Game No. 31: That's it

Ryan Lambert
December 13 2010 05:19PM

Flames: terrible! Blue Jackets: also terrible! Excitement: palpable!

 

Well the knives are finally out for the wider world to see.

 

 

In this insular little blogging culture of ours, we sometimes forget that while our opinions are always correct, almost every hockey fan (statistically speaking) doesn't know what goes on here on the internet.

 

They may have Twitter, they may even read TSN and other major sports sites, but don't read up on CORSI and qualcomp stats and they sure as hell don't obsess over them.

 

So when we were all calling for Darryl Sutter's job last year, this summer, and then after pretty much every game right up until this very second, most people were blissfully ignorant that we had everything from scoring chance spreadsheets to even strength head to head pie charts proving exactly what this team needed (namely, a rebuild run by a competent general manager).

 

Until yesterday.

 

YESTERDAY

 

Yesterday was the day George Johnson wrote a brutally punishing takedown of Darryl Sutter's management not just of the Calgary Flames, but the organization in general. The big club ineffective, the AHL team littered with has-beens and won't-bes, the junior and college cupboards appallingly bare, with a conga line of coaching casualties left in his hack-and-slash, it's-not-on-me wake. So the real question is: How did it take so long?

 

Was it not painfully evident after, just picking a date arbitrarily, the Phaneuf trade? Or, I don't know, the Jokinen signing? Or, let's say, the White trade? The asset management has been remarkably, almost impossibly bad, and his management of the big club, well, the record the last two years speaks for itself.

 

 

Johnson hinted at a hell of a good point in that article, saying six years ago, the city was at Daz's feet, and now it's at his throat. A hell of a goddamn lot has changed in those six years, but the biggest change has been to Sutter's ego, or at least our perception of it. When the Flames made the Cup Finals — let's just admit it at this point — it wasn't a team that deserved to be there.

 

A series of past-their-prime second line guys, more brainless thugs than you could shake a stick at, a good but not great young defense, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff. That's all that team was, and that it pretty much got screwed out of a Cup win in Game 6 was, honestly, far better than it deserved. But it just gave Sutter all the resolve he needed to pick apart what was, at the time, a burgeoning if underwhelming system and using it to improve the big club for the purposes of making it back to where he thought they should be.

He simply bulldozed his way through big- and medium-name acquisitions for what, in the end, amounted to zero series wins and a playoff DNQ last season, and probably another this year.

 

That he's been able to keep his job this long proves the city's been at his feet much more recently than six years ago. Hell, in his mind, it's still there.

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#1 backburner
December 13 2010, 05:26PM
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That headline is so misleading! I thought Darryl had finally been canned! Shame on you! I got as excited as if that read FREE SEX!!!

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#2 Gange
December 13 2010, 06:04PM
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backburner wrote:

That headline is so misleading! I thought Darryl had finally been canned! Shame on you! I got as excited as if that read FREE SEX!!!

Awww...Me too!

It was like spring had just come after a long cold winter. Now I'm just back in that long cold winter.

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#3 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 06:08PM
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Im all for Daz and being fired and im all for the critcism he gets,i can easily admit it isnt working and we need a new gm worse than ever. But George Johnson took it over the line yesterday, i mean its one thing to critisize a guys trades and free agent signings as a gm, but i felt like george was really going after darryl personally rather than as a journalist. Calling him insecure everytime he walks into a room really has nothing to do with hockey, it leads me to wonder if maybe darryl snubbed old georgie one day and he has it out for him and the flames. I dont know just a theory but when was the last time george wrote something nice about the flames there hasnt been alot of good this season but it seems he only had something to say when the negative was to be said. Just a thought anyways

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#4 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 06:10PM
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As for the game...go Flames! Amiright?

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#5 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 06:12PM
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@D_mac15

Darryl hasn't always been...uh...friendly with the media. It's hardly a surprise they'd line up to kick him while he's down.

Besides, fans/media/etc surrounding a team are almost never kind to decision makers when the club falls on hard times.

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#6 dickshilling
December 13 2010, 06:14PM
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RE: The 2004 Cup run--> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT-VuQgLzD0

I only speak the truth..

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#7 SmellOfVictory
December 13 2010, 06:28PM
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Good piece, sir. And awesome video, dickshilling. Haha.

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#8 marty
December 13 2010, 06:31PM
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ah so either 5 or 6 game win streak or how ever many dumps it takes for some change. ugh, sigh fml.

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#9 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 06:38PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Darryl hasn't always been...uh...friendly with the media. It's hardly a surprise they'd line up to kick him while he's down.

Besides, fans/media/etc surrounding a team are almost never kind to decision makers when the club falls on hard times.

haha ya he definatley isnt a media friendly man and i agree like mostly everyone on here that darryl deserves almost all he gets, just felt the article got a little more personal than usual, like he was really going after him

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#10 walkinvisible
December 13 2010, 06:38PM
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wow. alot of valid points presented in that piece. like wow.

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#11 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 07:11PM
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Classic Iggy snipe. He can still shoot.

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#12 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 07:16PM
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Horrid goaltending by Steve Mason.

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#13 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 07:19PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Horrid goaltending by Steve Mason.

thats an understatement. echl caljbre.

