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  1. 19 points
    I'll just pass along something that is an example of what a great guy FF52 was... One day not long after my house burned along with everything in it a few years back, FF52 and I were talking... He knew that I had a lot of hockey memorabilia, and he says something like "It's such a shame that you lost all that great hockey stuff... Decades of finding and collecting and it all just went up in smoke... Are you going to start to build another collection?"... I said "I don't know man, a lot of it would be pretty much impossible to replace"... Well one of the things he knew that burned was a complete set of those miniature chromed metal Stanley Cups with different team logos on them from Cup wins over the years... You know the ones that came in 24 packs of beer quite a while back, the original ones, not the re-issue 2nd run... A couple of days later, a delivery package shows up at my door... I look at the name and return address and wonder what the heck FF52 could possibly be sending me a package for, open it up and find the Flames Stanley Cup from the original set... So I called him up to thank him and he said "I know how much you love the game, and I know you had a really nice collection of memorabilia and I think you should start building another one"... Then he said "and I knew that to do that you had to start somewhere"... As usual, once again FF52 was right... and I will always treasure that first piece that started me collecting again...
  2. 18 points
    Goalies in the system. (in no particular order): ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kipper - 6'2". Thanks for everything Kipper! Brian Elliott - 6'2" Traded for a 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft. Had the 2nd lowest goals against and the league's highest save % this past season. Treliving's answer to find a clear cut starter. Ortio - 6'1". Will be pushing for a full time NHL job with the Flames. Still in discussions with Tre Gillies - 6'4" Still ripping it up as usual. Now NCAA champ. Assigned to Stockton. McDonald - 6'4" Canadian kid. Very high upside. Excellent last QMJHL season. Schneider - 6'2" 18 year old invitee to prospect and training camp that surpassed management's expectations and earned himself an entry level contract. Last played with the Medicine Hat Tigers. Rittich - 6'3" Czech pickup on a 2 way contract. Parsons - 6'1" Picked in the 2nd round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Winner of the Memorial Cup with the London Knights.
  3. 8 points
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    VS Oct. 31st 6pm BRIDGESTONE ARENA
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  7. 8 points
    I Think The time has Come To sincerly Show Appreciation For the wide Range of Moderation Team on this Board They Do a Fantastic Job at what They do and i Sincerely Appreciate The hard work They do During the Regular Season Why am i doing this Cause we Credit the player etc etc but we forget when hockey games are on we are all Here Together As Family and it is Good to Have a Moderation Team that works together and Gives there Spare time so we have a Place to Chat with other Flames fans on Game Nights Etc Etc Hats off to all of you Ty for your Continued dedication it doesnt Go unnoticed
  8. 7 points
    Looks like it's going to be... About an hour before the game, and lines are still unknown,,, No lines for the Flames yet, so I won't bother to do the Knights because that just wouldn't be right... Here is recent update from the Flames... *** WAITING ON LINES*** GOALTENDERS
  9. 7 points
    So let's Rock and Roll all over the Blues...
  10. 6 points
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  12. 6 points
    VS Nov. 5th 7pm Home at the Dome
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    VS Oct. 22nd 7pm Home at the Dome
  15. 6 points
    VS Oct. 17th 7pm Home at the Dome
  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    VS Oct. 10th 6:30pm American Airlines Center
  18. 6 points
    Dougie Hamilton has 10pts and is -11. Hanifin has 14pts and is +5 hehehe
  19. 6 points
    From numerous players' accounts early on they all say the same thing: "practices are very fast and up tempo", "Peters is a demanding coach", "Peters is a coach that will push you to be better"....those comments, particularly the players from last year who mentioned how fast the practices are, are essentially alluding the fact that that's not how practices were last year. Nor did it seem Gully held players accountable, or pushed them. It seemed - and I don't know for sure - that he cared more about being a nice guy than a good coach. I love that our practices are fast, and the players need to work in practice. That is already translating to a faster, harder working team this year. Another thing that drove me nuts about Gully - and something he flat out admitted - is that he didn't change things up depending on who they were playing or how players were playing. He was so unadaptable. He had his systems, and his game plan, and if the game went sideways he was unable to adapt mid game. Peters seems more than wiling to adapt and at least try out different line combinations, or to try and ice the right players for whoever the opposing coach throws out there. One more thing: I like how Peters 1) holds players accountable, and 2) rewards players. Making Frolik a healthy scratch because Peters see's he's clearly not engaged to where he can be, that's a slap in the face to Frolik, and he's gotta be better when he comes back. Peters saying he needs to find Bennett more ice time, and then actually acting on it and giving Bennett more ice time. Peter's going right back to his young D (Valimaki and Andersson) after a brutal game by them against St. Louis, but he uses it as a learning platform, and instead of sheltering them and limiting ice time in the next game, he had Andersson playing the final minute of a tied game! He seems to reward his players when they deserve it, he has faith in his players and shows it, and he holds players accountable when they are not up to the standard he knows they can be. Those are all things Gully either refused to do or was unable to do. The sample size is real small, but so far I like Peters.
