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  1. JustAFlamer

    Oilers

    ooopppsss i see what i did there.... well think everyone knows what i mean
  2. JustAFlamer

    Oilers

    They had the easiest schedule in league this year. Just really really want those teams to come out and shutdown McD and Drai (oil can win just do not let those 2 get points in the scoring races)
  3. JustAFlamer

    Oilers

    noticed that oil seemed to be playing a lot of teams on 2nd half of b2b again this year so went looking... oilersnation actually did article on it "the-oilers-have-the-easiest-schedule-in-the-league-next-year" back in july they had the same kind of schedule difference couple years ago when they made playoffs. Just to give the conspiracy theorists some more food for though. is not just refs is the schedule makers too!
  4. My "conservative" expectation is : MAKE playoffs NOT as a bubble team or fighting for wildcard and win at least 1 round in playoffs My "hopeful" expectation is : Game 7 loss in the WCF to WPG (all CA WCF) ensuring Canadian team in SCF (think TO will only take 1 round) "optimistic" : as every fan on every team wants SC CHAMPS!!!! Norris to Gio and ArtRoss/Heart to JG
  5. I am personally more interested in getting a coach that does not have at the end of each and every game very strange and baffling decisions made that come into question. this past season there may have been a handful of games where i was not going wtf for line use, player use, etc. There will always be "some" decisions where they are not popular or seem strange or gamble that not work out but was the shear volume of them this past season that showed definitivly that GG cannot handle the Head coach position and needs. 90% of games should not end (win/loss) and still require going ... WTF was the coach thinking doing X or Y. Or requiring 1/2 season or more to even attempt adjustments i do not have preferred or front runner out of the names floating around. Just glad is change and will give whoever gets the spot the position benifit of doubt.
  6. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    i do not believe all of it is GG. However i do believe GG is having an impact on ALL players performances in negative way and that does include Brodie. (perhaps Brodie a bit more than others) Brodie has had issues ever since being split from Gio. Part of this is attempting to build chemistry with new defence partner. (or having wideman as d-partner) Part is attempting to adjust to new goalie every year Part is own personal issues away from game. I think a lot of people are just pointing out how stubborn GG is in terms of Brodie played RD all career, and even to try to help him back on track/build confidence wont even try on right side for a game or 2 to try to get him rolling again. Personally i think GG is smothering a lot of players careers not just and not specifically Brodie.
  7. The previous 1-game suspension was ridiculous : the 5-10 that resulted in multiple goals should have been enough (notice how players safety did not even bother calling it a spear). That one should have been nothing. This one, from the bench. You can see he Jabs/Spears. If he was on ice in scrum that probably would go free. BUT from Bench, i would say 3 games just since he does not seem to be learning where the line cannot cross is. Personally i like him, antagonize = ok, but stop crossing the line (a couple of the crashes to Anderson were a little iffy as well) Unfortunately with the history (doughty/detroit) i can see him getting 5-10 (if the detroit one wasnt there which i dont believe should be would be less. But he already got the hand slap this year and they will push more) Really really hard to "guess" what the penalization will be when you see "other" infractions reviewed by player safety (intentional 2 handed chop/slash = 1 game) : tap to skate = 1 game ???? this one could be anywhere from Fine to (since is tkachuk) 10 games
  8. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    Hope that after tonight they give Smith a breather, back to back coming up tomorrow and while Smith has been great really want to see what Rittich can do (he can learn a lot from Smith) Smith has been battling and giving consistent game-winning performances (even with 5 against tonight was only 5 due to Smith) and still keeps getting peppered with high danger scoring chances and games going the other way. But consistently losing games when you get the better goal tending is a trend that needs to stop. I know it would impact my work in that situation and "eventually" will start to eat away at Smith as well. no matter how professional or how much battle he has. He went through years of this in Arizona, and that was "supposed" to stop when he came to a "better" team
  9. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    really hope Smith is fine, he had a great start to season, and just his passion and attitude drags the other players into the game. Hope they make some sort of announcement soon really has been the star of the flames so far this year, hope he just needs a break to get back and yes i know where gaudreau is in points and that he was starting to wear out a little (last few games) but he stole us a few AND kept us in a bunch more. even with the starting to wear out was giving us what was needed. Totally different team outlook with him out.
  10. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    Very Glad both Johnson and Elliot got half decent offers in FA. Congrats and Best of luck to them on Sabers and Flyers (thankfully both east teams), they both had stints that pushed us into the playoffs last year, thanks for the memories for the year you were flames.
  11. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    sounds like lack at 50% salary, and a defenceman potentially bottom paring for kanzig (with basically a pick swap in late rounds) (not familiar with Ryan Murphy can he be our 5th or is he similar to bart?) either way i would consider that trade a steal I was kind of hoping Rittich would get a shot, but this is a good trade.
  12. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    Cap world = i am more worried at throwing term and $$ at unproven #1, or massive $$ at a proven #1 that may be in decline. 5 goalies in past 2 seasons would throw up warning flags and raise cost for anyone we went after to come here, i still say both Johnson and Elliot were above average when comparing to league, however i also state this based on basically ignoring the first 2 months where entire team was garbage, and trying to learn new system as well as defence/goalie trust/chemistry issues. With the goalies in Stockton knocking on door, would say sign either Elliot or Johnson to 2y prove it contract (cheap), see what we have in Rittich or Gilles AND get someone to take a long look at Goalie Coach. Right now between us and Dallas we are the 2 teams Goalies go to, to Die.
  13. i saw that and they had Kipper in place on Elliot story earlier too. they fix them after the fact , would prefer a placeholder of scooby-doo if they trying to find a photo rather than wrong flames player.
  14. true they could potentially use a new building, however it is not a "NEED" new building. Is it falling down? does it not meet standards? What the heck is Bettman doing saying anything about it. he should have no input into facilities at all, aside from assisting in putting in place minimum regulations regarding ice surfaces and other league wide standards that should be adhered to by all teams. (attempted to post on the main nhl.com on the aritcle, but mysterious error on posting : think they locked the comments on the article)
  15. JustAFlamer

    Goaltending

    biggest difference i have noticed is that the goaltenders generally do not have the faith that the defence is going to win the battle with any other attackers, in front or coming in and are not challenging as much as they have used to. That is the biggest difference where i see one's "we think" they should have going in. While they are in good position and do have chance at stopping them there is the touch of room that on their other teams (buffalo/st.louis) they just did not leave. CJ had a weaker defence in Buf that why i would say he the safer choice simply because he used to it. I "think" overall need to get Elliot and defence to build some chemistry and trust and he will return to previous numbers. How long takes to build that trust? Should not be this long, but early in season whole team was garbage. While we were strong, was Johnson. Even when Elliot went strong, was Johnson next game. I do believe with the declaration "We will go with winner" Elliot will be going on streak. (hopefully i do not have to eat my words)
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