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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. 8 points
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    VS Oct. 31st 6pm BRIDGESTONE ARENA
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 6 points
    VS Nov. 5th 7pm Home at the Dome
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    VS Oct. 22nd 7pm Home at the Dome
  10. 6 points
    VS Oct. 17th 7pm Home at the Dome
  11. 6 points
    Dougie Hamilton has 10pts and is -11. Hanifin has 14pts and is +5 hehehe
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    VS Nov. 3rd 5pm CAPITAL ONE ARENA
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    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
  18. 4 points
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    VS Nov. 16th 2pm Gila River Arena
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  24. 4 points
    What I've seen through 5 games is a team that ASSUMES they are good enough to be a playoff team without bringing the work boots. You know the saying about ASSUME, it makes a you know what out of you and me... Flames had a great regular season last year, but won't surprise anyone this year. This league is also so tightly contested that you can't afford ti bring subpar efforts very often, points are too valuable, make teams beat you by them playing well not from a weak Flames effort. Hate to say it but the Oilers are a good example, their underlying numbers and weak competition will catchup to them, but they are winning games, working hard and have a real nice start under their belts
  25. 4 points
  26. 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.
  27. 4 points
    Well yesterday was amazing. Although we lost a hard, contested battle to the Jets, at the end of the game I physically shared a cheers to ff52 aka Larry with 2 other posters. Amazing how common interest strangers become new found friends! Now I can breath a bit easier that FlyerFan is a legacy, not only as a poster, but as a person. Sorrow from us all from the one (you know who you are!) that couldn't make the trip for a legitimate reason and our thoughts are with you too. Special thanks to the gracious host and hostess. I made it back in record time, lol. That was a special day for me. Thanks guys and gal, I hope it meant as much to you as it did to me. *insert joke* And we didn't get all out of it and break stuff, lol. Hi to Opie!!
  28. 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.
  29. 4 points
    TJ Brodie tied for the league lead in plus minus +16!! Credit where credit is due.
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    I have mentioned this numerous times as recently as last night. This club for years has no moxie and hatred. Outside of Gaudreau, Lindholm, GIo, Ritter, Hammer it's a crapshoot who shows up. For example Chuckys best game was against the Kings, Cause he hates Dough Head. I find in this NEW NHL boring lacking and physical intensity and hatred. Funny best game last year was the 1st one against the coilers, everyone loved that kind of hockey but yet its not encouraged for style. IMHO you have a roster of players that do not have a hatred of losing. I love the drive and emotion of JH as he may be small but is competitive. We have to many that have been either watered down by systems/ teaching or just lack that competitive spirit. So your constantly line juggling to find a spark, how many times have we heard that. THis team needs anyone to drag them in to battle, Chucky was good at that, maybe fat wallets lead to piss poor work ethic.
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    The team needs more Bennetts and not less. Hes fast, skilled and not afraid to be gritty. Hopefully hes given more minutes with skilled players this season. Id really like to see him on the right side of the 2nd line.
  36. 3 points
    I thought Phillips and Gawdin looked good again tonight, but they should. I thought that was one of the best games I have seen from Ruzicka, hopefully he can keep it up. Another strong game from Pospisil, I really like his game, he is physical, knows how to get under the skin of the opponent, there is enough offense there to get him to the show. I thought Yelesin stood out a bit more tonight. It will be interesting to see what he does at main camp. Wolf moves so well in the net and reads the play extremely well.
  37. 3 points
    I hear ya JTech... Lucic hasn't been putting up points for the last 2 seasons, but at least he still made some positive contributions to the Oil with his defensive play... If we look at some stats from last season, the Coilers allowed 5.3 fewer shot attempts and .70 fewer goals per 60 minutes (5v5) when Lucic was on the ice... Both stats were among the best on the team... He was 7th in the league with 259 hits for an average of 3.37 a game... As for his Corsi for % last season, he still had had 50.72, making that 12 seasons in a row he's been above 50%... and that is pretty impressive... I'll put a couple of stat charts below to compare Neal and Lucic last season... and that is more of the point here... I am not expecting Lucic to do what he did in Boston, but I do expect that he will make a bigger contribution to the Flames than Neal did... We all know that both Neal and Lucic are on bad contracts, but at least I can think of a few things where I can reasonably expect Lucic to bring some positives to the team, and I really can't come up with much of anything positive to say about Neal for his time with the Flames last season... Lucic had 23 goals and 27 assist in his first season with the Oil in 2016-17, and even though I certainly wouldn't bet he'll get back to that level, maybe if we are lucky he can improve on his point totals for the last couple of seasons enough to make us all feel a lot better about the trade...
  38. 3 points
    Lucic is looking a little more trim coming into camp this year, judging from the video on the main site. Also from listening to Peters interview on the 960 this morning, have to like that Lucic asked to play a ton of pre season games so that the coach can best judge how to use him. Most vets don't want to play any pre season games, so that he wants to play a lot is a good sign. I realize that he isn't going to be an impact player the way he used to be, but you at least have to give it to the guy for coming to Calgary with the right attitude, something Neal didn't do from the get go.
  39. 3 points
    I'd like to add a list of players who should have had astronomical value. Gretzky, Messier, Thornton, Jagr. None got any type of haul. The minute BT picks up the phone to shop him is the minute another GM would question why and offer less. If someone offers you something of good value how many people would not view the seller as desperate and offer less. I believe if we traded Johnny or Gio tomorrow the return would be less than most here expect.