  20. 6 points
    My analysis of Treliving's track record: TRADED 3rd round pick for Brandon Bollig - Poor trade. Bollig is a great guy, but unfortunately, his cap hit and lack of points handcuffed the roster a little bit. Hopefully he has been a good leader for the young guys in the AHL. SIGNED Mason Raymond to a 3 year, $9.5 million dollar contract - Poor signing. Treliving could have done much better. Still paying for the buyout this year and next. Raymond is a great guy, I wish him the best. SIGNED Jonas Hiller to a 2 year, $9 million dollar contract - Meh. He helped us to the playoffs one year, faltered the next, left at free agency. No harm no fowl. SIGNED Deryk Engelland to a 3 year, $8.75 million dollar contract - The AAV seemed a little high at the time, and maybe still does, but his leadership and play was crucial this year, and most probably will continue to be a big factor into the playoffs. Seems to have become a better signing over the course of the contract. RE-SIGNED T.J. Brodie to a 5 year, $23.5 million dollar contract - How did we get him this cheap!?!? What a signing by Treliving! TRADED Curtis Glencross for 2nd round, 3rd round picks - Excellent trade, especially given the fact that Glencross retired that off-season. TRADED Sven Baertschi for 2nd round pick (Rasmus Andersson) - Probably pretty good timing for Treliving. Beartschi had expressed that he did not want to resign with Calgary. While Baertschi is doing reasonably with Vancouver, Andersson looks like he will also be pretty good (if not better). Probably the best we could have hoped for. SIGNED Jakub Nakladal to a 1 year, <$1 million dollar contract - Good player, would have liked to see more of him. RE-SIGNED Mikael Backlund to a 3 year, $10.725 million dollar contract - Like Engelland, the AAV may have seemed a little high at the time, but that has been absolutely disproved this year. One of the most valuable players on the team this year, proving how important it is to have depth down the centre. Like Engelland, the signing seems better over time. TRADED 1st round pick, 2 2nd round picks for Dougie Hamilton - By far, without a doubt, Treliving's best move. Hamilton is an absolute stud, and will be for many years to come. A fantastic addition to a young team. Adds to the core, without removing from it. Saw an advantage with Boston's cap issues, took advantage of it. RE-SIGNED Dougie Hamilton to a 6 year, $34 million dollar contract - Good value for this player. He will do nothing but get better until the end of the contract (barring injury of course). Absolutely fantastic trade and signing. RE-SIGNED Karri Ramo to a 1 year, $3.8 million dollar contract - Not a great signing. Already had Hiller and Ortio, did not really need a third goalie of the same caliber. This moved somewhat handcuffed Hartley, and (in my opinion), was a big reason that Calgary missed the playoffs. SIGNED Michael Frolik to a 5 year, $21.5 million dollar contract - Despite a high AAV, proved that he is a very useful player to the team. Would have liked to see a smaller cap hit, but can't complain too much when he addresses a need and brings value to the team. Also of note that Treliving signed Frolik over Matt Beleskey, which is seeming to be the correct choice. RE-SIGNED Lance Bouma to a 3 year, $6.6 million dollar contract - Overpayment, classic case of getting caught up in heart&soul/one good season. Hopefully this leadership proves useful in the playoffs, would like to get some more value out of this signing. RE-SIGNED Mark Giordano to a 6 year, $40.5 million dollar contract - As much as Giordano brings to this team, the AAV of the signing is high. This contract could very well handcuff the Flames moving forward, especially if Giordano gets injured, slows down etc... For now has good value. Time will tell if it stays this way. WAIVED Paul Byron - Poor decision, especially when looking at this season's production with Montreal. Makes one wonder if it would have been better to keep Byron over the likes of Bouma, Bollig, Raymond, Ramo, etc... TRADED Markus Granlund for Hunter Shinkaruk - Jury is still out on this one. Granlund didn't seem to have a roster spot, but will Shinkaruk? What about expansion draft? Time will tell. TRADED Jiri Hudler for 2nd round pick (Tyler Parsons), 4th round pick - Good trade. Would have liked to see a little more coming back to Calgary, but forwards did not gain a lot of assets at that year's deadline. Also, considering the fact that Hudler has not found his 70+ point form since the trade, looks like a decent result. TRADED Kris Russel for Jyrki Jokkipakka, Brett Pollock, 2nd round pick (Dillon Dube) - Pretty good value for a rental. Probably one of the better trades of