Postgame: Home Cooking

Pat Steinberg
November 29 2010 10:37PM

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 6: Rene Bourque (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla #12 and Matt Stajan #18 against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of NHL action on April 6, 2010 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

It's funny how perception changes...you could look at Calgary's five game road trip and say they lost four of five games, or you could look more recently and see two wins in three games.  Regardless, the Flames took a 3-0 win Monday night over the Minnesota Wild as Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves to post his 37th career shutout.

What Happened

Overall, it was a pretty lackluster opening twenty minutes, as neither team really did much...Kent had scoring chances 7-5 in favor of the Wild and they did generate a few quality ones, but for the most part, not a whole lot happened and things were scoreless after one.

The second period was different, as the Flames really came to play and things went the opposite way for the Wild, as the visitors really dropped off.  Calgary's opening ten minutes were very strong and they scored twice as a result, starting at 3:08 when Jarome Iginla fed Jay Bouwmeester on a nice backhand pass; JBo potted his third of the season to make it 1-0.  Iginla would be in on it again, this time the recipient of an Alex Tanguay pass at the side of the net; Iginla would score his tenth 16 seconds after the opening tally and the Flames would carry a two goal lead into the third period.  Minnesota would hammer out a few more chances before the second period would end, but were unable to beat Kiprusoff, who was very strong.

It was only the seventh time time this season the Flames would carry a lead into the final period, and they'd close this one out.  Shots would finish 13-10 in favor of the Wild, but impressively, Calgary would only allow seven chances against.  It's impressive, as Kent points out, because Minnesota was chasing and the Flames did a nice job of protecting.  Niklas Hagman would ice this thing at 18:31 with his seventh on the powerplay to take us to our final score.

One Good Reason...

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 29: Miikka Kiprusoff  of the Calgary Flames keeps a close eye on the puck carrier against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 29, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

...why the Flames won?  Hey, they converted when they needed to.  Miikka Kiprusoff did a nice job making a few huge saves on some Minnesota ten bell chances, but I don't believe he stole this game or anything like that.  Overall, the Flames were a bit better, especially after scoring those two goals in 16 seconds; from then on, the Wild didn't have much sustained, even with a few quality chances.  Calgary scored twice in the second, protected well in the third and ice this game late...kind of a normal win.  They could use a few more of those variety of wins.

Red Warrior

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 27: Jarome Iginla  of the Calgary Flames takes a shot on goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on November 27, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

I really liked the captain tonight.  6-1 was the chance count when he was on the ice at even strength, and the top line overall had some really strong spans.  From the second period on, I felt Iginla was particularly dominant, seemingly creating things on every 5-on-5 shift.  He's been very good the last eight games or so, and once again was a driving force in this game.

Sum It Up

Was it dominant?  Nope.  Did it do the trick?  It sure did...and hey, that's all that matters.  The Flames beat a team in front of them in the standings, and a team they're going to need to beat overall; quite frankly, it's a team they should beat.  Calgary plays Minnesota three more times in the next ten games.

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#1 R O
November 29 2010, 10:51PM
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Pretty good game. The Flames play games like this and they'll win more than lose. I think we can all agree on that.

The goals were all kind of fluky though and you could see how the Flames could have easily lost this specific game pretty easily without doing anything really differently.

A bounce this way, a couple Minnesota players blindly directing their sticks this way instead of that and a wrong Kipper guess on Zidlicky. That's all it takes to lose any given game on any given day.

And it doesn't take much more to lose a short string of games. Or win them. Ability has its say but it's a marathon not a sprint.

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#2 BCFLAME
November 29 2010, 11:00PM
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Great game by our two highest-paid players. Bouwmeester has already equaled his goal total from all of last year. Although I believed some people were unjustly hard on him last year, he has been becoming incrementally stronger as the season progresses at both ends of the ice.

Iggy, as everybody has already pointed out, has been on fire lately.

Still, I believe that if the Flames are more than 6 points out of a playoff spot by the end of January, it's time to start trading some core pieces, beginning with Iggy and Regher. If they can;t succeed with the roster they have this year, there's definitely no way they can win when Kipper, Iggy, and Regher become increasingly subject to the vagaries of aging.

Still, nice to see our best players be our best players tonight.

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#3 BCFLAME
November 29 2010, 11:16PM
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Also, I must concur with Kent and others who have pointed out the mediocre performances by Borque lately. If memory serves correct, he hasn't been the same since getting hit by Abdelkator (is that how you spell his name?) in Detroit.

