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  1. Between you and Travel-Dude, he is far closer to reality. If we accept your take, Tampa, Washington, Toronto, Vegas and others all need to rebuild. NOT! In hockey, as in life, stuff happens... much is pure luck but you have to live with the consequences. The Flames could have easily had a completely different outcome with 2-3 bounces going their way. They didn’t, so how do we ensure it doesn’t happen next year? We can’t... no one can. We definitely need to strengthen up a couple areas, and replace guys on the way out whether due to performance, contracts or chemistry... but come next Spring there are no guarantees. That’s hockey.
  2. I agree you’ve got it right about the need for 2 styles on the same team based on recent results. I wonder about the backlash against the reffing issues this playoffs and whether there will be any long-term changes coming. It would be nice to see but it is not clear yet.
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    James Neal

    Another good one. To end up more or less the same it is imperative to either sign Duchene, offer sheet Point, or maybe go all-in with either Getzlaf or Malkin. The 1C is the key and there are very, very few options for that guy. I have serious doubts Chicago would trade Toews, or Philly Couterier, or Dallas Seguin. Who else might fit the bill.... just spit-balling here......
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    Goaltending

    Like it. I’m hoping BT does at least this much this off-season as some serious shake up is required.
  5. Finished watching St Louis obliterate the Sharks, which just reinforced two things. First, you have to be lucky to get this far and succeed. That St Louis made it past Dallas in that game 7 double-overtime where Dallas was all over them with many glorious missed opportunities, to say nothing of San Jose's gifted major penalty call and miracle 4-goal PP. Secondly, this series made it so clear how the NHL's totally new set of rules for the playoffs advantages big, tough, and dirty teams like the Blues. There were non-calls on so many illegal hits in the series, eventually forcing out multiple top guys like it did for the Sharks. The NHL has seemingly decided it wants to even the playing field even more than the stupid Bettman points and encourages brutal and very often illegal physical/dirty play to give lessor teams a better shot against higher-skilled teams, and does so by instructing the refs to put their whistles away and "let them play". How sickening and disappointing. The NHL plays us all for fools and we fans just go along with it.... St Louis may have won anyways due to their attention to D, better goaltending and very solid forechecking, but it would have been more satisfying if the games were called consistently and correctly.... the same way they are/should be all season long. So, how does this fit with this thread? It makes you wonder what should be your priorities as a GM with drafting? Do you worry most about the regular season or the "new and improved" bs rules for the playoffs? As a fan looking at all the above, I see no clear answer moving forward, for any team. Its kind of the luck of the draw, how does the ref feel today and what fluke hit/injry is going to derail your dreams....? Flames offered a terrific product this year, and continuing on their present course that will likely continue.
  6. Anyone is tradeable. Who do you have in mind bringing in?
  7. OK, copied from other thread.... Goalies: We have a goalie in Rittich, who was top-notch until he was injured at the end of 2018. Adding another 1B youngish vet, like Lehner(UFA) might be beneficial. We did not bomb out in the playoffs because of our goalies, no matter how determinedly certain people on here beat that drum. I would move on from Smith as I think we should be continuing to build for the future. 1C/RW: I have been suggesting Monahan wasn't enough for our 1C for several years. We should keep him and move him to 1RW, although if we could have landed and signed Stone to 1RW that might have worked with Gaudreau and Monahan. Internally, we don't have the right guy. I would be open to trading Monahan for a more dynamic guy. Of all possibly available 1C candidates I would say, in order of preference, Getzlaf, Malkin, Point(RFA), Duchene(UFA) and Hayes(UFA). I might be willing to pick up both Getzlaf and Perry which might address both our 1C and RW issues, though not for the LT.... 3-5 years max. People hate those guys and for good reason, they are tough, mean and proven winners. They might be had for relatively cheap. I would give up Monahan and Jankowski. Any of Point, Duchene or Hayes would be a bonus. I would also look to Winnipeg and try to pick up Trouba for Hamonic. I would also approach NYR and try to pick up Brendan Lemieux, and be open to the Frolik(+...) for Zucker deal. Finally TML's Kapanen is intriguing, an offer sheet might work there. Dreaming, but could we get either of Alex Tuch(VGK) or Athanassiou(DET).... both big, tough fast with offensive upside. D: On D I would be trading Brodie(+) and trying to pick up a tougher D-man a la Ristolainen or Nurse. Anderson and Valimaki are off limits and I'd keep Kylington for his speed as a 7D. No opinions yet on draft picks. If you get a top6 forward for the 1st rounder, I'd probably be open, but he'd have to be under 25/26.
