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  1. Johnny / Mony / Lindholm Tkachuk / Backlund / Mangiapane Lucic / Ryan / Bennett Dube / Jankowski / Frolik Gio / Andersen Hannifin / Hamonic Kylington / Brodie To me this makes us a solid team with potential to be even better than last year. Ryan is a better center thanJankowski and can create with his passing so maybe he get's a bit more out of Lucic then most would expect.Bennett playing with Lucic would be excitting to watch, we could call them the bash brother or net crashers...lol Mangiapane is poised to produce at a high rate next season and with better line mates one can only wonder right. In addition I do not think Lucic is going to disappoint anyone, I was never a huge fan of us playing against him and admit the last few years in Edm he under produced to put it lightly but the style of players he was lined up with was different than he had success with IMHO. I think if he does come in and just focuses on his game and get's back to the idea of playing on an actually GOOD team we will all be pleased, at the least we all should expect alot more effort from Lucic in the first game than the total effort Neal put forward the whole last season.
  2. Why don't we talk about Hoffman? I would prefer him to Zucker personally.
  3. How can you say this? Backlund took years to fully develop. Janko could make another step forward next year, maybe by adding a physical side to his game just like Bennett has.
  4. Just to create content and conversation. I would like to hear peoples opinions on who they think will be the next prospect to make the jump to the NHL line up and what kind of impact that prospect will make? What effects will that jump have on the existing line up?
  5. You do the best you can when you can. You don't avoid making one improvement when the chance is there because of a maybe that isn't right there.
  6. Frolik was also listed as a LWer in the past and has played mostly RW. Zucker can play both wings just as well. Depending on the moves Calgary has planned outside of Zucker the Bennett addition to Frolik being swapped for Zucker makes some sense. Bennett will get a slight raise this year and with Frolik included that will most likely be a total of 6.5 or more for Bennett who plays on the third line and Frolik who the team already wants to upgrade for the second line. If the trade was to included a prospect that Minny can part with or a conditional draft pick coming back our way than I would be ok with that trade. I think Zucker would easily slot in to our top power play unit which was mostly bad last year. He also upgrades the RW, and could play anywhere on the wings in our top six if needed, which has huge value in its own. If Mang is expected to move up and play with Janko next year then Bennett would be moved down. I love Bennett's grit and heart but the team may need to cycle a few young guys in next year and Bennett's next salary could cover Dube and possibly Gawdin or Rudzika who I think have a good chance of making the fourth line next year. Don't get me wrong I would rather find a better way to move cap out like Brodie or even better Stone. I just think that at this point we are bound to see something we don't want to happen happen and we should prepare ourselves for disappointment.
  7. I like your thinking of Schenn, but I am of the thinking that Mang and Kylington wouldn't get that done. Your roster doesn't include Hathaway or Janko. I would love to believe that Lazar could replace Hathaway but I can't see him being half as physical. Removing Backlund makes no sense. I would rather find a more suited 4C and move Ryan up to 3C with Janko on the wing. I would revisit the Zucker deal. If they will still take Frolik and maybe a pick or prospect would be good. If we could trade Brodie to Montreal for Shaw Then...... JH/Mony/Lindholm Tkachuk/Backs/Zucker Bennett/Ryan/Neal or Jankowski Mang/Dube/Shaw or Hathaway There is NO way Neal get's traded. No team wants that contract after this past season, maybe next year if he turns it around but then we may want to keep him.
  8. This all sounds good but it hinges on us not taking any contracts back, us trading what we don't want for draft picks, and expecting us not to spend more than 6 million in goal. In addition I believe Bennettt gets more than 2.3 (closer to 3 mil), Hathaway gets atleast 1.75 and we as a whole need to stop making plans that involve a guess about the cap rising. So Mang at 1.5, Bennett at 3, Hathaway at say 1.5, and Tkachuk at 8 mill. If we add this up add go with the low estimate of 6 mil in net you got 24-25 mil add only 10 mil in space. We then need to dump 13-15 mil while taking not a penny back. GOOOOD LUCK
  9. Keeping the cap in mind we currently have $10,156,626 in available space next year. We have no goalies under contract, and still need to resign Chucky, Bennett, Mangiapane, and Hathaway. We may be able to move one or two dmen but in doing so we may not be free up space do to contracts coming back. The most likely thing to happen will be a few pieces being added to Brodie, maybe Stone, or Jankowski. I truly do not want to lose Jankowski at all. Having the knowledge of our cap situation I fully expect other teams to fleece us in any move we try to make. Brodie won't bring a high return, he may bring a third line depth player or a player coming off a down year. I could see Hamonic being the one moved just because of the fact that Brodie will be cheaper on there next contracts, and Hamonic does have a higher value currently. Stone will be hard to move. We will end up retaining salary or adding a good prospect to get something done if at all possible. After signing Tkachuk we will have maybe 2-2.5 mil to sign Bennett, Hathaway, Mangiapane, and 2 goalies. There will be some very angry fans in Calgary before the pre season starts and these fan pages will get lit up with every over opinionated fan like myself venting every angry or overly happy thought at what BT does. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!