the day, Treliving had good timing on this move. TRADED David Jones for Niklas Backstrom, 6th round pick (Matthew Phillips) - Small deal in the grand scheme of things. Well done to get an asset for Jones, maybe he will make the NHL. TRADED Patrick Sieloff for Alex Chiasson - Even though Chiasson hasn't worked out on the top line, glad that Treliving at least took a shot. Relatively small deal. SINGED Troy Brouwer to a 4 year, $18 million dollar contract - This is looking like a poor signing, not because Brouwer is a poor player, but rather because he is being paid like a first liner. Hopefully he steps up and his leadership shines through during the playoffs. SIGNED Chad Johnson to a 1 year, $1.7 million dollar contract - Good signing, he has played as expected. Reasonable cap hit. SIGNED Kris Versteeg to a 1 year, <$1 million dollar contract - Fantastic signing, very well done by Treliving. RE-SIGNED Sean Monahan to a 7 year, $44.6 million dollar contract - Signing needed to happen, probably came in the right price. Certainly didn't get a steal like he did with Brodie, but did not overpay either. Happy with signing as you gotta pay your first line centre. RE-SIGNED Johnny Gaudreau to a 6 year, $40.5 million dollar contract - Took too long to sign, but paid the right price for him. Good signing. SIGNED Matt Bartkowski to a 2 year, $1.3 million dollar contract - Great signing as he slides in to the third paring quite well. Perhaps more importantly, his signing ensures that Calgary does not have to expose one of Brodie, Giordano, or Hamilton at the expansion draft. Very crafty move by Treliving. TRADED 3rd round pick, conditional 5th round pick for Michael Stone - Fantastic trade. Stone slides in very nicely on the second pairing, and gives Calgary some much needed depth on defense. Also acquired for a very low price. In fact, some GMs around the league were surpised that a relatively young RHS defenseman got moved so early for so little. Once again, Treliving saw an opportunity and took it. TRADED Jyrki Jokkipakka, 2nd round pick for Curtis Lazar, Michael Kostka - Obviously way too early to tell, but in my opinion, a great (and underated move). Lazar has been a leader throughout his career, a can play centre or the wing. Hopefully he will find some chemistry with Bennett. Also nice to see that Treliving did not overspend on Vrbata/Burrows/Hansen/Vanek/insert rental here. Crafty move. *Also of note, Treliving gave a two year extension to Hartley, fired him after one year, and hired Glen Gulutzan. I will let you decide for yourselves how to interpret this decision. Something that Treliving seems to do consistently well is assess the trade market. He has a knack for swooping in on other teams, and grabbing their excess wealth for a very reasonable price (see Hamilton, Stone, Lazar). Also with trades, he seems to know when to pull the trigger. In other words, he gets pretty good value out of trades, not acting too early or too late (see Glencross, Hudler, Russel, Stone). I think Treliving's ability to trade is superior to many other NHL GMs. I am very impressed by Treliving's ability to trade. Treliving also has a tendency of giving out large contracts on useful, but not elite players (see Engelland, Frolik, and to a lesser extent, Brouwer). I have no issue with these players nor their contracts, so long as they keep being useful to the team. It is clear that Treliving knows how to build a team, but part of me wonders if this will handcuff the team in a few years time, when they will inevitably need to acquire one last piece to put them over the top. That said, this is a few years away, and therefore the team has time. Also, the depth of this team will be very useful in the playoffs and this cannot be overlooked. Therefore, I am cautiously optimistic about Treliving's ability to sign free agents. In terms of Treliving's ability to resign players, he has resigned essentially everybody that he needs to. He got a steal of a deal on Brodie, and he paid about the right amount on Monahan (could have been better, could have been worse, see above). While he did take a long time to sign Gaudreau, he eventually got it done for about the right price (like Monahan, could have been better, could have been worse). I my estimation the Giordano contract was a little lofty, but I guess you gotta pay your captain. All in all, I am satisfied with Treliving's ability to resign his players. This leaves drafting as the last category for assessment. While I did not take the time to look at all of draft picks under Treliving's watch, he has drafted the likes of Sam Bennett, Brandon Hickey, Andrew Mangiapane, Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington, Adam Fox, Dillon