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  1. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Anyone is tradeable. Who do you have in mind bringing in?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Although you’ve given the typical, standard answer..... I guess Carolina and the Vegas Golden Knights must not have read that book?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. As it turned out, that is true. However the missed call was still huge and likely the reason Vegas lost.
  13. 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.....
  14. After watching the Leafs implode, and thinking back over the Flames demise I'm coming to the conclusion that the Flames are pretty nicely set just as they are. TML have 2-3 outstanding game-breakers, an outstanding goalie and still manage to fail, year after year. The Flames were a couple bounces away from going into Game 5 up 3-1. Sometimes it just doesn't work out. That aside, I still believe Monahan would be a great 1RW or 2C and that we need to find speed and toughness to pair with Gaudreau. That could be new guys or perhaps some combination of Bennett, Lindholm and Dube? Monahan might better fit with Tkachuk and ??? Not sure about Jankowski, as he seems to have stalled but really he was given a role as penalty killer and was very good there, so I'd sure like to know what his ceiling is if given free reins and great line mates. Other guys coming along I'm intrigued about are Lazar (super fast), could he develop into a larger version of Byron? Also Ruzicka, huge & talented...is he finally going to get it, like Anderson did eventually? Then how about Pospisil, could be early but just what the doctor ordered? Then how about Kylington, super fast.... what would have happened if BP stapled him to Mackinnon 1 on 1? Lots to think about. Read an outstanding Down Goes Brown article on the Athletic (subscription required) discussing the current playoff chaos with so many upsets/"upsets". It helps put things into perspective..... Basically he divided fans into two types, those who believe the SC playoffs find the very best team which eventually survives and wins, versus a very deserving team winning as a result of a myriad of random events/bounces/calls/injuries/matchups...... Afraid I'm falling more and more into the later category. Its not as satisfying in the end.... just got to enjoy the hockey as it comes.
  15. Turns out Rittich was injured DEC 31. His stats pre- and post-injury are dramatic. Even though he was still able to play his performance deteriorated drastically, which may be a reason why he wasn't used too much later in the season. He's still nursing the injury and isn't going to the Worlds to let it rest and rehab.
  16. Patrick is certainly younger and high pedigree. I haven't watched him at all but my impression from reading is he is more of a defensive specialist. If not then certainly fits the mold, and would be along the lines of the Nieuwendyck-Iginla trade years ago.... Also, isn't Phillie loaded with young D. so why the need for Gio? Anyone know?
  17. Draisaitl-Nurse for Gio-Monahan as the core of the deal... other guys plus/minus to balance it out. Flames get a true #1C and toughness, Oilers get Norris-level 1D and excellent shooter to try and make something happen while McDavid is still there. Serious to look at something, details flexible. Question: What other exceptional 1C is out there? Malkin, Crosby(unlikely), Getzlaf, Kopitar(unlikely), Staal, Toews(unlikely) Carter, Sequin? All older guys and questions with each. I have definite questions about Draisaitl too, but think he might be worth taking a shot at....
  18. I would agree trading Gio might be worthwhile, certainly its now or never. I wonder if Edmonton would be open to a multi-player mega-deal something along the lines of Gio-Monahan-Neal-Kylington for Draisaitl-Puljujarvi-Lucic-Nurse?
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. Definitely a good idea. We need a bigger, more physical D.
  22. 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?
  23. Both Getzlaf and Carter are intriguing possibilities. Perry too?
  24. 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........
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