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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:23 am 
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game 7... tuesday night... should be epic!

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Game 7 tonight 10 PM! Should be a good one (hopefully better then last night's).

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RIP flames season. 4 goals in 10 minutes? ouchhh + lack of shots on offense= epic fail. and to think I thought they had a chance when they were up 2-1 after Nolen's goal.

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4 goals in 10 minutes=insane/nearly impossible


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Ouch. Last year hurt. It's behind us now, though.

Flames start out the season 1-1-1. The first two games of the season the Flames lost to the Canucks -- the first in blowout fashion and the second in overtime.

The first win of the season was against divisional foe Colorado and also featured a Gordie Howe hat trick by The Captain, Jarome Iginla (interesting note: Gordie Howe only had one "Gordie Howe hat trick" in his career. The career leader is Brendan Shanahan with 9. Iggy has 7 in his career thus far. Take this information with a grain of salt however, because it's extremely hard to find and not official.)

Kipper and the defense have looked shaky. Hopefully Iron Mike and Daryl Sutter can push some buttons and solidify the team defense. This may mean switching up the pairings or acquiring some help.

The offense has looked good. Two of the bigger offseason acquisitions in Mike Cammalleri and Todd Bertuzzi (uhhh not happy with that) have fit in well so far. Bert already has 3 goals on the year and Cammo has a goal and 3 assists.

The two losses to start off the 2008-2009 season were pretty bad, but I see no reason why this team can't contend for a playoff spot.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:27 pm 
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A good win on Tuesday against a good team in Washington.

After the first couple minutes I thought the Flames were in for anther disappointing game. Sergei Federov was able to redirect a shot past Kipper which gave the Caps an early 1-0 cushion. The Flames were getting chances and had possession for the majority of the period, but could not score. After a huge hit on Langkow by Tyler Sloan, Rene Borque decided to retaliate. He went after Sloan and pounded on him. He really didn't offer to fight Sloan, he just grabbed him and started wailing away. The Caps were rewarded with a 9 minute powerplay (2 for unsportsmanlike, 2 for an instigator, 5 for fighting).

The turning point came when the Flames were able to kill off all 9 minutes (with help of a 4 on 4 when Nylander took a hold) and the Sea of Red came alive. There was a clear momentum shift that continued for the rest of the game.

Washington took a ton of stupid penalties and gave the Flames powerplay unit 10 total powerplays. Jarome Iginla was able to cash in on one in the second period when he drilled a slap shot that Theodore was able to get a piece of, but not all of it. Matthew Lombardi then potted the second goal at the 2:42 mark in the second.

Kipper played well and was sound positionally, something which he was not for the first 5 games. Bertuzzi continues to impress me with his skating ability and several passes in the neutral zone that this Flames team lacked of years passed. No longer do we blindly drive wide or just gain the red line and dump it. We were able to get creative in our breakouts and in the neutral zone.

The next game is tonight against the Nashville (Sexual) Predators.

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My All-Star Break 2008-2009 Report for the Flames

60 points in 46 games and currently the 3rd seed in the West

The most startling thing about the first half of this season has been the play of the captain Jarome Iginla. He no longer plays like the best player in the world. I am not sure if he is injured or he has just lost a step. His presence on the puck is no longer what is used to be. Jarome still manages to play at an elite level, but he no longer has the impact on the game of a younger Jarome. Young Jarome had the potential to completely dominate both ends of the ice for entire games. It was quite something to watch.

Whatever the case, Old Jarome still has 53 points in 46 games. He has also been the Flames most consistent skater every game except everyone but maybe Robyn Regehr. Old Jarome has adapted extremely well to the new NHL and his work on the powerplay this year has been stellar. The powerplay as a whole has been better than average, but that's about it. Through the all-star break it ranks 13th in the league in powerplay percentage. It is a little scary that the have given up the second most short handed goals (second only to the Rangers), but there's only so much you can say. It is something that is easily recognizable and will tried to be corrected in the second half.

The defensemen, which I had little faith in to begin the season, have been a pleasant surprise. They are not one of the better cores in the NHL, but they do a good enough job. Robyn Regehr continues to be a rock the anchor of the defense. Dion Phaneuf has not scored as much this year but he is still shooting and will likely still reach last season's point output. This combined with his improved play in the defensive zone should make him a Norris candidate for the second straight year. Adam Pardy has also stepped up and logged key minutes. He gives the Flames great depth for a stretch run and his physical play will be much needed against tougher teams like San Jose, Anaheim, Columbus, and Phoenix. The return of Jim Vandermeer has also given Coach Keenan the luxury of a solid stay at home man who can play on any pairing.