I believe he was the same guy that evinced a desire to fight Iggy during the game, but conveniently waited for the refs to intervene before he decided to unstrap his helmet.

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#4 SmellOfVictory
November 29 2010, 11:58PM
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@BCFLAME

I think our criticisms of JBo last year were entirely justified - 7 million for a dman is for offence and defence, not just defence (no matter how good). So far this year he's gone a long way toward earning his salary, though.

I don't know if I'll ever think he's completely fair value, but at the very least he can convince me that he was only overpaid by a few hundred thousand instead of one million plus.

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#5 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 12:35AM
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I really like the way that Bouwmeester has been playing the last half dozen games or so. He is starting to round into the defenceman I thought the Flames were getting. Of course, I have no doubt that this is largely due to playing with Reggie. This pairing is top notch on its own, but also turns Gio into one of the better 3rd D-men in the league, IMO.

Nice to see Iggy get rewarded with a goal, I think he has been the best player for the Flames over the last dozen games. Now if they can get Bourque back on track. I thought Backlund looked really good tonight, even Olli on the wing looked good for stretches. He was strong on the forcheck, and created some chances.

Two questions: is there any chance that Backlund gets demoted to Abbotsford when Kotalik returns? Or is his play now consistently NHL calibre? And is there a chance that Karlsson gets a start in Minny on Friday? Looking ahead at the schedule, that might be the most logical spot to slot him in, in the near future. Unless Kipper plays another 15 games in a row.

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#6 PrairieStew
November 30 2010, 08:00AM
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@CitizenFlame

Karlsson - probably gets the Ducks on the 10th and Columbus on the 21st.

Backlund stays - Meyer goes down, but the team will be getting close to the LTIR cap with Kotalik coming off. Next solution - Staios goes down when Pardy is ready.

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#7 hal a pena
November 30 2010, 08:00AM
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strong game by jbo, well folks if he is considered to be an elite dman in this league, he needs to bring it everynight. elite players are just that elite, not average with flashes of excellence. the offensive numbers while in florida are misleading. a fire hydrant could have excelled in that division. backlund has not impressed looks like a third line type, not a first rounder. perhaps its the defense first approach sutter has rammed down his throat.as for gio, is there an award for the player who must endure playing with a flat tire like sarich.

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#8 everton fc
November 30 2010, 08:02AM
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Random thoughts from a fan in the seats last evening:

1. Iggy and Tanguay were spot-on. Stajan was harmless, but doesn't fit. If they had a big, mobile centre... that'd be some first line.

2. Not sure why this made such an impact on me, but Kostopolous looks a lot smaller in person than on the tube. He's a grinder.

3. Morrison had some bad passes. Seemed flat.

4. Bourque did look particularly poor. He hurt that line.

5. The experiment of Jokinen/Backlund/Hagman may work. But Backlund will never score more than 10-12 goals at this level. He's not much more than Boyd was, and looks smallish in traffic. Still, Backlund had a decent evening. Agreed. And Joker hustled. Kotalik would be a nice fit with Jokinen and Hagman.

6. Regehr was strong. Played mad. May have not looked so on television but from Section 201, he looked very good. Ditto Bouwmeester. Gio. Sarich.

7. Babchuk looks lost. He doesn't fit in. He and Mikkelson are a weak pair. Babchuk, in particular, has no physical side to his game. I don't think he'll be a Flame long-term. A journeyman NHLer, at best. KHL may be a good home for Babchuck. We shall see.

8. Kipper is Kipper.

Overall, it was a dull first period, and not a real exciting game. The crowd was particularly dead through most of the first. As for trading Iggy, I now think this idea a crazy one. Ditto trading Regehr. They are not the problem.

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#9 KingJafi
November 30 2010, 08:13AM
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Like the shutout and effort. Glad to be back at the Dome.

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#10 hal a pena
November 30 2010, 08:28AM
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faced yet another backup goalie.bourque is the streekiest player in the league next to raffi torres, but raffi crushes opponents with physical play.rene is not worth the contract he signed and a couple of 25 plus goal seasons doesnt qualify him as a power forward. he plays a soft game on the outside looking shot first.mats stajan is the throwback to the soft euro from the seventies,looks like an assistant captain on a high school debating team more than a first line center.

