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  1. Hope you had a merry drinkfest...I mean Christmas too Bane. Cheers!

  2. Thanks Jens! Holidays were fun with the bigchief family. The kids got spoiled, we all had some laughs and did some skiing after boxing day. All the best to your family in the new year. Oh, and god bless our Flames tonight vs Boston LOL :)

  3. Happy Birthday youngster. ;)

  4. I would love for the Flames to get back their identity of being tough, physical grinders but do you think we can stack up like the old days? We do have a few like Jackman, Moss, TKO and Sarich to name a few, you can throw Iggy into that mix but I'd rather he stay out of that type of play. Then there is Tanguay, Backlund, Langkow, Stajan, Morrison....I'm not sure where Bourque fits anymore, gritty but injury prone? Hardworking disciplined play with solid goaltending could get us into the playoffs this year but there are many other teams and only so many playoff spots. Here's hoping for a solid effort and some entertaining hockey.
  5. d:˙˙˙˙˙puoɔǝs ɐ ʇıɐʍ ¡ʎǝɥ˙˙˙˙˙ǝɔıɹd ɹnoʎ ǝɯɐu

  6. A little bored and working the night shift I'm guessing?

  7. OK, How do you do that?

  8. "There are other people out there who have better ideas..."

    Good politicians are not defined by their good ideas but rather their ability to utilize the power of others to push things through that other smart people thought of without without losing sight of or compromising too much of the fundamental goal along the way.

  9. How's the weather there in Germany nowadays? Starting to get some spring-like days here lately.

  10. Happy Birthday Anie!! Doing anything fun to celebrate?

  11. I just listened to that Terrence Blanchard you posted. Wow! Can that guy play the horn! Great, great music.

  12. Are you a civilian nowadays?

  13. In your case, it's definitely good :). Btw, I couldn't help noticing your posts are looking a little drab, you should really get a fancy sig to dress them up.

  14. Hello there Yukonwolf. You sure have a good rep for a guy who hasn't been around in a while.

  15. bigchief

    Kiprusoff Or Karlsson

    Kiprusoff doesn't smile enough or do fist pumps so he is bad for the team? Seriously?
  16. So you decided that being called a huge pus filled boil no longer appealed to you? Hmm, that's so fickle.

  17. FYI, HBO has a special on called The Broad Street Bullies, looks pretty good.

  18. Thanks for the help Anie :)

  19. You may not like this (and I know you are smart enough to know better) but I think that's exactly how Darryl Sutter started this cap mess we are currently in, ie."I like this player so paying 1 mil or so over to retain him is small potatoes..." multiplied by several players... then those players didn't pan out like he hoped and there is no recourse to deal them because we don't have the cap flexibility to deal with their negative trade value. JBo is impressing me (finally) and I agree that paying a little more to retain him through a rebuild is not a bad idea if we are in a position to do that but there is some serious maneuvering that needs to be done before we can honor all existing contracts and still fill out a semi-competitive roster next year. Of course dealing core members before the start of next season and Daymond Langkow's career status would have an affect on the direction you go with JBo but I don't think you can count on gaining much cap space in any deals involving Regehr, Kiprusoff or Iggy simply because most teams can't afford to put themselves in the same position as the Flames are in by trading their high picks/prospects for big dollar, multiyear contract players who will likely not be earning their cap hit in the latter part of their deals and don't guarantee cup success, the majority of teams will know we are not dealing from strength and will insist on sending cap back. The Flames are the poster children of cap mismanagement in the new NHL (save maybe New Jersey) We have shown why you can't afford to spend recklessly on long shots with precious cap money like Dutter has. The common thinking would be that the more prospect talent you have in the system and/or the more upcoming top end draft picks and/or the more cap space you have, the more risks you can take in overpaying certain players to fill key roles on the team to win now. This is where I get really upset and confused at the risks that Dutter has taken with our future. With our high end prospects/draft picks being severely depleted and no cap space reserved as an insurance policy, he acquired some cap significant multiyear contracts to fix what he thought was broken that were as far from being sure things as you can get. I think when you are figuratively working without a net, you should play it safe and bide your time and wait for a high percentage opportunity to present itself, in other words, don't bet the farm on a flip of a coin. (The Phaneuf deal, the Rangers deal) I like the strategy of "win now" and building to be perennially competitive but not at the cost of putting the team at serious risk of multiyear catastrophic failure and it appears to me that in his ego driven obsession to prove he was right all along, Darryl Sutter has put the team into that very position as sure as if he had drawn up blueprints with those intentions in mind. His only choices to move disappointing contracts are to take back equally unproductive overpaid contracts in trade (why?), utilize cap space to sell at a loss (we don't have cap space), or stand pat and painfully ride out the duration of the contract(s). He must pray every night that the angry mob doesn't beat down his door while he waits for some miracle prospect to drop into his lap like manna from heaven or dream that like in a B rated late night zombie movie, the dead half of the team rises and starts playing like they are some unstoppable hockey monsters with a blood thirst for the Stanley Cup. While I don't disagree with your theoretical assessment of our D core moving forward, I think that this team's ability to overpay for anyone is severely limited.
  20. You keep reminding me how a good fan should act.

  21. True but like you mentioned, that $6.6M contract is a lot of money and will be the measuring stick he is judged by no matter if he is playing really well or not. He can look forward to being our version of Brian Campbell (who we used to make fun of at $7M per) and any slumps he goes through will have the fans building gallows. It's too bad and not JBo's fault that market value was out of whack at the time of his signing. The only thing that will redeem his value is a Norris before the end of his contract and there is some very stiff competition out there that makes it an extreme long shot. If an opportunity should ever arise to move JBo for a proper return, the Flames should probably take it no matter if he is playing well or not only because it's too much to spend on a blueliner that can't carry the team into the playoffs.
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