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Everything posted by stubblejumper1

  1. You're right. I must have been thinking of last year. I knew the Flames were garbage in shootouts, but that stat is embarrassing. Neal is now 0-3. Time to give someone else a chance.
  2. Because Tkachuk and Monahan have scored shootout goals this year.
  3. There is a good article on the Sportsnet website about Brian McGrattan and his role with the Flames. He is doing some really good things.
  4. I agree, Neal played well (other than the bad interference penalty he took). But at this point he is playing well for a third liner. He is generating some offense for his teammates, but without looking at the stats I don't recall him having any scoring chances last night. The reasons it bugged me so much are A. he is 0% in shootouts this year, B. he has a 0.04 shooting percentage (he only scores on 1 of every 25 shots) and C. a situation where a miss costs you a point is no place to "try to get him going." At some point, weeks or months ago for me, you have to stop looking at what he did in the past and start judging the player on "what have you done for me lately." I don't think he has done anything to earn a spot in the shootout.
  5. Horrible call to put Neal as the third shooter.
  6. For what it's worth, I think bumping Neal up to the first line will reduce first line scoring. He won't score as much as Lindholm. Dropping Lindholm to the second line will increase scoring on the second line. Bumping Bennett up to the second line will reduce scoring on the second line (he isn't going to be an offensive player in the nhl, he is an energy player). These two probably cancel eachother out. Dropping Backlund and Frolik to the third line will increase third line scoring. The fourth line stays the same. If you add all this up, it is at best a wash. I don't see the upside. The Flames are already second in the league in scoring, not a lot of room for improvement offensively. I agree that things are chugging along and there is no need to tinker, much less overhaul the lineup.
  7. I agree. A -10 and a 0.04 shooting percentage also shows you aren't playing well. And, as per tonight's broadcast, blaming your sticks is looking for answers that aren't there.
  8. Lucic has a lot more hits.
  9. Travis Hamonic, along with playing well defensively, has put up 12 points this year. Give that man a raise!
  10. why did neal take that shot from the point on the delayed penalty call? just turned the puck over.
  11. We donkt normally play atthe Saddledome, but we exchanged a few icetimes with the Flames. They used our icetime for practice and gave us icetime od the Dome. It was prettycool.
  12. I played a couple beer league games at the dome. I even flipped over on the bench like McKinnon did when he was yelling at the coach the other night. It was a blast. Would be sad to see them knock it down.
  13. So glad theydid the right thing and bypassed the forever a flame nonsense.
  14. You are probably right. I got a bit carried away. I don't like kicking a guy when he is down. I didn't like the Neal signing from day one, so I am probably never going to be convinced it was a good idea. Most, or all of those guys are significantly younger than James Neal. There is less risk that they are past the prime of their careers. Would anyone offer James Neal $20MM for four years if he was coming into free agency this summer? Or would they rather sign one of the bolded UFAs for more money, or one of the remaining UFAs for less money?
  15. I am saying that most of them could be signed for better value. Less $/year and/or shorter term. Based on Oct. 2018 to Jan. 2019, none of them are a significant downgrade from Neal. My concern is that the Flames have Neal locked up for four more years. If his play doesn't improve significantly his contract is a boat anchor. Going back to your original suggestion - trading Neal for Panarin, I guess I just don't see why Columbus would want to lock themselves into 4+ years of Neal at $5MM/season, when they could likely sign a similar player this summer for better value. Forwards who score 5-10 goals per season don't generally make $25MM over 5 seasons. Maybe he will turn things around in the second half of the season. Maybe there are GMs out there who think they can revive his career. For what it's worth I think what you see is what you get.
  16. I don't think it is fair to say Neal has been unlucky. His goal against Pittsburgh was a fanned shot that comically fooled the goalie. His last goal bounced in off his skate. So half his goals have been fluky. Take those 2 goals away and he is on pace for only 4 goals this year. I agree it will be difficult to trade Neal. My guess is his contract will be bought out at some point.
  17. From I would guess that none of these guys will sign 5 year $5MM/year contracts. Possibly money better spent. More notable UFAs of 2019: Tyler Myers, Jimmy Howard, Jordan Eberle, Eric Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Gustav Nyquist, Brock Nelson, Zdeno Chara, Alexander Edler, Michael Ferland, Semyon Varlamov, Jakob Silfverberg, Joe Thornton, Ryan Dzingel, Brian Boyle, Jason Pominville, Nick Jensen, Joonas Donskoi, Jason Spezza, Marcus Johansson, Valtteri Filppula, Derick Brassard, Justin Williams, Ron Hainsey, Patrick Maroon, Jay Bouwmeester, Robin Lehner, Cam Talbot, Mike Smith, Marc Methot, Deryk Engelland, Mikko Koskinen, Niklas Kronwall
  18. I think Columbus would be better off to let Panarin walk at the end of the year. If they have $5MM burning a hole in their pockets they can spend it on a better value free agent in the summer.
  19. This is not a good situation...but I can't blame Frolik for being upset about getting scratched while Neal plays every night.
  20. I think the Flames should have sent Hathaway out for the shootout. His slow deke is elite.
  21. I was going to say Dwayne Roloson...but he was never drafted. It turns out that he was a free agent signing out of college. However, he was developed in the Flames farm system and then went on to become a pretty good goalie.
  22. Good point. I doubt Hitchcock will want McDavid on the ice against the Flames third defensive pairing. He, like Glen Gulutzan, doesn't believe in line matching.
  23. That was a cheap takedown by Manning.
  24. Tkachuk is also a more physical player and is willing to get his hands dirty. Nylander is a better skater. I am biased, but I don't think there are many teams that would take Nylander over Tkachuk (ignoring salary cap considerations).