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#11 Gange
November 30 2010, 09:05AM
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hal a pena wrote:

strong game by jbo, well folks if he is considered to be an elite dman in this league, he needs to bring it everynight. elite players are just that elite, not average with flashes of excellence. the offensive numbers while in florida are misleading. a fire hydrant could have excelled in that division. backlund has not impressed looks like a third line type, not a first rounder. perhaps its the defense first approach sutter has rammed down his throat.as for gio, is there an award for the player who must endure playing with a flat tire like sarich.

I'm not sure what Backlund has to do to impress you but he's been really solid for his level of development. He was never going to be a franchise player but he's going to be a solid 2nd line center. Possibly 1st line, should things go right for him. He's one of the bright spots I think, and last night he played well.

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#12 hal a pena
November 30 2010, 09:24AM
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@Gange

a first rounder at 21 years old must be contributing to the offense,backlund does not meet this requirement. if you draft a center his primary role is to contribute to goal production. second thru fourth line centers can be obtained through free agency. a first line offensive leader is drafted with that mission,to score. playing third line minutes and then getting rewarded with icetime when the outcome has been determined can schew the boxscore.he should be an impact player.

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#13 Gange
November 30 2010, 09:58AM
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hal a pena wrote:

a first rounder at 21 years old must be contributing to the offense,backlund does not meet this requirement. if you draft a center his primary role is to contribute to goal production. second thru fourth line centers can be obtained through free agency. a first line offensive leader is drafted with that mission,to score. playing third line minutes and then getting rewarded with icetime when the outcome has been determined can schew the boxscore.he should be an impact player.

LOL

It's not like he was drafted 1st overall. He was drafted 24th overall. If you're looking for a gamebreaker you're kind of in a crap shoot at that late of a pick unless the draft is VERY deep.

Notable players passed up:

David Perron Bill Sweat P.K. Subban T.J. Galiardi Wayne Simmonds

Only one of which was taken in the first round, David Perron.

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#14 FireOnIce
November 30 2010, 10:39AM
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I'm surprised Sutter didn't draft Galiardi... he fits the mold almost perfectly.

Hometown boy, played for the Calgary Royals and played for the Hitmen.

Only thing missing is big, slow, grinding, and willing to skate for 2 minutes a night and get his head bashed in.

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#15 B
November 30 2010, 11:03AM
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...any ideas on what the lineup looks like when Kotalik returns?

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#16 Kent Wilson
November 30 2010, 11:13AM
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B wrote:

...any ideas on what the lineup looks like when Kotalik returns?

I don't have a clue. He should techincally slot in in Jokinen's current spot, but then what do you do with the great big no-movement-claused galoot?

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#17 B
November 30 2010, 11:16AM
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@B

...any chance Backlund gets sent down to the AHL?

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#18 dotfras
November 30 2010, 11:16AM
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Backlund is still developing, don't know why some people are so hard on the guy.

I think defensively his game has improved ten fold. It's his first full year, things will start happening for him.

He's third in shots among rookies & 6th in +/- with only 1 forward ahead of him.

And like others have said, he went 24th, clearly he's not the best prospect out there, but it's who we have and he's been playing pretty well.

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#19 B
November 30 2010, 11:23AM
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...I didn't pose the question that Backlund might get sent down because I think he is playing poorly. It's simply a numbers game with Kotalik coming back. Backlund would definately get more ice-time in the AHL as well.

Tanguay Stajan Iginla

Hagman Jokinen Kotalik

Glencross Moss Borque

Kostopolus Morrison Jackman

...I would like to see Morrison get some more playing time. If not ES, for sure on the PP.

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#20 B
November 30 2010, 11:26AM
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...I think Backlund will be sent down. He's playing well, but Oli or Kotalik won't play 4th line minutes, and 4th line minutes would be detrimental to Backlund at this point in his development.

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#21 Rain Dogs
November 30 2010, 11:26AM
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Backlund is doing fine. It's funny all the idiots who ask to blow everything up and than have no patience for development.

Compare Backlunds stats to #2 Van Riemsdyk, #4 Turris, #8 Hamill, #9 Couture, #13 Eller, #16 Gilles, #17 Cherepanov, #19 MacMillan (who's a Flame). Yeah OK, Kane is amazing....well he went #1. Big surprise. #6 Gagner is good and #11 Sutter is good. There were also 8 defenders taken prior to Backlund.