  10. Ok, I have a few opinions. I do think we as a whole played soft. We didn't need to be hitting like we were trying to kill them but more contact helps to disrupt play. Most of the games we allowed the Avs way to much room on there entries. If we had closed the gaps sooner and just created some contact they would of had to adjust but we as a team just backed into our zone and let them set up. They where very good on the rush. Johnny did play scared, if he had the puck and he even thought he was getting hit he got rid of it. Brodie was noticeably bad in three games and nothing to write home about in the other two games. Johnny would not take a hit to make a single play. Chucky was not drawing penalties or being his normal self. Neal may have a better year next season, but if it doesn't cost us to much and someone wants him let him go. Brodie should be moved for cap space our forward depth. A solid checking winger. Rittich should get the lump of starts next year and Smith as the back up is good for one year at the old guy discount.
  11. For sure, I would rather see us use a guy like Quine instead of Mang. I was mentioning an addition of a physical guy because "I" feel that that is all we are lacking at certain times. I would be fine with using Quine on the 4th line, but having that physical guy if we end up needing him would be good. This addition wouldn't even need to play every game, he could be put it on a game by game basis when we feel he is needed.
  12. The idea is very tempting knowing that our first is going to be such a late pick. The only way I could see it as a good trade would be if NYR took back a Stone type contract and the pick was a second that changes to a first if Hayes resigns.
  13. So with that said, do you for some reason believe that him coming to Calgary is out of the question? I understand the reasons why he took less money to be closer to his son, but if STL continues on the track they are on this season would it be hard to see him want a chance at a playoff run with a conference leader? Also I don't mean to argue, he was just the first guy to come to mind as to fit and need for grit I feel we have in the bottom six. It could be another player like Boyle, or someone else.
  14. Your point about the goalie is true , but my point is who do we have to call up that we can feel comfortable having back up in the playoffs? And as far as I know or can tell online Maroon is on an expiring contract right now.
  15. I am of the thought that if it ain't broke don't try and fix it. That being said , just because something isn't crying out as broken doesn't mean it is working well enough to be left untouched. If Calgary does anything prior to the deadline I can only see them adding to the fourth line. A heavy player with playoff experience. I know that the fourth line can be improved as we all do. Replacing Mangiapane with a player like Maroon could give us that physical edged with a player that can move up the line up in a case of injury. He would also add playoff experience. The cost for Maroon will not be high at all, a 3rd round pick at the highest and we would still have all of our existing pieces. The only real worry we as Flames fans should worry about is goalie depth. If one of the big clubs goalies get hurt what happens to our playoff run without a prove fall back?
  16. These guys only play together on the PP. Neal is playing in place of Chucky on the second and Chucky has been put with Janks and Bennett
  17. I like the ideal of putting Lindholm on the second power play uit. By doing so you can put somone like |Frolik on the first to chase pucks down low and just get shots towards the net.
  18. Putting a better forward group in front of the goalie will definitely help. If we are able to control the puck, the play, and ultimately score more goals the goalies won't be expected to stand on the heads every night. We are alot deeper at forward. We just lost two of our oldest players and replaced them with more well rounded option and added a well known special teams coach that should help to improve the PP. I think that the net will be fine this year. Smith may even get another smaller contract before the end of the year. He may not play as many games while others get more starts once earned.
  19. I keep trying to imagine the lines and the best possibility for improvement. What I keep noticing is that there are so many people that where unhappy with the way we had finished off the season. Knowing how bad we where and the additions/changes we have made we should be alot better. I give up on predicting the line and just cant wait for the season to start so I can buy my playoff tickets.
