Flames' all-decade team

Jean Lefebvre
December 29 2009 06:53PM

This is traditionally the time to look back at the year and/or decade that has just passed and lacking the imagination to do otherwise, we will do the same here.

Specifically, the goal was set to name an all-decade team for the Flames. The first two-thirds of the team was ridiculously easy to fill. Miikka Kirusoff is your goalie, Jarome Iginla is your right winger and your blue-line tandem is Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf.

The centre is one of two fellows -- Craig Conroy, who played more games (462) and scored more points (300) than any other Flames pivot this decade, or Daymond Langkow, who was second in games and first in goals (119).

And at left wing? Well, that was a pretty unsettled throughout most of the decade so that means Kristian Huselius, who played less than three full seasons in Calgary, led all Flames portsiders in games, goals, assists and points during the decade.

That all being a little too easy, let's go ahead and name a full squad. What the heck, let's even put everyone onto lines and pairings.

Forwards

  • McAmmond-Conroy-Iginla
  • Huselius-Langkow-Bure
  • Tanguay-Lombardi-Bourque
  • Gelinas-Yelle-Amonte

Defencemen

  • Regehr-Phaneuf
  • Leopold-Lydman
  • Gauthier-Warrener

Goalies

  • Kiprusoff
  • Turek

The above team tries to combine the elements of productivity as well as longevity, so one-year Saddledome residents Michael Cammalleri and Chris Drury were excluded.

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Lefebvre is in that awkward stage of hockey following -- old enough to fondly remember the Cleveland Barons and too set in his ways to accept charity points and games where there's a winner but apparently no loser. As a long-time ink-stained wretch, he's also a firm believer in the old Bobby Knight quote about journalists: "All of us learn to write in second grade, but most of us go on to better things."
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#1 ronald petrovicky
December 30 2009, 11:35PM
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no steve begin? for shame, jean.

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#2 Greg
December 31 2009, 03:52PM
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Wow... that's a pretty underwhelming roster. But I guess given turnover and short stints (Jay-Bo, Cammalleri), that's the best we can do.

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