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  1. That's the thing, though. There is no context when a white person can use the N word. It was the same way ten years ago. If he said it he needs to own it and he needs to face the consequences.
  2. This season is only two months old and it is a complete embarrassment. The franchise is a joke right now. On the outside looking in at the playoffs, worse than the Oilers, can't score, pillow soft, cap jail, and now the coach is probably going to be fired for dropping the N word. The only positive is the idea that Conroy might start helping out behind the bench. There has been so much doom and gloom around the team this year. I think that Conroy's positivity could only help. I say make Ward the interim head coach and add Conroy as an assistant.
  3. I don't understand why Quine was sent down instead of Jankowski. Quine is playing as well as Jankowski. If they send Jankowski down and keep Quine in the press box the Flames save a few bucks towards the cap. Jankowski can go work on his game. It's a win-win.
  4. Best wishes to TJ and his family. Get well soon.
  5. I don't think that was a sucker punch on Sherwood. He was poking at the goalie and should expect to be challenged. He has to ready in that situation. I think he took a dive trying to draw a penalty.
  6. I am glad the league suspended Lowry. That was a really dangerous hit. In another thread I asked if Lucic should have gone after Lowry. If the league is handing out suspensions like this, the Flames don't need to dish out vigilante justice.
  7. That was a bad hit on Killington and nobody on the Flames did anything about it. When the refs only call a two minute minor on a play like that the players probably need to take matters into their own hands. Should Lucic have gone after Lowry in the third period?
  8. I am late chiming in, but if I recall correctly, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle went to the AHL because of an NHL lockout. The AHL was the best league they could have played in while the NHL was shut down. That is a different situation than sending Bennett down after a relatively successful rookie season in the NHL. I used to think Bennett has to earn his opportunities. Now I realize how difficult it is to do a good job when you aren't allowed to make mistakes. Every time Bennett makes a mistake he seems to get bumped down the lineup or has his ice time cut. I'm sure it really hard for Bennett to relax/focus when he has no margin for error. Not a recipe for success. However, he really needs to cut out the bad penalties. There is no excuse for such a lack of discipline.
  9. The Flames have only played 6 games, so there is plenty of time to fix things. My concern is "how are they going to fix it?" Gaudreau and Tkachuk are scoring. Monahan and Lindholm have a little room for improvement. Maybe they can add a goal per game between the two of them? The other 8 forwards are contributing nothing. 4 points in 6 games. That is awful and leaves a lot of room for improvement. How much will they improve? Can they add a goal per game? This is where I am concerned. Obviously these guys aren't going to put up zeros every game, but they may put up zeros more often than not. It's not like they are generating many chances. I went to bed after the second period last night, but other than Backlund missing the net on a breakaway I don't remember much in the way of secondary scoring chances.
  10. Am I the only person who doesn't see how Reider would improve the team? I hope I'm wrong, but he is another smallish forward with below average hands. Cheap two way contract, so maybe he ends up in the minors?
  11. I don't feel that the team has improved over the summer. It hasn't gotten worse, either. I expect a similar result to last year. A good regular season.
  12. If I was lucky enough to be in Tkachuk's shoes, I would be asking for as much money as I could get for the following reasons: 1. Being a pro athlete is hard on the body and careers can end at any time. You never truly know if you will get the chance to negotiate another big money contract. 2. Taking a discount to allow the team to sign better players, while altruistic, can be a huge risk. - Will the team sign better players, or will it spend money on free agents like James Neal and Troy Brouwer? - Will the team take advantage of their opportunities or will they roll over and die in the playoffs (like last year)? - Even if the GM is able to assemble a really good team because you left money on the table, that doesn't guarantee anything. Many things beyond the team's control have to go right for a team to win a Cup - no key injuries, the playoff bracket (i.e. the Leafs drawing the Bruins in the first round last year), running into a hot goaltender, etc.
  13. I made a few changes. I think Kylington and Mangiapane will make it and Bennett will have a long career in the NHL. I moved Rittich up a notch, but this is one I am less sure about. Can he stay healthy?
  14. The current US tv deal provides $200MM USD a year. The Canadian deal provides over $400MM cdn per year. The American deal is a ten year deal. I don't think it is unreasonable to expect the US deal to double, or get to $500MM, but adding an extra billion a year seams like a longshot.
  15. Best wishes to everyone. Get well soon!
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