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  1. Gaudreau doesn't have to be a tough guy. Maybe he just needs to stop screaming at and/or giving the refs the stink eye every single time someone gives him a slash. If just once he would cross the line (like Sid did when he chopped off that defensman's finger tip) he might make players think twice about testing him. You don't have to be big or strong to injure someone with a hockey stick - you just have to be willing to do it. I am not condoning a lord of the flies scenario, but if the refs are letting things slide he may have to take advantage of the relaxed officiating. I have been around for a while. A small player the Flames gave up on was Martin. St. Louis...we all know how that ended.
  2. Fault of the player for never, ever standing up for himself. Gaudreau has 88 pims in 5 seasons. He is obviously not here to take penalties, but that is only a minor every 9 games (I don't recall him ever taking a major or a misconduct). I don't question his drive, he seems to be super competitive. But, nobody thinks twice about taking shots at him because he rarely retaliates and he never initiates. If Gaudreau is taking slashes on the hands in a game that Colorado is leading 6-2 or 5-1, it might be time for him to start chopping wood. Colorado players (and players from other teams) might think twice about slashing Gaudreau if the Avs lost Landeskog for the rest of the playoffs because Johnny broke Gabby's hand. Monahan was nominated for the Lady Byng. That is an honour as an individual. Johnny is a prime candidate for the lady byng, except he is constantly whining to the refs. If your two best players (or two out of three if you feel Tkachuk belongs there) are pacifists, then you might want to surround them with some size/physicality. The nhl/referees obviously want the playoffs to be physical/chippy. Most other teams understand that. Are the Flames management like Justin Trudeau - naively leading the world to a better place at all costs? I am not in the camp for blowing up the team. I think they are close to making a long playoff run. However, they need to add a player or two with size (who can actually win a puck battle and crash the net), speed (not 4th line plugs) and who are physical (unlike Jankowski). Easier said than done, but I don't think the current roster can have success in April/May.
  3. I hope tampa bay feels like they had a Stanley Cup stolen from them by the referees.
  4. If the Avs are a dirty team the NHL is becoming a house league. A couple wacks on Gaudreau were the only things I saw that were cheap plays. The unfortunate thing is that the Flames do nothing more than whine to the refs. Gaudreau might want to invest in some better quality gloves, or he needs to start dishing it out. This team is pillow soft.
  5. I was unpopular earlier this year for saying that this team needs a first line centre to be a contender. The Flames proved me very wrong during the regular season, but the playoffs are showing that I wasn't way out in left field. I think they need a number 1 centre or a top end two way centre for the second number line next year. That would bump Backlund to the third line where he would be a really strong player.
  6. I think you may have coached me at some point.
  7. I get/agree with what you are saying except for the part about their inability to backcheck. The only thing preventing them from backchecking is effort.
  8. Hard pass on Kadri. No discipline and is too small for the role he tries to play. I haven't been a fan since he cost Canada a gold in the World Jr. Championships.
  9. I thought the Flames would be fighting for a wild card spot this year. I was really wrong. This turned out to be a really fun season. Go Flames Go!
  10. Landeskog played ~ the last 5 games of the season and scored a point a game. Seems to be reasonably healthy.
  11. Why is game 2 so late? I don't ever recall an 8:30 start at the Dome.
  12. Jaret Stoll refused to sign with the Flames and then re-entered the draft. He was coming from the WHL, but same idea.
  13. Fantenberg would get my vote. He is a third pairing guy that you barely notice - in a good way. He doesn't seem to make many mistakes and simply gets the job done. No drama. I think he has been a great pickup.
  14. Fox was drafted in the third round in 2016. Only two players drafted in that round have played more than one game. These are generally marginal players. Not anything to get too excited about. Besides, this loophole is open to pretty much everyone. Nobody forced these kids to play in the CHL. Anyone good enough to be drafted in the higher rounds would have been good enough to get a scholarship to a US college
  15. What about my other point? If you are targeting a handful of teams at draft, as a player, why not be forthcoming? A team wastes a pick on you, so you can tuck it away as a, "last resort". As I said earlier, the appearance is deceit I see your point, but what's to say the team would listen? It's an extreme example, but Quebec still drafted Lindros. Sports and the military are the only careers where your employer owns you. Opting out of that system doesn't bother me.
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