  20. Johnny/Mony/Neal Tkachuk/Backlund/Lindholm Bennett/Ryan/Jankowski Czarnik/Dube/Frolik Janko and Czarnik may swap places but I think this is close to as realistic as we can expect with the stat of things contract wise.
  21. We can all give our ideas and debate who is better than who but the truth is, certain players are on one way contract and have been talked about very highly. After arbitration we may see the team walk away from certain guys like they did with Colburne. Ryan is not going to be on the fourth line, not when he is paid over 3mil. Plus with his faceoff numbers he will atleast be getting third line minutes with better than fourth line guys to drive possession and give some help to the scoring lines. Czarnik is going to be on the season staring line up for sure, he is one guy that BT won't stop raving about so I believe he will get a good chunk of games to adjust to BP playing style before getting his final grade. Jankowski will not hit the fourth line, he will get moved to the wing before they bury him on the fourth line. Stone is not a 7th dman on this team, and further more there are not 6 more proven dmen in our system. Sure there are guys we think can be better but at this point unless a trade happens on the back end, which I don't think will happen than last years d with the Hamilton/Hanafin swap is what we are most likely to see.
  22. I totally agree with this all except for the 4th line where I think we will see Foo on the RW. I don't want Janko on the fourth but at this point the only other way is to him up is in Bennet's spot
  23. IMO that is a terrible trade. I think Ruzicka is going to being a great NHLer one day soon, and Stone is still good, actually I think he us so underappreciated by our fans.
  24. At first it sound like we over paid, but if Hamilton was a distraction and Fox wasn't going to sign then we won this trade by far. The argument could easily be made that Gio and Brodie had their best years together and never should have been split up. Hanifin with Hamonic might be good who can say. So the D only loses a few goals at this point which Gio and Brodie together can probably surpass. Hanifin makes us tougher so the D in my mind is better. I think Andersen is ready which means Stone could get traded to Ottawa. The return won't be to high because he is a little over payed so maybe Smith in return. Lindholm is a great add. He is really fast and has not gotten a chance to play with to guys like Mony and Johnny, so his number will inflate a bit just like Ferlands did plus Lindholm has a high hockey IQ than Ferland with better hands. I think we will see atleast one more change, either a bottom 6 Ufa signing or another hockey trade. We will get a goalie for sure but only time will tell. My hope is a prospect get the chance this year straight out of camp and sticks. M|y choice is Gawdin, Ruzika, maybe Foo.
  25. I Just wanted to finally chime into the conversation and give my opinion. If we are going to go for a top 6 player my choice would be for size and grind to get the puck in the dirty areas. My top choices would be Simmonds or Neal. I am not looking for an over payment with either. I think a 3-4 year deal at 6 for Neal, probably not enough money for him so a non starter. If the price is right to get Simmonds for his last year he could be a really good addition. Looks like Philly has big plans in the UFA market so they may be ready to move him now as his value is really high. I don't really see either winding up here. So my conciliation would be Hayes. He is big, goes to the dirty areas and I think he still has more to prove. If it costs Bennett and a D prospect I am cool with that as long as it isn't Andersen or Valamaki. I don't think many would be willing to agree but I think Andersen could be more reliable defensively than Brodie so I would try Brodie for Hayes straight across. We have the ability to promote this year and I think now is the time. My line-up may seem off but I think it is worth a look at least during the preseason. Johnny/Mony/Tkachuk I know Matt on his "off" wing, but it worked in the Juniors so just try it. Bennett/Backs/Frolik Bennett's best year was on that line, give him some more ice time. Mangiapane/Jankowski/Hayes It looks good enough to try. Versteeg/Gawdin/Ferland 3-4 line would get equal playing time. Buy out Brouwer NOW!!!! and Versteeg only gets signed if BT doesn't have faith in Hathaway or one of the prospects. I want to see what Ruzicka, Dube, Foo and Gawdin can do in camp. Gio/Hamilton Andersen/Hamonic Kulak/Stone I would Actually like to see Stone get more time, especially on the PP. Big shot going to waste. Add in Bernier as the 1B/Back-up, He would give us something to fall back on. I know many may say I am crazy but I would trade Gillies now. Let Rittich have the starts in the AHL until he is needed up. Smith is still really good but he may get injured, he is most likely not going to be the straight 1A for long so unless he takes a discount after this year Bernier is a great guy to start with going into a season.
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