding season, very little playoff experience, and is UFA after next season. Why would we do that swap?
  29. 1 point
    I also agree, people that believe this team was going to the SC were way ahead of themselves. Live and Learn was the motto for this year. I think from BT on down learned something about this team and its needs for the coming season. Peters as a 1st season coach with the Flames did well but spent a lot of time getting to know his team. He should have a better handle on current players to have an intelligent conversation with BT. I believe the keepers have clearly identified themselves and the rest will be moving on. Our young players, Tkachuk, Mangiapane, Andersson, Valimaki, Hanifin and Kylington all received some valuable NHL experience this season.
  30. 1 point
    I think everyone should take a week off and come back with their best trade propositions. LOL
  31. 1 point
    I think we might need to take a long look at Matt Duchene as a UFA in the off season. The guy has the speed and skill that we require, he is great in the dot, and he had 7 points in a 4 game sweep of the Lightning. He is going to cost a lot to sign, but having him and Monahan as our 1/2 would really help our depth. We wouldn't need to give up any players, picks or prospects to get him.
  32. 1 point
    It happens just look at TB, how do you think they feel ? Teams like STL and COL got better while we did not. I said earlier if BP didn't fix our 2nd and 3rd lines we were in trouble come playoff time. There was ways to many mistakes made to overcome and when you don't hit to slow down speed it kills you.
  33. 1 point
    No argument , this is disappointing ..but to me this one is different . But we haven't been in this position since 2006..and we blew it after that By that I mean , we spent years playing the "let's just get in " game .. just missing or just making .. trying to recreate the 2004 magic Now we have a team that will shoot for Conference best each year I see no reason why this team cant continue to fight for top 4 spot each year .. our regular season was not a fluke we broke in young players who will be core for years . Andersson, Kyllington, Valimaki, Mangiapane, etc We can say it means nothing , but playoff experience is a real thing .. even Gio only had 4 real games of it coming in to these ones .. he missed one entirely and was basically a #7 the first time Winning is a habit .. for years we had our sights set on Wild Card .. now I believe we will firmly believe Conference title is the goal . They said it last night , and I totally buy in.. we faced no adversity all year . It was too easy . We had a 4 game losing streak as our biggest stumble . We faced itr for the first time in the playoffs so now we learn from it Now the powers that be need to analyze this .. adjust .. What those adjustments are can be analyzed to death in another thread, but there is no major shakeup required for once .. no fire the coach.. no major overhaul The playoff thing absolutely sucks, and they need answers and reaction.. but to me , this was a major step forward for this team
  34. 1 point
    JJ, if you didn’t admit to being wrong after game one, would the Flames have lost 4 in a row? 🤣 if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around, does it make a sound?
  35. 1 point
    Hey woodendoug. I know what you’re trying to do, and it’s because you need some attention. Well you won’t get anymore than this from me.
  36. 1 point
    your just as soft your point
  37. 1 point
    Hey JJ, regarding BT, I wholeheartedly disagree. We have one of the most active GMs in the league who seems to stop at nothing to try to make this team better. I’ll take the few warts along the way for the passion and dedication he brings to try to win us a cup. I’d take him over the more common “status quo” GM a hundred times out of a hundred. Perhaps I am reacting emotionally after our sudden playoff loss, however, I have never once considered trading JH... until now. He’s mine and my son’s favorite player, but I now have doubts... Playoff doubts... we didn’t support him enough, either... but NJ and NYR have the first and second overall pick for this upcoming draft... and I’ll choose to stop there and maybe return to this thread at a later time.
  38. 1 point
    If Washington and Boston out of the playoff, it would be 4 top teams in the league out on first round. There is a chance that may happen. LOL
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  40. 1 point
    Smith played mostly great but the team looked the same as they did last year, totally dependent on him. Putting Rittich in may have woken them up - who knows. I have like BP’s calls this year so cant slam him. The Avs and Grubauer were immpressive.
  41. 1 point
    Embarrassing The Backlund era must end.
  42. 1 point
    I don’t mean to sound like skill isn’t a factor. But it has been. Their top 3 or 4 forwards have out-skilled ours. But another thing they did better, they played a heavier game. I wouldn’t say by out-hitting, but by getting in the way, weighing their bodies on ours by angles and leaning on us. It has been hard, and this is where having a smaller team has hurt. That 4th line hasn’t really had that much trouble, but they’ve also had it tougher than usual thus not being as effective. We say play our game and we will succeed. Tonight was the closest we came to it, and it took us 5 games to wake up, but are still down 5-1.
  43. 1 point
    I really do think there had to be an injury there ..I'm with you that one has me totally baffled
  44. 1 point
    Painful as it is to watch...Burke is totally right, can't understand what it takes in the playoffs until you play in the playoffs ..and most of this crew is just tasting it for the first time Is any home team actually winning a series right now ? I think the isalnders, that's it..and 2 are tied
  45. 1 point
    No they don't. they have a problem understanding you need to lay it all on the line in the playoffs. Can't just show up and win on your talent.
  46. 1 point
    Every mistake we have made all series has been costly
  47. 1 point
    Gaudreau needs to put down the non gmo hippy dippy dolphin friendly kale smoothie....and get back to that purple Gatorade!
  48. 1 point
    I've never criticized his offensive gifts .. it's his D that annoys me
  49. 1 point
    We have seen the bad with Brodie and now we have seen the good. We need more of him jumping up into the play and out numbering the Avs on the puck. Our defense is so afraid of Colorado's speed that they aren't jumping into the play like normal.
  50. 1 point
    Avs came back from 2-0 on us why can’t we do it
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