Dube, Tyler Parsons, and Matthew Tkachuk. There are evidently some promising prospects in there, but only time will tell how good they are. That said, I am encouraged by Treliving's ability to draft. Evidently Treliving, like every other GM in the league has had some mistakes. Thankfully, he has not done anything that gravely jeopardizes the team for years to come. In fact, I believe he has done the complete opposite. Even more exciting is that Treliving's most questionable moves came at the start of his tenure, when he was still feeling out the team (a team which had just finished near the bottom of the standings). Treliving came in and did an admirable job, and is in position to have take this team to the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years. Evidently this is not all Treliving's doing - Feaster and better drafting deserve credit here - but nonetheless, Treliving has shown his ability to manage the hockey time. More than that, he has done it very well. Considering all of these factors, I think Treliving absolutely deserves an extension. He has earned the right to keep building this team, hopefully into a Stanley Cup winner.
  21. 5 points
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  23. 5 points
    VS Nov. 3rd 5pm CAPITAL ONE ARENA
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  27. 5 points
    Rest in peace FF52. We were two of a few who shared a love for good tough defensive hockey. I'll miss his posts. It was obvious his love for his 3 teams. I will retire his chair and fridge on the bandwagon bus. Everyone raise a beer for a true Flames fan if you haven't already
  28. 5 points
    This has been bothering me for awhile: The Vegas Model. It's not a model, they're playing the game the way it's supposed to be played. Keep your sticks moving the puck North. Quick stops and starts, none of this big sweeping curve coming back. Put on the breaks and get hustling back on the backcheck. I can't stand the big sweeping curve. It's lazy and looks a lot like frustration. You lose the puck, hammer on the brakes, get back there and get it back, with all of your might. Gallant taught a bunch of throwaways, "hey boys, this is how you play hockey". And that's all it is to me. The league isn't doing it, so these guys look like superstars. Maybe we don't need a shakeup, but a wakeup. This has bothered me even before Vegas. That $5mil guy, for me, isn't worth that $1mil guy that plays his heart out. That's what pro hockey is. Feel like you should get preferential treatment as a high pick/jr star/scorer? Get lost. This league is about putting everything out there in 45 second stints. Lose your ego. Want to act all put out because things didn't go your way? There's a hundred guys behind you, maybe less talented, but won't do that, so get your head out of your Hash Rate. Washington beat Vegas because they are far more skilled. Gallant just showed everyone how hockey is supposed to be played, the way he played. There is no feeling woe is me, get on your horse and stay on it. This isn't magic, it's called hard work. The league has been pretty lazy for too long. It's over. The kids coming up are blazing and coached better and better with each passing year. No more lazy or frustrated sweeping turns, thank god. It's nothing more than hard work. After that, it's good health, luck and bounces. If you have a team that doesn't understand the level of hard work, get rid of them at all costs.
  29. 5 points
    In defense of GG, when your shooting % is as low as ours was it is in part due to bad luck, injuries, and poor confidence rather than an issue with the systems being played. We could have gone into next season without changing a thing and possibly made the playoffs (not saying that's a wise strategy, just a distinct possibility). That said, in my mind the nail in the coffin was the home record. Home ice advantage isn't just a saying, and while the effects are statistically not enormous, they are still supposed to be present. Sleeping in your own bed, familiarity of the facilities and ice, and the big one (for coaches anyway) being last change. The home team is generally able to get the line match-ups they want more often than their opponents, yet given that opportunity we actually performed worse. This team came out flat almost every home game this season, fell behind early, would crater in the face of adversity, and generally just play from behind all the time. Sure,we outplay the opposition most nights, but when you basically spot the other team 1-2 goals every game before you start playing, it's tough to succeed. And these problems were definitely worse at home, when the coach theoretically has more control over the flow of the game.