For a 24th pick with 48 games and 15 pts and a +10 playing a two way game on a piece of shit team, he's fine. He's arguably the 5th-7th best forward in the top 25 out of 14 guys ahead of him and Patrick White behind him.

Angelo Esposito has yet to play a game and people are busting on Backlund?

WTF. Next time anyone says "Trade everyone for picks", use your f*king head first.

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#22 B
November 30 2010, 11:35AM
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@ Lawrence & dotfras & Kent Wilson

...I agree that Backlund is playing well. It's just a numbers game with Kotalik coming back.

...like Kent asked me, what do you do with Oli's NMC or Kotalik's for that matter?

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#23 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 11:41AM
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Rain Dogs wrote:

Backlund is doing fine. It's funny all the idiots who ask to blow everything up and than have no patience for development.

Compare Backlunds stats to #2 Van Riemsdyk, #4 Turris, #8 Hamill, #9 Couture, #13 Eller, #16 Gilles, #17 Cherepanov, #19 MacMillan (who's a Flame). Yeah OK, Kane is amazing....well he went #1. Big surprise. #6 Gagner is good and #11 Sutter is good. There were also 8 defenders taken prior to Backlund.

For a 24th pick with 48 games and 15 pts and a +10 playing a two way game on a piece of shit team, he's fine. He's arguably the 5th-7th best forward in the top 25 out of 14 guys ahead of him and Patrick White behind him.

Angelo Esposito has yet to play a game and people are busting on Backlund?

WTF. Next time anyone says "Trade everyone for picks", use your f*king head first.

Who is busting Backlund's balls? It comes down to a numbers game. If any of the forwards were going down Backlund probably makes sense based on contract and age. I really liked his game lately, especially vs. the Wild I thought he was making good reads and was strong with the puck. I wouldn't mind seeing Morrison take a seat. I haven't thought that his game has been really sharp lately. He has definitely cooled since the start of the year and he's not that big of a contract to have sitting in the press box. He was giving the puck away a ton in the Minny game, it seemed like every pass he made was batted down or intercepted.

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#24 B
November 30 2010, 11:42AM
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@Rain Dogs

...I'm with you on most of what you wrote Lawrence. Especially the last line of your reply (kind of harsh though ;), but I none the less agree). Don't you think that Backlund would develop nearly as well playing 1st line minutes (including PP) in the AHL? I mean were not talking about a young player who is putting up huge offensive numbers. Playing more minutes vs lesser competition, or playing less minutes against better competition, that is the question :). For a player like Backlund, it's kind of a coin flip in my opinion. I think there are pros and cons to both pathways of development.

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#25 Rain Dogs
November 30 2010, 11:45AM
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@CitizenFlame

Well YOU are busting Backlunds balls:

"He has definitely cooled since the start of the year... He was giving the puck away a ton in the Minny game, it seemed like every pass he made was batted down or intercepted."

and so is Hal a Pena:

"a first rounder at 21 years old must be contributing to the offense,backlund does not meet this requirement. if you draft a center his primary role is to contribute to goal production. second thru fourth line centers can be obtained through free agency. a first line offensive leader is drafted with that mission,to score. playing third line minutes and then getting rewarded with icetime when the outcome has been determined can schew the boxscore.he should be an impact player."

He's a rookie, he's going to make mistakes whether it's NOW OR LATER.

Sorry, I actually read the comments.

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#26 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 11:49AM
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No I was talking about Morrison when I said that. And Hal a Pena was busting his balls so I guess you're good there.

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#27 Rain Dogs
November 30 2010, 11:53AM
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Look, Backlund is a young player. he's shown that he can play a two way game and be defensively responsible. He's gonna make mistakes, he's going to take time.

But suggesting that we insert someone like Kotalik (who's a winger) or Jokinen in his place and delay his development? pisses me right off. Only Langkow should out Backlund and unfortunately that's looking less and less likely for Daymond.

I defend against the scapegoat use of Joker, but to suggest giving that P.O.S. or Moss(at centre) or Morrison the minutes Backlund deserves is infuriating. Especially when half the comments from Flames fans are trade now for the future. Then we'd have 3 or 4 or 5 Backlund-types. So how does THAT make sense?

I'm done. This isn't worth talking about.

@Citizen Flame. Ok, my Bad. I thought the "he" was referring back to Backlund.