  40. 3 points
    This move was about saving 12 million in actual dollars and about removing a poor fit from the team. The silver lining is that Lucic might be a better fit in the bottom 6. This wasn't about upgrading the roster, particularly in the top 6.
  41. 3 points
    Alright I am on the Phillip Tomasino bandwagon. Though I don't really get why he is being ranked as low as he is, and would expect him to be gone by our pick. He has elite skating ability, very good shot and very good hands. He is a RHS C who won't turn 18 till after the draft. He was 2nd amongst all draft eligible CHL players in 5v5 points and 1st in points/60.
  42. 3 points
    We seem to be inventing problems for a first round exit. Mony has been one of the team's best scorers, but now he doesn't play "heavy" enough. He shouldn't have to. Heavy is bottom 6 guys and our depth, although skilled, isn't heavy. At the start of the year, everyone seemed to want 4 scoring lines and that seems to be how the team was built. I beg everyone remember, this was our first kick at the cat. We don't need to go crazy moving a bunch of pieces imo. Stay the course and don't over react. It's disappointing, but if we're being honest, were we ready to kick aphids in the playoffs? Not yet. Take your beating, move on with the experience. Most champ teams go through it.
  43. 3 points
    I gotta say I'm with Mac on this.. except I dont think hes as tradeable unless we give up salary or sweeteners and If I were BT Id be unwilling to do that I would put a bulk of the blame on the team and coach here Neal is not Brouwer.. hes not a player who had a good year , and got paid for it . you don't forget that over 1 summer But the backlash was that they expected him to just " work himself out of it ".. there should have been more effort made to helping him work out of it - put him on the top line when games are in hand - ditto more prominent role on the 1st power play I disagree that Peters put him in good situations - I saw him on the PP many times where the puck never got anywhere near his position , he'd be in the middle and the play went around the perimeter - Neal is a shooter .. he needs to be given the puck . his job is to be where the pass is going to be given to him.. Jankowski, his center for most of the year , is also a shooter we also finished 2nd in the league with him on the roster , we have the luxury of being able to work with him more
  44. 3 points
    One positive from last night was Valimaki, I thought he looked very good out there. Poised with the puck, there was no panic in his game, and the stage wasn't too big for him, very good signs for next year and for his future on the blueline.
  45. 3 points
    Very sad news. RIP Larry. Thank you to Carty and Pyro for all of your work, very kind and thoughtful. I will have a drink for him tonight.
  46. 3 points
    19 games left. 11 @ home 12 vs non playoff teams Should be able to ride this to 1st place in the Western Conference.
  47. 3 points
    This man deserves more credit! His work down in Adirondack/Stockton has really built a nice foundation for player development. He worked his way up to the big leagues and I'm glad the Flames understood it's a process and didn't give up on Huska. He's done a great job this year running our defense and he's likely going to be a name coming up for head coaching consideration in a few years with his current trajectory. I'll quickly list some players he's had a hand in developing. Mark Jankowsi-Full time NHLer, young, strong 2 way centreman with upside. Top 9 potential Dillon Dube-Future full time NHLer, skilled with leadership, responsible C with offensive upside and potential top 6 role Andrew Mangiapane-Currently full time NHLer, non stop motor like winger, plays with an edge and is good along the boards, offensive upside Jusso Valimaki-Future NHLer. Cool as school under any situation, defensive defenseman with a good shot and PP potential. Top 4 potential Oliver Kylington-Current full time NHLer, elite skating, offensive ability and has GREATLY improved his defensive game. Draft steal. Top 4 potential Rasmus Andersson-Full time NHLer, turning into an absolute steal at the draft, poise, responsible, great shot, offensive skill. Top 2 potential Garnet Hathaway-Full time NHLer, gritty winger with size, physical element, underrated offensive upside. Top 9 potential David Rittich-Full time NHLer. Starting goalie for the majority of this season. Top 5 goalie potential, Vezina like when he's on his game. Its an impressive sampling of some of the players he's helped develop/coach. It's even more impressive the way the 3 rookie D-men in Valimaki, Andersson and Kylington have shown. It's rare for a team to possess this many young, in house developed NHL ready d men. Overall, just wanted to give Huska a shout as he's turning into one of the best assets in the organization.
  48. 3 points
    Personally I don’t want anything to do with hagelin. He’s got some speed but outside of that I don’t think he moves the needle much. It’s maybe a marginal improvement. We should target someone who would project to make a more significant improvement to our bottom 6. Depth scoring for instance.
  49. 3 points
    lol you are hilarious. Washington got Jakub Jerabek and Michal Kempny. Kempny played a big role on their blueline, even though they had Madison Bowey who was a highly thought of rookie who played 51 games in the regular season. Too bad they didn't win the Cup though... Vegas picked up Tomas Tatar and Ryan Reaves at the deadline. The year before that Pittsburgh picked up Ron Hainsey at the deadline. The deadline before that they picked up Justin Schultz. In 2015 Chicago brought in Vermette, Timonen, and Desjardins. In 2014 LA picked up Gaborik and McNabb. Tell me when to stop...
  50. 3 points
    Reboot. Cruikshank with an article on paywall Athletic about Chuky being a hockey junkey, always watching. Keith, quoted, in the article: “I used to say all the time to Matthew and his brother, ‘Whatever you do, I want you to watch only one player — Pavel Datsyuk.’ That's awfully good advice, lol. Still the only guy that caught JG admiring his pass, lol. Good coachable moment.
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