  30. 5 points
    I completely agree with you with the exception on pairing Brodie with Hamilton. Gio covered for Hamilton's mistakes and Hamonic covered for Brodie's mistakes. Brodie and Hamonic combo is like watching a bad marriage trying to be together when in fact, divorce is the best things for them. I'm surprised that GG did not try to put, Brodie with Stone, and Kulak with Hamonic, and spread the D evenly for these two pairs rather than forcing them into #3 and #4 Ds respectively. GG logic and decision making is questionable all season. I think that the entire coaching staffs should be gone this summer and one player at the top of list to be traded is Brodie.
  31. 4 points
    Love it or hate it he’s a Flame! There’s almost no one who’s terribly excited about the trade however let’s welcome Milan with some open arms and minds!...because hating on him isn’t helping anyone! Consider the potential of having Tkachuk AND Lucic on the ice...a top pest with a top goon could really be a handful for teams to handle. This gives a little more free reign to our smaller skilled players like J. Hockey but it could allow players like Tkachuk to elevate the intangibles they bring....a fearless Tkachuk will only help him live up to the value of his upcoming contract extension. Lucic adds another net presence we need, we need someone to clear the crease and he could be useful on the PP, he’s hard to take off the puck and he’s a screen for our shooters to use. His physical presence goes without saying. He hits and he fights and talks smack. It’s an element the Flames lacked, he’s not cheap but he’s atleast elite in these categories. He’s sure to be motivated. Edmonton is a graveyard for careers, he’s still young enough to be productive and be effective in his own end. He also knows Mcd and Leon’s tendencies....he could be a great for game planning against those Coilers. End of of the day Lucic at $5.25M is still better than $6M, cheaper than Neal now and if he’s not scoring he’s atleast bringing a physical skill to the team. Maybe yelling out “Loooooch” will be more fun than we think....
  32. 4 points
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    Probably the most candid interview I've seen Peters give since he's been here. Pretty funny stuff, but also very accurate. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/peters-you-play-sh-tty-defence-good-luck-getting-out-of-your-own-end~1810040
  34. 4 points
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    in the 88/89 Stanley Cup season.. Lanny Mc Donald.. played 51 games.. scored 11 goals and had 18 points.... He was a hero.. James Neal.. you too can be a hero ..
  36. 4 points
    I think 'the code' is out of date, or misunderstood by the players themselves. I get tired of seeing retaliation for good, clean hits. I totally understand when the hit is high, late, or uncalled for (Dumba's hit on Backlund with the clock ticking down and the game sealed) why there might be a price to pay, because that is about respect (or lack there of). But normal hits along the boards, or big open ice hits in a tight game are just part of the game. Players should respect that, regardless of whether a star player is involved. Meanwhile, as you say MAC, slashing seems to be a-ok all day long. Slashing should not be part of the game imo, and is nothing more than an attempt to injure other players. That's a true sign of disrespect, and should be punished more than it is.
  37. 4 points
    Smith has been answering the call as part of the Goalie answer for us. I don't see BT making a change. Now get BSD back I for a few games.
  38. 4 points
    TJ Brodie tied for the league lead in plus minus +16!! Credit where credit is due.
  39. 4 points
    Sigalet's track record speaks for itself, and so far he is batting zero... But the law of averages say's that sooner or later at least one of the goalies will succeed even if his goaltending coach is a bonehead... That goalie will know what to agree with because he already knew it, and what to ignore... Maybe Rittich is that goalie... It's not that simple, and being an old goalie, I just don't see it like that... Prior to Rittich, every single goalie the Flames have had since Sigalet started has declined... I would have to think that Smith has been around too long, and he was too good a goalie to be led down the wrong path by a mediocre goalie coach... But perhaps circumstances have changed things... There are two things that I believe are more of a factor in Smith's decline... Age and his injury last season... Coming back from a groin injury can be difficult even for a younger goalie... Even earlier this season, you could see the change in how he would get up off the ice... From watching him play this season, I have no doubt that he has tried to adapt his style to compensate... and that can be a very difficult thing to do at any age... You can see it in the way he sits back in the net more and doesn't come out to challenge and eliminate angles like he used to, among other things... That said, none of us really knows the whole story behind it for sure, but If Sigalet was trying to help him adapt, and if Smith was listening, it sure didn't work... Sigalet was pushing for Smith to get starts even when he was obviously struggling, and those starts turned into further decline and a .876 SV% and a 3.48 GAA for stats so far this season... and that happened while they had the goalie that Sigalet didn't think should get the start with a .933 SV% and a 1.92 GAA sitting on the bench, so Sigalet loses some credibility for that as well ... Maybe Sigalet didn't think that Rittich was listening to his advice, and that is why he was pushing for Smith to get the starts and not Rittich, as I said, none of us know the whole story... It is also less of a risk for Sigalet to recommend Smith because of his past performance over his career... I still think that Smith can get back into form, maybe not as good as he was at his peak, but certainly better than he has been since his injury, but he needs time, and points are too precious to work out the kinks when games are on the line... Now they don't really have much choice but to give Rittich some more starts and find out if he can be the solution...