The forwards have been as expected. They have been able to win high scoring games which is a welcome change. Besides Jarome, Mike Cammalleri is playing excellent hockey and on a 40+ goal pace. Solid role players like the veteran Craig Conroy, Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, David Moss, and Daymond Langkow provide speed, some scoring, and great defensive play. Todd Bertuzzi is having a decent year, but I still do not like seeing him in a Flames jersey. He still has a lot of skill but is more a pass first dangler now. The days of Big Bert are gone. He has impressed me with his creativity but I hope this is a one year Sutter experiment and he is gone next year.

And then there's Kipper. He continues to do his thing. The statistics are not there anymore but is still the same goalie. He makes saves that no other goalie can make. There are still games when he refuses to let anything by. He still stinks at stopping breakaways. And he still makes you scratch your head on some. But he leads the league in wins and saves and is the hope if the Flames want to win Lord Stanley's.

Go Flames go

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Deadline day is here and the Flames have made some serious moves. In order to sure up the defense, the Flames acquired Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche. We send defensmen Ryan Wilson, Lawrence Nycholat, and a 2nd round pick that we received from Montreal in the Cammalleri deal. Wilson and Nycholat are warm bodies that really wouldn't contribute anything to the Flames this year. Wilson was undrafted and we just recently claimed Nycholat from the Canucks, so no loss here. Basically a 2nd for Leopold, who is a good puck moving defensmen on his second tour of duty with the Flames. He and Robyn Regehr were partners the first go-round and were an excellent pairing. Leopold should fit in real well and will be a welcome addition.

Then, just when I thought it couldn't get much better, Sutter goes out and gets the Flames Olli Jokinen. A true number 1 center with 90+ point potential. The deal was Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust, and a conditional first round pick in 2009 or 2010. Lombardi is a natural center who can play any forward position and is an excellent penalty killer. He is one of the fastest skaters in the league, but has not put it together yet. He is 26 so while still young, it is about time he puts it together. Brandon Prust is not much more than a pest with the potential to be a 3rd liner. He will drop the gloves without hesitation, but the Flames have a ton of those guys. A solid depth forward, but certainly replaceable. The Flames also control the conditions of the first round pick. They decide which pick they want to give up, either their 2009 or 2010.

We are making a run at it this year. A first line of Cammo, Olli, and Jarome is one of the best in the league. Getting Olli allows Craig Conroy to move down the third line, where he is better suited. This was an excellent deadline for the Flames.

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Well another first round exit this time to the Blackhawks. The series went 4-2 and the Flames were unable to complete the comeback. There were times when they played Flames hockey, but overall I expected more from this team. Changes will be coming in the offseason.

Michael Cammalleri is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and should price himself out of the Flames range. We will miss his goal scoring, but it may be best to let him go. He is not a $7 million a year type player, and rumor is that is what he is looking for. Having a full year of Olli Jokinen will help pickup the goal scoring slack from Cammalleri leaving, so hopefully the team will not struggle to score goals. I also expect Sutter to pick someone up off the scrap heap who will contribute offensively.

Several changes on defense need to be made. One of Aucion or Leopold will be gone and upgraded for a top pair defenseman. Dion Phaneuf needs a responsible partner who can skate. Maybe we can make a run for Jay Bouwmeester. This past season I found that the d-core we threw out there had acceptable depth, but only two real impact players in Regehr and Dion. It is tough to rely on third pair dmen to play second pair minutes.

This past season was dissapointing. I expected a run at a cup even before the trade deadline. There's always next year though.

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Mike Keenan is out as head coach. He was not a bad coach, but I understand the move. Iron Mike wears out his welcome if his methods are not well received, and I am not sure if he was the best fit for this team.

I would not be surprised to see Brent Sutter named head coach. In fact, I expect it.

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Biggest dissapointment in the NHL behind San Jose.

Nothing else to say..See you next year, but your payroll is quite bloated. Leaving the team with few options to improve.

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Well we brought on Brent Sutter to coach. I can't help but think this is a great move. It allows Brent to coach under his brother Darryl and I like what I saw of Brent as the Devils' coach.

The Flames also made a move for Jay Bouwmeester yesterday. We traded Jordan Leopold and a third round pick for him. This too, is an excellent move. JayBo is an elite defenseman who should slot in next to Regehr and make for one of the better pairings in the league. It will also give us another weapon on the powerplay and take some pressure off of Dion.

The Flames have until July 1 to sign JayBo or else he becomes an unrestricted free agent. So we essentially traded for his rights only, but I cannot imagine Darryl not being able to work something out.

This is a great start to the offseason. There are still holes to fill, but adding Bouwmeester fills a glaring hole with one of the better young players in the league.

It is looking more and more like it will be goodbye to Cammalleri and I am not so sure I will mind. Sure, we will miss his shot, but I trust Darryl to find us some scoring from an unlikely source.

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