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  1. Now that the first round is almost complete there are certainly a few trends impacting a bunch of the regular season's high-end teams. TBL, Pittsburg, Calgary and Winnipeg are all gone in major upsets, with Boston, Nashville and SJS hanging on by a thread. Are there common themes and learnings we can take back to the Flames?
  2. I would agree. I don't think Kylington was hurting the team at all this year and he's made huge strides on cutting down mistakes, to the point he's similar to the others. His speed is a huge plus and puts him in a unique place. I was even wondering about BP putting him on Mackinnon as a shadow this series but obviously there were next to no line-up changes so that extreme of an idea would not be happening.
  3. Definitely a good idea. We need a bigger, more physical D.
  4. Top Line: Monahan is a complementary player not a driver, and as such he needs to have a great winger, like a Mark Stone (missed opportunity) or moved to wing. Since he is not great along the boards I'm thinking traded for someone more dynamic. Gaudreau is suffering because he has no protection or support via both Monahan or Lindholm. If we got that I'd keep him because he can be a game-breaker, but he can't do it all. Failing that, trade him (ie Gaudreau-Hall). Both Tkachuk or Bennett could be an answer to this conundrum for us except Tkachuk is too slow and Bennett has difficulty working with others..... The problem is do we need an overhaul or a tweak? If major overhaul then you would likely go young and push success 2-3+ years down the road. If a tweak you might try 1-2 key trades (e.g. Getzlaf or Crosby) for an older, proven guy and take your shot for the next 2-3 years. Because our core is set for the near future and we have limited top-end prospects waiting in the wings I'm guessing the later option. Goalie: I'm fine with not re-signing Smith and going into next season with Rittich as starter and a battle between Gillies, Parsons and the new Russian goalie as back-up. Defence: Brodie and Stone traded, Valimaki and Kylington in. If we're going huge overhaul then trade Gio. Also need a tough, hard-hitting D like an Engelland and maybe consider trading one of Kylington or Hannifin to get one. I might try for Sergachev from TBL as he seems to have a good mix of skills and is young, or perhaps Nurse from Edmonton. If you gave Edmonton Giordano does that get back Nurse, or perhaps Stone&Neal&Czarnik for Lucic&Nurse&Bear?
  5. Both Getzlaf and Carter are intriguing possibilities. Perry too?
  6. First step got to either trade Monahan or move him to RW. Jankowski defensive Centre. Backlund traded. Dube 3rd centre. Ruzicka brought in, along with Pospisil, Tuulola and a few others.... Brodie traded, Neal traded or Stockton, Frolik traded. Valimaki & Kylington in. Should be an interesting time around the draft........
  7. As much as the Avs have dominated, we were a couple bounces away from winning both overtime games and being in cruise control. You are correct though, that has been one of the main differences between the teams, and Calgary's unwillingness to go all out, skate like there is no tomorrow, block shots, crush a few guys when the opportunity presented itself.... has been on full display. Just like the Bolts the Flames didn't get the memo that the playoffs is a totally different game and skill alone does nothing come playoffs, especially when the refs call it completely differently. A major retooling is needed as this core is never going to get it done when the play gets tough and effort is more important than skill alone.
  8. Disagree on the PK. They do pressure, when the opportunity presents itself, but don’t chase it out of position. Fewer penalties would be nice but a lot of that is the refs who are not very consistent....
  9. All of those suggestions on teams making a run for the playoffs so almost zero chance these guys are available.
  10. 38 year old rental. Yeah, like someone is going to pay that. Not even close, and even if we did, where does he play? Its a bad idea, but hey, if a 3/4th rounder would suffice, he can come in and rotate at 3LD with Kylington and Valimaki.
  11. Despite what input we get from SF, a look at Gillies' career stats are probably more insightful to the current Stockton situation. Over the past 4 years Gillies has been in Stockton and had these SAV% stats: 0.920 0.910 0.917 0.867 His first 3 years he averaged 0.916 and was remarkably very consistent. The drop-off from that to this year is 0.49 pts, which is MASSIVE. In spite of that we continue to hear some fairly positive game reports from SF, albeit with the usual "the D let him down... D offered no help... D left him out to dry...." If you look at Parsons' stats, albeit much more limited you'll also see a huge drop this year in Stockton, dropping 0.32 pts when comparing his London numbers. I'm not getting into an argument about different levels, injuries...blah, blah, blah.... all valid but not relevant to the point. This year Gillies has shown a huge drop and it almost certainly is due to the crappy/ineffective/non-existant D corps currently toiling away there. Any evaluation of our goalie pipeline needs many, many more eyes on the goalies, and also needs to vigorously judge the impact of overall team/D quality in Stockton which is currently low/depleted.
  12. Although we all love and enjoy SFinest's insights and commentary, as a single person the views are going to be biased. Think of it this way, pick one single FN blogger here to be THE commentator for the Flames. Depending on the pick you would get VASTLY different views from that single person. More inputs is going to provide a better, more balanced view. Personally I believe Smith has been playing fairly well the past couple months. His record (results) is also very good, though as some have pointed out, the stats are poor. To me the issue of Smith comes down to 2 things above all else. What is the cost? Previously I have seen a projection that we could get a solid back-up (Mazrek, Mcilhenney) for a 4th rounder. Doubtful but if so, ok. Secondly is what is the impact on the team chemistry? Smith is fiery and demands a lot of himself, and others. Is that attitude a detriment to the room, or is it the driver to enhanced, more focused play we are seeing this year across the board? I have no idea, but I'm pretty sure replacing Smith WILL have an effect broadly in the room and it WILL NOT be so simplistic as replacing whatever stats "X" new goalie has for Smith's stats, like many on here seem to assume.
  13. Looking at your suggestions: Calgary=Rittich, Smith, Gillies, Parsons, Mcdonald, Schneider Winnipeg=Hellebuyck, Brossoit, Berdin, Comrie Tampa=Vasilevski, Domingue, Ingram, Pasquale Anaheim=Gibson, RMiller, CJohnson, Boyle/Redmond/Eriksson Ek Looking at the starters and their seasons to date, its very close to even across the board, with Rittich trailing the others only due to experience. Back-ups I'd put Smith and RMiller at par heading the pack, then Brossoit due to experience and Domingue trailing. 3/4=I'd take Gillies/Parsons over them all, or at least even with the exception of Chad Johnson due to more experience....but we already had Chad and know he's not really a good long-term solution. If Brossoit is more than a flash in the pan playing on a very strong defensive team, then Winnipeg I agree has the best top4 goalies as Brossoit is young and a potential long-term solution. I'd say Calgary is slightly ahead of both Tampa and Anaheim overall long-term, but a lot remains to be seen. If this is the best of the NHL then the Flames are doing just fine, thank you very much...
  14. Agree, and having a better, and speedier Lindholm has made a huge difference. They seem to have definitely matured, but as we see with the purple Gatorade, are still enjoying themselves too.
  15. I'm making an assumption but think it's likely, that all of us are hoping the Flames continue to burn it up and take that all the way to the Stanley Cup. With somewhat limited playoff experience that might be asking a lot, but I think it is within reach. Upgrading the team is always a focus, but there is always the question of cost, and team chemistry and at this point the upgrades would have to be massive (e.g. Mark Stone) or peripheral depth in my view. Yes, things happen and the top teams rarely make it all the way, just look at Tampa Bay the past many years for proof. We definitely have a shot and no matter what "upgrades" are made things can still go off the rails. That's just the way it is. I agree goalies for next season are still an open discussion, but if Rittich continues to shine at least we have the main piece already in place, our starter. The back-up issue can wait till summer.