  40. 4 points
    Gio always seems to cover Monahans Hash Rate down low in the d-zone. A first line Center in my mind is Peter Forsberg. Battle low against bigger wingers and get the puck. Mony is instinctive and has a big hockey IQ but is a Double Spend. He's, 210 pounds but is scared to be physical. Stick check stuff to not be physical. Backs battles on the boards and knows his assignments. Sammy would be a good first liner cause he's fearless and doesn't make Gio cover his Hash Rate. Johnny is more physical then Mony. 4 surgeries for Mony at years end is beyond me.
  41. 4 points
    The sad fact seems to be that with every passing year, it's harder and harder for working middle class families to even afford to join hockey. Nevermind being able to keep up with the expenses of a higher tier traveling team.
  42. 4 points
    Read the rumour a few hours ago, hope for the best. Since I've only watched him playing for the national team, my views and assessment of him are certainly limited. Yasin is a relentless player, who works really hard in the corners, despite his smaller size. He is a good 2way player and a fast skater, A LH shot who can play both wings. Might be a bit more of a playmaker than goalscorer, though he can play in basically every situation the coaches put him in. I'm probably overrating him a bit, but I don't think he is a worse player then a Tobias Rieder. Maybe not quite as fast, but a bit more creative in the O-zone. So depending on what happens with our current forward personal, I think he could be a bottom 6 guy here if everything works out. However, as with every player coming from Europe, we don't know how fast/good he'll adapt to the North American style and culture. Maybe he surpises in trainig camp or he'll start in the AHL and gets more comfortable down in Stockton. Sinced he played the last few seasons for the Nuernberg Ice Tigers, maybe fellow member cfreining, who seems to be located in the area has more detailed infos/opinions on Ehliz.
  43. 4 points
    He does not address the players in the dressing room after a loss. Think about that for a minute.... He said so himself, because he does not want to speak in anger.... That alone tells me he wants to be popular and does not want to hurt any feelings. There can be no other reason This coach will never be all we need because he does not want conflicts.. Add to this he gets results when he finally does vent some frustration you think he would learn and adapt? Nooooooo. He remains stubborn to a fault keeping LHS and RHS playing on their proper wings. Both D and Wingers have to conform to playing on the side they shoot even if they have played off wing or off side for years(Brodie). It is easier to accept and make passes and control the boards if you are on your proper wing you see.... (that is the so called theory) Brodie for example has gone from a Norris consideration Defenseman, to a "lets trade him" player because of 2 changes inflicted on him by this coaching staff.. He no longer plays with Gio and he must play the left side....... Same defenseman with different results.
  44. 4 points
    ya Know , I am usually not that guy.. Ive never been a big believer in "Fire the coach " to fix your problems. I agreed with the Hartley Firing , still do But Man , if we miss the playoffs? I do not see how he keeps his job I like the Guy , I really do. I love the fact we are no longer a dump-it-in-and-go-chase it team. I like that we don't see shot blocking as the #1 defensive skill His vision of what the team should play like is bang on , and the way we should play (its winning cups in Pittsburgh) But what I'm seeing is he has ZERO ability to manage players 50 games , and forced by injury to think of actually putting one of your best weapons on the 1st powerplay Constantly playing players with almost no goals in "desperately need a goal " situations Nearly 2 seasons done and this team has no identity No sense of earning your ice time, always Given Treats games and overtime like a playoff season (Just get in , then anything can happen !) Thats what it comes down to, lack of player management skills . I totally see why BT hired him, his vision of what this team should play like is bang on , but he has no ability to put the right horses in that system This team should be battling Vegas for 1st , not mired in a playoff lottery Again , I don't believe Hartley would have done much better , so not regretting the Hartley firing , but at least under him we had an identity.. we busted our humps each and every night BT has to answer the higher ups, he has given us a goaltender , he has given us on paper one of the best blue lines in the league , he's given us a farm team that actually has available call ups.. so when he's getting ripped a new one by Murray Edwards, how can he not be saying coaching is the issue ? if we miss the playoffs ? I dont think BT has a choice ..there's a very good chance Joel Quenneville is done in Chicago, and if he is , GG's phone should ring minutes after thats announced with an invitation to come to the office for a chat .