  8. Goalies: We have a goalie in Rittich, who was top-notch until he was injured at the end of 2018. Adding another 1B youngish vet, like Lehner(UFA) might be beneficial. We did not bomb out in the playoffs because of our goalies, no matter how determinedly certain people on here beat that drum. I would move on from Smith as I think we should be continuing to build for the future. 1C/RW: I have been suggesting Monahan wasn't enough for our 1C for several years. We should keep him and move him to 1RW, although if we could have landed and signed Stone to 1RW that might have worked with Gaudreau and Monahan. Internally, we don't have the right guy. I would be open to trading Monahan for a more dynamic guy. Of all possibly available 1C candidates I would say, in order of preference, Getzlaf, Malkin, Point(RFA), Duchene(UFA) and Hayes(UFA). I might be willing to pick up both Getzlaf and Perry which might address both our 1C and RW issues, though not for the LT.... 3-5 years max. People hate those guys and for good reason, they are tough, mean and proven winners. They might be had for relatively cheap. I would give up Monahan and Jankowski. Any of Point, Duchene or Hayes would be a bonus. I would also look to Winnipeg and try to pick up Trouba for Hamonic. I would also approach NYR and try to pick up Brendan Lemieux, and be open to the Frolik(+...) for Zucker deal. Finally TML's Kapanen is intriguing, an offer sheet might work there. Dreaming, but could we get either of Alex Tuch(VGK) or Athanassiou(DET).... both big, tough fast with offensive upside. D: On D I would be trading Brodie(+) and trying to pick up a tougher D-man a la Ristolainen or Nurse. Anderson and Valimaki are off limits and I'd keep Kylington for his speed as a 7D.
  9. Although you’ve given the typical, standard answer..... I guess Carolina and the Vegas Golden Knights must not have read that book?
  10. I would never take Nylander as I think he disappears once the going gets tough. Kapanen is a far better all-around player, with upside.
  11. Agree with your ideas and thinking. The thing about these playoffs and major upsets as well as former champs heading south quickly (e.g. LAK, ANA, PP...), there COULD be massive trading of key people come the draft and free agency. Looking at the 1st round results it is not clear at all what wins (in terms of team structure) and many teams may be more willing to trade a key guy, like Flames with Monahan or Gaudreau or Gio, for a perceived small incremental playoff advantage or to retool on the fly. With the Flames you can very certainly make the case for Monahan and Gaudreau, though personally I'd focus on beefing up the second line and making a 1st line out of Gaudreau and 2/3 of Bennett/Lindholm/Dube. With guys like Pospisil, Tuulola, Ruzika, Zavgorodniy, Dube, Kylington, Valimaki, Joly and Petterson, plus others waiting in the wings or at most 2 years out its easy to imagine the Flames being even stronger a couple years from now. Of course, our core is all pretty young so riding Monahan et al out might make sense? So again, it is not at all clear which way the Flames are headed, much less 10-12 other teams with similar results out there.
  12. I don’t mind either ZBJ or Kadri but what you are willing to give up for them is beyond ludicrous. Glad you are not the GM.
  13. As it turned out, that is true. However the missed call was still huge and likely the reason Vegas lost.
  14. That's a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that we'll never see again. Flames scored similar to that in the season, but 4 goals in 1 5min PP? Never before in NHL history? Oh, and btw, it was a crap call. Should have been 2 mins at most. Nice of the refs to single-handedly screw up a series and team's future.....
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