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      Insults/Name-calling will not be tolerated   11/19/2016

      It's great to see the boys earning their way into the playoffs this season (barring a Colorado-would-be-proud collapse).  What a night-and-day difference from way back in November.   With the playoffs, we typically see more traffic/visitors on the site, usually from the opposing team's fanbase (especially from the Oilers).  This is just a reminder that stating your opinion is fine (it's exactly what these forums are for), and friendly, good-natured ribbing is OK, however, name-calling and insults will still be a major no-no and cause for the Banhammer to warm up.  This applies to all new guests and visitors as well: you're more than welcome to join the party, but civility is house rule around here.   All insults/name-calling will be met with a zero-tolerance approach, regardless if you are a new person to the forums, or have been around since these forums began.   First-offenses will be met with a moderator-needs-to-approve-your-post for 3 days Second offenses will be met with a week-long suspension Third offenses will result in a perma-ban   If you have any questions regarding this policy, or would like to voice your concern about it, you are absolutely free to contact me directly.   We all love this team, and this game.  Let's all hop on the Bandwagon, enjoy a few beverages, and ride this wave of excitement as far as we can.   --  Kulstad

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  1. They would not care because they would lose few votes. If the Flames leave, there is some political capital lost. You both make good points.
  2. We just need to play our system entirely. That means whomever is our goaltender will get some support. I believe that if we don't improve our d-zone play (which is much better than the year before), we are going to struggle.
  3. Agreed, although I always figure that as long as the rules are applied consistently, it is all fair. In the end, we fans were given an unreal game to watch. I was very impressed by O'Reilly and Pickard. Being of German background, I get the whole nice music stuff. But man, I cannot stand techno-pop.
  4. We should have offer-sheeted him...legitimately if possible. What a face-off percentage.
  5. Basically my sentiments more or less. Fleury is an upgrade over Elliott, but not enough of one that I would sell the farm just to obtain the rights to speak with his agent. I would not be surprised if he never plays for the Pens again. They need to get rid of someone (and they will get rid of him), he wants the #1 position, and we have a hole. I suspect that he would be happy with that development too. For me, it is all about the cost and term. At the same time, I would not put it past him to have a similar season to the one Elliott just had. That is, a slow start, a solid end, and a choke in the playoffs. That is why I see him as a lateral to slight improvement over Elliott at a higher cost. I also want Treliving to bolster the blue line with another Stone-like player. As you said, it is impossible to know who might become available. We are now in the position to dangle a few more attractive options to teams who may be willing to move more assets. This may be an interesting period coming up with the draft and the Vegas expansion.
  6. We do differ greatly on MAF, and that is fine. I think he is marginally better than Elliott at a much higher price tag. That means picks/prospects/salary after we already gave up some picks with Elliott. I am sure that we can both agree that MAF and Elliott are not equivalent to Price or Lundqvist. Like you, I want the goalie issue rectified. I am just not sure if there is a magical solution that makes sense for us. In the end, we will see if Treliving has an answer. Who knows, maybe he swings a stupid good contract with Elliott and Raanta or something. Regardless, this is not going to be easy for him.
  7. True enough, but that wrap-around was just brutal and he knows it might be difficult for him to regain the net for the Pens ever again if Murray plays well. This is a Sens playoff record for goals in one period, and I feel confident that I have watched them play better hockey than this. Neither team looks very good tonight. A lot of those Sens shots were pretty weak. One goalie sure looked better than the other.
  8. 4-0 for Ottawa after 13 mins. I think that the price for MAF just went down. ETA: And he's tossed.
  9. I cannot seem to locate the Francis/Calgary Herald article referred to above. I believe it was noted in the article that Fleury does not have the greatest GAA in the regular season. He was over 3 goals a game, although his save % was okay. I know that numbers are not always indicative of play, but I am not sure that I want to pay much in the way of picks and salary for a 32-year-old goalie who was displaced from his current position.
  10. Yes, why do people assume that he will accept $10 million? I thought that a team could provide a player with as much as something like $15 million. One would assume that he would be the guy to go for that. Otherwise, why not make it a rule that a player can only earn $10 million? Also, are all/most of these guys paid in US dollars?
  11. Didn't we try to acquire Hayes and he didn't really want to come to Calgary?
  12. A lot of people are saying that McDavid will take $10 million. I am not sure why they seem so confident asserting that figure. Why would his agent not try for more cash? I would not be surprised if he earns less money in endorsements compared to a Sydney Crosby, and our dollar tends to be much weaker that the US dollar. I am not disputing the $10 million figure. I am just not clear as to why people keep repeating it.
  13. I am not sure how many people believe in draft conspiracies (although I would not put it past the NHL). More often than not, you should not subscribe to conspiracy what can be explained by incompetence. The NHL still runs it poorly. Giving the best pick to the best team maintains an unwanted hierarchy. Giving the best pick to the worst team rewards mediocrity. Giving better chances of getting the best pick to the poorer teams still rewards mediocrity. The best way to operate the draft is to simply make the entire thing random. That way, the better teams get rewarded to replenish their rosters from time to time and poorer teams get burned from time to time. If the NHL wants to eliminate conspiracy talk in terms of the draft or officiating, all they have to do is work harder at being transparent. Is that not why Bettman is paid so handsomely?
  14. Are we all biased!? I keep hearing that there is no way the Predators have a chance in this series. Like others on this board, I am not so sure. I have long respected Rinne, they have incredible offence from the defence, and amazing intensity more generally. Listening to CFR today, it was argued that the fan culture surrounding the Predators is similar to what existed in Calgary in the late 1980s. That could make a difference. Everyone is also betting on the other birds to win. That is the better bet, I agree, but again, the Senators are playing at their best. They could be a Cinderella team. This is the year of gold/yellow birds.
  15. And it's not just the iPads that suck. Sometimes, when I watch a review, I feel like I am watching a cheap South Park episode given the low number of frames and pixels of the images. If memory serves, I was watching video of a coach's challenge to an offside call in the Senators/Rangers series. The number of frames was so low, that there was no way one could definitively determine whether the puck crossed the blue line before the skate did. They just didn't have the image available. One had to make inferences using the speed of both the puck and player. I don't expect the NHL to get everything perfectly, but surely they are capable of securing a superior video feed. Apple offers a 5K monitor, so I assume that the NHL can get better than high definition (if it is even HD). As Flames fans, we are more sensitive to this issue because we all remember the goal that wasn't to be.