The Calgary Flames can't continue to be a mediocre team and with injuries starting to piling up, it could be a perfect time for a rebuild.
Same old story for the Oilers,they show signs of promise,win some exciting games,than fall back on there losing attitude, and tank for lotto picks.Calgary will never adopt a slow death for Seth campaign, we,ll leave that to the action packed thriller team to the north.K Lowe has been the demise of Edmonton,and not injuries Mark.Picking first overall lotto picks could have been accomplished by anyone,no skill there.Tanking is a disrespect to sport ,and frankly suggesting it is unsportsmanlike conduct
Wow..., jumping the gun with the sloppy journalism already.
Kipper is not expected to be out long-term & the Flames needed to get Irving some experience. They opted to rest Cammalleri against Columbus so he'd be good to go against Vancouver, a decision that is probably more likely in the lock-out shortened season.
When the injuries piled up on the Oilers, most of their core guys went down. Iginla, Tanguay, Bouwmeester & Wideman are all still skating.
The Flames are biggest problem at the moment (outside Kiprusoff's knee), is the psychological thing the team has done for a number of years now.., where they raise their intensity for games against the top-notch teams and/or primary rivals (Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton & Vancouver).., and then lower their intensity for the other opposition (Columbus, Phoenix, etc).
get bent Spector... we're all tired of your stupid columns about how terrible the Flames are. Go back up to that trailer park you call home and write about your beloved Oilers and their 3 consecutive 30th place finishes.
I am not saying the Flames are going to make he playoffs this year, but I think this column is a load of crap. Would the Flames have won last nights game last year? No. They would have lost. Changes have made this team better. Injuries hurt everyone, especially in a shortened season. This team has more of a chance to make the playoffs this year, than they did last year. They have gotten more skilled and new system brought in by Hartey seems to fit this group of guys better than when Sutter was here. And lets not forget, they are still only 8 games in. Still improving in my opinion.
It is amazing how every column Spector writes eventually ends up being about the Oilers and their great draft choices. Too bad the Great Oilers have never drafted a defence - then maybe they might actually do something ......
no! don't give the Flames any ideas!
I love how management thinks they're simply a few players away from eeking into the playoffs only to be beaten down time and time again!
let them trade 2nd and 3rd rounders for rentals
let them pick 12th overall forever...we all know their drafting is spotty at best
no way I wanna see a legit blue-chipper like MacKinnon or Jones in Cowtown
I'd rather the 12th place Oilers roster or the 10th place Flames roster any day of the week
lol @ Calgary always being "1 piece away" from making the playoffs despite the fact their best players are old and slowing down
The Flames should unload Iggy before the end of this season....maybe they will be able to get something for him! Then get rid of Kipper, and start fresh. The Flames are quickly becoming the western version of the Leafs!
The Oilers have drafted many D. They will be ready for prime time in 2-3 years. Depth at centre is even worse than our D.
The terrible journalist that Spector is. He only looks to inFLAME in every trashy article he writes.
Today it's all about trashing the Flames because:
1/ The Canucks are winning
2/ Luongo is winning
3/ Schneider is winning
The Flames fans should consider the source that's writing this crap so he can attract the trolls to come and highjack this thread.
More hits = more ads = more revenue = more Spector garbage. Wash, rinse and repeat.
If the flames organization respects kipper, they'll trade him to a cup contender and start the reubild.
I appreciate that Feaster wants to remain competitive, but its just not working. Iggy winning the cup in Calgary is no longer a possiblity. It just won't happen. The team needs to start the fire sale and let guys like Wideman and Hudler stay so they can stop the bleeding a little bit.
If they put too much pressure on the young guns, they will ruin them. Brodie, Cervanka and Baertchi, these are pieces they can build aruond, but they are close to ruining them.
You spit venom about Spector, yet you feel the need to read his material and comment.
If you're correct about the motivation for him to right (to gain readers and increase revenue), then you're contributing to the same thing you're complaining about.
Very true Dale.
I just highlighted his motivation and point out the reasons why he does it. There isn't anywhere in my post where I said to avoid it. I like reading crappy journalism so when I read a well written piece I can appreciate it.
If you didn't know what bad was how would you know what good is ? Looking at ugly makes you appreciate beauty that much more so.
It's like a car accident. We all hate to see someone hurt but everybody slows down to take a peek.
Agree bicboi and DaleHawkins.
Calgary is stuck in that mediocre rut that sticking to the older guys does. Good, but not good enough to win the cup, only need a player or two mentality. That is what happened to Toronto and then they needed a complete rebuild. This happens to good teams, they don't have the youth coming up to replace or play with the older guys and then all of a sudden, they aren't good enough anymore. Hard to be a GM in these situations.
Aside from the ongoing CGY vs. EDM war which springs up often, can anyone honestly say that the Flames have a "good" chance of making the playoffs with their current roster?
The West is arguably more competitive than the East, so take a look at some of the Western teams which are a safe bet to make the playoffs:
Detroit is always in the mix and it wouldn't really surprise anyone if Nashville made it either. That leaves two spots available. Anaheim might not be at the top of most people's radar, but they're currently second in the conference - not bad at all. Dallas has an underrated offense with the likes of older (but still effective) guys such as Ryder, Roy, Jagr and a couple really good forwards in Benn and Eriksson. Lehtonen is one of the more consistent starters in the conference.
The Wild bulked up with Parise and Suter and will likely threaten for a playoff spot. And while the Kings are currently struggling, it realistically won't last much longer if at all.The Flames are going to find themselves in the same boat as a team like Phoenix, Dallas or Edmonton - certainly no guarantees to make the playoffs, but the Phoenix, they have a very good excuse if they don't, and I'd bet the Stars look to a possible rebuild sometime not too far in the future.
Evaluate the current Flames who are most likely past their prime and in the decline of their careers: Iginla. Bouwmeester. Tanguay. Cammalleri. Kiprusoff. None of them are playing close to how well they performed in career-seasons' past. There's no 40 goal seasons left for Iginla. Boumeester is no longer a 40-point guy. Tanguay will not put up 80 points in season, nor will Cammalleri be scoring 40+ goals. Kiprusoff is DTD, but I think its safe to say he's no longer capable of 40 wins.
That leaves a LOT of uncertainty for the younger players and franchise. Hudler and Wideman can't replace what Iginla/Tanguay/Cammalleri used to be able to do. Wideman wasn't a bad acquisition, but do the Flames REALLY need another no-movement clause in their books? Giordano and Baertschi look good for the future and Cervenka is a wild-card, but the sooner the Flames insert some elite prospects into their organization, the better.