Game No.7: New Kid in Town

Kent Wilson
October 22 2010 05:08PM

Ryan is out of commission today, so the game thread snark will have to come from me.

Yesterday did a lot to undermine both the fans and the coaches belief in the top end of the roster: Iginla to some degree, but Jokinen mostly. Why there was faith there in the first place is probably truer mystery, given the manner in which the previous Jokinen experiment failed so spectacularly. And althogh we're just six games into the new year, it's safe to say the theorized "Alex Tanguay can feed the two snipers!!1!" fix...ain't.

With all the new stats and analysis and graphs and discussion of player types, one very simple truth sometimes gets lost in the mix: having a good team is about having good players. While discussions of chemistry and fitting sniper A with passer B provides fodder for messageboards and water coolers, what really matters is how effective you versus other good players. As such, nothing was going to make Jokinen a better player when he landed back in Calgary, short of a miralce and drastic change in how he was being by Sutter. We collectively didn't pray enough, so the former hasn't happened (yet). With Joker being benched last night and slowly being filtered down the line-up, we may be moving closer to the latter.

New kid Mikkelson will be in the line-up tonight and he's performance will hopefully good enough to push Staios even closer to Abbotsford. The Blue Jackets have proven to be a formidable foe for the Flames over the years (despite being rather mediocre) and this being a second night of back-to-back means the 23 year old won't exactly be coddled in his Flames debut.

Fire it up.

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#53 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 07:10PM
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I was literally just about to type "zzzzzzzz". Add on the fact that the Flames are in the shell and you have a game that is somehow more boring then the entire run of "According to Jim".

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#54 coptin_
October 22 2010, 07:11PM
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prettyyyyy sllooooowwww 3rd

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#55 coptin_
October 22 2010, 07:13PM
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nice save

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#57 icedawg_42
October 22 2010, 07:17PM
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whups....couple bloopers from Karlsson - looking fairly good so far - at least as good as can be expected.

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#58 RossCreekNation
October 22 2010, 07:19PM
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Curious on everone's thoughts 7 games in...

-more interested in re-signing Ian White at similar terms (say $10M/3yrs)

OR

-more interested in trading Ian White for a different asset (presumably a younger forward of sorts)?

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#59 coptin_
October 22 2010, 07:19PM
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nice play nice shot

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#60 icedawg_42
October 22 2010, 07:19PM
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nice pass but I hate how Iggy stops moving his feet as soon as he cracks the blue line.

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#62 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 07:21PM
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@RossCreekNation

No more then 3 mil per year at this point.

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#63 icedawg_42
October 22 2010, 07:21PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Nice play by Jarome. Perhaps his best of the season.

Man the Blue Jackets look horrible.

yeah, this has been a bit of a "gimme" game.

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#64 coptin_
October 22 2010, 07:24PM
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i cant see re signing white at any cost,but i nerver thought dutter would bring back olli so as long as dutter is at the wheel anythings posible

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#65 RossCreekNation
October 22 2010, 07:26PM
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I'd look to the Rangers. Slat's would bite on Ian White. And I'm sure he'd overpay for Jarome...

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#66 SarahM
October 22 2010, 07:30PM
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I'm all in favour of letting White go for a young forward. Of course, Sutter would probably go after an older, character guy with great leadership skills, so... *shrug*

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#67 coptin_
October 22 2010, 07:34PM
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way to go borque

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#69 icedawg_42
October 22 2010, 07:35PM
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trick for borkie - 1 game 1 win for the tower. sad showing from CBJ, but i'll take it!!

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#70 Greg
October 22 2010, 07:35PM
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We're lucky Sami Salo wasn't injured for long. I mean Bourque.

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#71 Adam D
October 23 2010, 11:59AM
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We'll trade Strudwick for White. He's old, can't play and has "leadership". Also he tells funny jokes.

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