  45. 4 points
    But how many times have you seen Hamonic defending 2 guys by himself, Brodie off who knows where. Hamonic has not look great but he also has not looked bad, he has been made to look bad by his partner. That said you can say the same of Gio and Ham, Hamilton left with 3 guys in the area last night , no Gio or center to be found. Than you have Hamilton lose the puck off his skate and with no desire try to get back in the play. There are HUGE issue on the back end, but overall assessment Brodie has been the worst of them all but still gets the most ice time!!
  46. 4 points
    If last night was any indication, Brodie looks pretty comfortable with his new parter already. That was probably Brodie's best game as a Flame, he was dominant out there. It was really nice to see him shoot too, last year he was far too willing to pass off shots. Thru the first two games he has been doing a far better job of getting the puck through from the point. Defensively that pairing still looks a little disjointed at times, but it will come, both players are too good to not figure it out.
  47. 4 points
    to be blunt, who cares if he isn't a number one stud Dman? There are what, maybe 10-12 of those in the league? Given what the Flames gave up via trade and what they are paying him he doens't need to be. I think we have some very unrealistic expecations if people are going to be upset that Hamilton may not be a #1 stud dman but yet recognize he is a top 3 dman and a very good one at that.
  48. 4 points
    For the most part I think people tend to side with the player anyway and when you consider this is the more popular player since Iggy was in his prime it compounds it. The vast majority of fans I don't think care about numbers they just want to see him signed and could care less if it cost 8 million becuase they don't care nor understand the salary cap. That is not a slight to any fan, I just think most fans of any sport are fans because of the game, not the business of it. The only leverage Gross has is to hold Johnny out of games or maybe he puts enough heat on Treliving that he cracks. What Gross has put out there to me is an agent that is starting to feel a little desperate and is trying to use what little power he has to get Calgary to budge on their offer. I would recommend to anyone who cares about this negotiation to go to the fan website (I beleive the post their segments bur correct me if i'm wrong?) and listen to the chat they had with Friedman today. It was really good stuff, not only becuase Friedman shared some good insight but also I thought Warrner was great. Warrener talked about his holdout and how his agent at the time sold him on how great it was and how it was going to work and basically hinted that if he could do it all over again he never would have held out becuase the day you miss that paycheque is such a sad, sad day and at the end of the day wasn't worth it. It was a very intresting segment becuase they had both sides of the equation.
  49. 4 points
    As good as Johnny is on the ice, he really seems like he is a better person off the ice. After having one of the classiest people in the game here in Iginla for so many years, it is nice to know guys like Gaudreau, Giordano and Monahan are here to carry that torch of being quality people on and off the ice. The thing that made me really think of this was the way Johnny went out of his way to meet and talk to the little boy, whose mom had played a mean April Fool's Day prank on him, by saying that Johnny asked to be traded from Calgary, the boy ended up in tears. The Flames posted the video on twitter, to which Johnny responded "Don't worry bud I'm not going anywhere". He then met with them after the Edmonton game and signed a picture for the young fan. That makes me more proud that he is a member of the Flames than all the points he puts up, though I like those too.
  50. 4 points
    Maybe I am off base, but I look at Russel in the same light as Schlemko. A good 5/6 D-man. Nothing special. We may be using him as a #3, but I think that is wrong. He doesn't give you 20+ minutes of quality. He gives you about 14 minutes. I don't consider paying him $4m for that. He is the equivalent of Bouma on defense. Does some good things, is a warrior, plays his heart out, but is not the guy to anchor the team. Trade him while his perceived value is at its highest. It may hurt short-term, but not in the long run. Much like losing Wideman to suspension, we have a negative in part of the game, but a positive somewhere else.
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