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#28 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 11:54AM
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@ B I'm not shredding your line up because your guess is as good as anyone's probably B. Sutters included, but I just can't see Bourque being demoted to the third line. I know that Calgary isn't exactly running with a true 2nd & 3rd line, but just 2 weeks ago everyone was talking of Bourque replacing Iggy as the go-to guy. I think that Bourque has cemented his position in that spot, unless they move him to the other side.

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#29 dotfras
November 30 2010, 11:56AM
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I honestly don't think that Backlund would develop better in the AHL. The team down there is super young, on the big club he's got a bunch of guys he can learn from.

Sit Morrison, Moss takes 4th line center, Backlund centers Bourque & GlenX.

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#30 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 12:00PM
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That makes sense. It might be a show of faith in Backlund as well that they put Joker on the wing instead of moving him around. It might be a leap of faith that they believe he can carry Joker even against third line comp!

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#31 B
November 30 2010, 12:02PM
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@CitizenFLAME

...I know what you are saying. The players on the second and third lines could be switched easily. There are two constants though.

1. Hagman with Jokinen

2. Glencross with Moss

...whatever line Borque is on, IMO, should recieve a few more minutes per game.

...I understand why there are some Kotalik haters out there, but :) he is big, has better puck control than Oli, and has a nice shot (plus he's good in the SO). He's really not as bad as some make him out to be.

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#32 R O
November 30 2010, 12:11PM
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Backlund is ten times more of a player now than at the start of the season and a big part of it is that he's putting the puck and himself into the ice cream cone (finally).

That should be a gigantic though pleasant surprise to all of us because most promising rookie forwards start out by impressing with their offensive creativity. And subsequently get hammered at other parts of the game until they work it out (or don't).

Backlund was the opposite, and thus was the opposite of "promising". Now he's not so bad.

Though I still wait for the other shoe to drop, it has been only 50 games.

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#33 Rain Dogs
November 30 2010, 12:12PM
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@B

That's why I think it should be Jokinen OR Kotalik in and the other sits. Let the coaches decide. Screw what the fans or media say and how they'll bitch about the money.

Money doesn't buy you wins. We've proven that.

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#34 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 12:12PM
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@B

to be honest I don't know that much about him. I never really paid any attention to him when he was playing elsewhere and only really know what I've read here at this site. Which obviously isn't very flattering. He looked good in preseason, but then that isn't much to base an opinion on.

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#35 CitizenFlame
November 30 2010, 12:21PM
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I think that a lot of people have been hard on Stajan too but I don't think a lot of people take into consideration how much he has had to catch up from injuries and the amount of time he has missed so far. I think that he is also starting to hit his stride. I don't think that this is a coincidence that our centermen are starting to play stronger and the teams performance is improving.

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#36 dave
November 30 2010, 12:26PM
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Right now, I'm not sure I'm too interested in how the FLames won, as long as they won. They need a streak of wins to get back in the playoff picture

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#37 B
November 30 2010, 12:27PM
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@ Lawrence

"That's why I think it should be Jokinen OR Kotalik in and the other sits. Let the coaches decide. Screw what the fans or media say and how they'll bitch about the money.

Money doesn't buy you wins. We've proven that."

...I 100% agree that money alone doesn't buy you wins. However, I know he is our most promising prospect, but don't let that cloud your judgement. PROS, good defensively (+5), lots of shots (2nd on the team with 62), and very disciplined (only 6 PIMs). CONS, he has 5 points in 24 games playing either 2nd or 3rd line minutes, I don't know if he is out preforming Oli or will out preform Kotalik enough to keep him in the lineup. Getting tons of minutes in the AHL won't hinder his development. If that assumption were to be made it would be absolutely obsurd.

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#38 stephan
November 30 2010, 12:34PM
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backlund is fine. he's geting chances he doesn't seem to show up whenever he wants to. he plays hard. i agree he should stay with the big club. he has been progressing every game. surely iggy wasn't the godsend his first full season either but he turned out to be wat he is today. everybody wants this team to win now but was detroit built in one day?

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#39 B
November 30 2010, 12:54PM
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@Stephan

...I agree 99.9% with everything you said. It would not be a bad decision to keep Backlund in the lineup. However, with reference to your Detroit comment, the Red Wings are notorious for letting their prospects develop AWAY from the NHL and only then brining them to play when they are 100% ready. Backlund is only 21 years old. These Red Wings didn't play their first NHL season until later than Backlund: Franzen (26), Datsyuk (23), and Zetterberg (22). I'm not saying give up on Backlund, or that he is not playing well.