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#14 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 07:25PM
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Ill tell you right now I've seen better goaltending in junior b

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#15 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 07:26PM
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Ill tell you right now I've seen better goaltending in junior b

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#16 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 07:29PM
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Flames are having a good opening period for once. They aren't running CBJ out of the rink, but they're at least creating things in offensive end.

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#17 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 07:29PM
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D_mac15 wrote:

Ill tell you right now I've seen better goaltending in junior b

Heh. I had a similar comment on twitter.

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#18 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 07:43PM
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Quality period by the Flames. The Morrison goal was BS, but CGY was legitimately better. They won the chance count 7-5, but could have more chances with a couple of bounces. They held Columbus to just one chance in the final 10 minutes.

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#19 Robert Cleave
December 13 2010, 07:43PM
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corsi.

CGY +6, EV shots 10-6 CGY. Backlund had a very good 20 minutes, and it was very sporting of Steve Mason to allow that Morrison goal. Good period all around.

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#20 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 07:47PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Quality period by the Flames. The Morrison goal was BS, but CGY was legitimately better. They won the chance count 7-5, but could have more chances with a couple of bounces. They held Columbus to just one chance in the final 10 minutes.

flames held the edge, mason's contribution was significant. tough on road team when goalie is that brutal.

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#21 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 07:55PM
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Challenge for the Flames now is not to sit on the lead like a nervous Hen. They've done that a lot under this coach the last season and a half.

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#22 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 08:06PM
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Not a lot going on through the first 5 minutes of the second.

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#23 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 08:24PM
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Ice is starting to tilt to the Flames end. Particularly when Nash is out there.

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#24 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 08:25PM
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better hockey at the mac's

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#25 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 08:26PM
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This is just a standard calgary flames game after getting a first period lead, I can't say I hate it cuz I do enjoy them winning, but it is so boring

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#26 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 08:34PM
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Flames were just hanging on by the end there.

Going to be another interesting finish.

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#27 Robert Cleave
December 13 2010, 08:35PM
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Corsi.

CGY -1, -6 in the 2nd. EV shots 15-14 CGY, 8-5 CBJ in the period. The Flames slept through that 20, and now they're in a one goal game where the Blue Jackets haven't had a PP chance. Hmmm.

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#28 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 08:43PM
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not alot of positives to take from this game so far.don't see much enthusiasm. tanguay the next healthy scratch?

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#29 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 08:47PM
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hal a pena wrote:

not alot of positives to take from this game so far.don't see much enthusiasm. tanguay the next healthy scratch?

The first period was mostly good. Positivity!

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#30 SmellOfVictory
December 13 2010, 08:58PM
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To flog a dead horse: Backlund on the pp, please.

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#31 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:00PM
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Flames are just trying to get to the red line in this period.

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#32 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 09:00PM
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pardy and babchuck struggling.

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#33 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:09PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

To flog a dead horse: Backlund on the pp, please.

Yeah...there really is no harm in trying it.

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#34 Langdon Aulger
December 13 2010, 09:11PM
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backburner wrote:

That headline is so misleading! I thought Darryl had finally been canned! Shame on you! I got as excited as if that read FREE SEX!!!

For a very brief moment, the bars on 17th were calling in extra staff and plans were being made to light up the red mile in celebration. Oh well, it was good for a brief second.

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#35 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 09:11PM
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They can't possibly put those two guys on the ice anymore can they?

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#36 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:13PM
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They can't possibly put those two guys on the ice anymore can they?

You spoke too soon. Pardy with the Flames first minor.

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#37 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 09:15PM
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pardy and badchuck. the keystone cops.

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#38 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 09:17PM
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You just knew that was coming

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#39 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:18PM
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I guess that was inevitable given the way the third has gone.

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#40 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 09:23PM
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eliminate the mason factor, 2 goals 4 shots, and like i said not alot of positives to take from this game. pardy and babchuck are an ahl pairing.

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#41 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:24PM
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Back to OT. Man this team loves it's one goal games.

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#42 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:25PM
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hal a pena wrote:

eliminate the mason factor, 2 goals 4 shots, and like i said not alot of positives to take from this game. pardy and babchuck are an ahl pairing.

Yeah. Flames probably lose if Mason is an NHL quality 'tender.

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#43 Robert Cleave
December 13 2010, 09:26PM
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Corsi.

CGY -9, -3 in the 3rd, EV shots finished 22-20 CBJ. That was two periods of indifference punished.

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#44 Robert Cleave
December 13 2010, 09:30PM
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That was a hell of a shift by Iggy.

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#45 Langdon Aulger
December 13 2010, 09:31PM
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Thank god that's over.

If I hear Loubardius say "Rainy Bork" one more time, I'll lose it.

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#46 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 09:32PM
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what mason wasnt third star?

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#47 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 09:33PM
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if i hear "with authority" one more time .....

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#48 Kent Wilson
December 13 2010, 09:39PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

That was a hell of a shift by Iggy.

Yeah. Not a great overall game by Jarome, but flashes of old brilliance tonight.

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#49 hal a pena
December 13 2010, 09:46PM
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Langdon Aulger wrote:

Thank god that's over.

If I hear Loubardius say "Rainy Bork" one more time, I'll lose it.

did rainy even play, didn't notice him. that is very annoying i must agree.

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#50 D_mac15
December 13 2010, 09:49PM
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hey wins are wins and I'm not one to complain about them but god that was close. Just 5 out of the next 6 and we're kind of back in it

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