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#40 everton fc
November 30 2010, 01:22PM
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To add to the Backlund furor! :)

Here's what I posted earlier:

"The experiment of Jokinen/Backlund/Hagman may work. But Backlund will never score more than 10-12 goals at this level. He's not much more than Boyd was, and looks smallish in traffic. Still, Backlund had a decent evening. Agreed. And Joker hustled. Kotalik would be a nice fit with Jokinen and Hagman"

Note I didn't say he should be sent down. AHL minutes will not help him. Nor will they help Meyer. Both are ready, in my opinion.

So many went wild when Dawes was cut. What has he done to make this decision seem insane? Most were uspet when Boyd was dumped. He has 1 goal in 9 games with the Habs. That said, I think Boyd staying here may have produced 10-12 goals a season. On a third line. Maybe.

Perhaps I am a bit too harsh on Backlund here in print. I do like him, and hope he does better than 10-12 goals a season. He's seems a fun kid, a decent fellow, and has a lot of upside. I'll bet he's good in the dressing room which is important. But I think he's a third line NHLer. That's what I was getting at.

What they do with him, or anyone else, come Kotalik's return, is uncertain. What happens to Conroy? Meyer?? Ivanans, for that matter??? Someone's has to be moved.

@Lawrence - I agree with the roots of your fury and passion. I might not be as high on Baklund and some... But I like him, and think he needs to get a shot here.

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#41 PrairieStew
November 30 2010, 01:22PM
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Backlund is fine. He has played well enough to stay even though most of us were suggesting he start the year in Abbotsford. As to expectation, the last 10 centres drafted in the 20-25 slot averaged less than 10 goals and 16 assists in their 21 year old year.

http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com/2010/9/24/1708091/useless-points-based-analysis-backlund

Some of those guys have developed in to pretty good players : Zajac, Kesler, M Richards etc, but certainly weren't world beaters at 21.

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#42 Kent Wilson
November 30 2010, 01:38PM
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I wouldn't personally cut Backlund...but some are raising good points here: he might get squeezed out via the numbers game. Im pretty sure he can still ale to bounce up and down between the NHL and WHL without passing through waivers. That might be the only option left for the club if they can't make a trade.

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#43 B
November 30 2010, 01:42PM
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@everton fc

Conroy and Ivanas are easy enough to buy out or send down to the AHL. I think Meyer has already been sent down and is waiting to clear waivers.

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November 30 2010, 01:51PM
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...I just hope that trade DOESN'T involve Hagman.

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#45 dotfras
November 30 2010, 01:56PM
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Yeah meyer has been sent down.

As soon as Pardy is back I think Unsteady Steve goes down to the A to face fellow overpaid veterans Souray & Redden, etc. Seems to be the trend this year.

Conroy & Morrisson in the presser make for two decent fill ins if/when injuries arise.

Iginla-Stajan-Tanguay - Seem to be producing well now.

Hagman-Backlund-Bourque - I think a solid second line.

GlenX-Jokinen-Kotalik - Sorry Scoreface.

Kosto-Moss-Jackman - I would think Kostoplous & Jackman are in & out with Morrisson/Conroy.

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#46 everton fc
November 30 2010, 02:26PM
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Missed that about Meyer. Hope he clears waivers.

Ivanans should be bought out. At least this team proves you don't need a goon. Jackman's not a goon.

As for Conroy... It may be the end of the line, hey? But I don't think Moss is a 4th line centre. He's more valuable to us than that role.

We may see some unexpected movement here. Stay tuned.

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#47 dotfras
November 30 2010, 02:31PM
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I think that one of Glenx/Mosser could be moved. They are fairly similar players both with a complete game.

Do you think we will be able to re-sign Glenny? If not part him for a prospect?

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#48 FireOnIce
November 30 2010, 02:33PM
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Yeah, Meyer cleared waivers.

On a side note, Avs traded Scott Hannan to the Caps for Tomas Fleischmann. Seems like we have a few aging defenders making about that money that we could have offloaded... derp derp Sutter.

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#49 B
November 30 2010, 02:50PM
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...I'd hate to part with Glencross (great 3rd line PK specialist), but he is an upcoming UFA, and we might be able to unload someone like Sarich in a package with him (and his big cap hit of 3.6 million in the last year of his contract upcoming next year).

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...Bow (6.5 m), Gio/Regher (4m x 2) for next season = no room for Sarich @ 3.6m next season.

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