Five things: Ahhhhh jeez

Ryan Lambert
June 05 2012 08:03AM

1. What are they doing?

So Roger Millions tweeted on Monday that the Flames have every intention of scaling back payroll so that they're no longer a cap-ceiling team. 

Theoretically, this is not a thing I hate. Any team that hasn't made the playoffs in three seasons despite being at the cap ceiling is clearly doing something very, very wrong and consequently, something has to change. Therefore, scaling back payroll is a good idea in theory.

But a lot of things that are good ideas in theory (like socialism) tend to go extremely poorly in actual practice, and what we can glean from that is just the idea of saying that the team will sit the next season at least more or less at $15-17 million below the cap ceiling — assuming the new CBA keeps the current salary cap structure approximately intact — may not accomplish the team's previously-stated goals.

2. The first reason this is really stupid

They want to be competitive.

That was one of the things Bob Hartley repeatedly stressed in both his interview on the Flames' official website and his introductory press conference. That, itself, was not exactly jibing with the youth movement philosophy John Weisbrod in particular had been disseminating through official channels just a few months prior, but if you want to lure successful coaches, maybe you have to be a little pliable in that regard. Fair enough.

But let's keep several things in mind here. First, the Flames have 16 or 17 contracts all signed and ready to go for next season (depending on whether you think Sven Baertschi sticks with the big club, and I do), for a cap hit of $50.3 million or $51.6 million, respectively. That's with six or so restricted free agents to re-sign, though, granted, not all will be with the big club next season. Those RFAs include Leland Irving and Mikael Backlund, who one supposes the team would be loath to deal. That also doesn't include top KHL netminder Karri Ramo, who may or may not come over to play for Calgary.

And so how do you actively improve a roster that missed the playoffs by five points while spending the bare minimum to fill three or four holes in the roster (an average contract of a little less than $1 million apiece)?

Well, there's one answer, but the team itself has expressed a distate for it...

3. The second reason

They refuse to sell any of the team's top players, probably because of the above reason, which again, is stupid.

If you read the Millions tweet quoted above, you'll note that he used a hashtag asking "who comes, who goes?" An interesting question.

We've already been told that Jarome Iginla will, under no circumstances, be sold off for a raft of picks and prospects. Repeatedly, in fact. And then Millions confirmed to our own Kent Wilson today, in discussing the decision to scale back payroll significantly, that Miikka Kiprusoff is likewise not up for offer to any goaltender-hungry teams out there, this despite it clearly being the sellers' market-est of sellers' markets in the last several years. Millions also noted late last week that the team currently has no plans to buy anyone out, at least not in the current window to do so (though this would of course not preclude doing so during any buyout amnesty window when the new CBA gets signed).

Which, Millions later hinted, means that Jay Bouwmeester is moved, perhaps at the draft. It's only logical as he has one of the few remaining big-money contracts ($6.68 million against the cap the next two seasons), and, unlike Mike Cammalleri or Roman Cervenka (both of whom are being paid too much), was not just acquired by this same management group a few months ago.

The problem with moving Bouwmeester is that it leaves a big old hole in the top defensive pairing, first and foremost, and second, comes the distinct problem that, unlike any kind of front-loaded deal, pays him more or less the same amount of money as his cap hit. This should be discouraging to all but cap floor teams, who are usually more than happy to take other sides' salary dumps as long as they don't have to give much back in return. They'd be less likely to do so given how much they would actually have to pay him $6.6 million in actual dollars, versus his $6.68 million cap hit. And again, that's for each of the next two years, not just this one.

The only other option, which seems even less feasible, is moving Matt Stajan, but no one wants him for obvious reasons.

4. Reason No. 3

The above two reasons are dichotimous with the idea of cutting payroll.

I'm all for the idea of spending wisely. I like the idea of having cap flexibility and I like the idea of not paying a ton of money for sub-mediocre teams. If you're going to compete, you have to — just more wisely than you have in the past — and this, perhaps, necessitates not trying to land a big fish and either having it work out or not, at least for a little while. Olli Jokinen, we've repeatedly been told, will not be back with the team, and okay sure. Nor, one supposes, will Cory Sarich or Scott Hannan, who combined made $4.6 million against the cap last season.

But it comes with the tacit implication that the team recognizes it has spent money poorly, and therefore needs to remediate those problems. One great way to do that is to move out sizable contracts. That's contractS. Plural.

By both standing pat as a team trying to compete, and avoiding having to press the big red button marked "REBUILD" at all costs, the team is effectively treading water in much the same way it has the last three years, but just doing so at a lower price point. If a team like this couldn't make the playoffs before, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which a less burdensome price tag helps it to do so in the near term.

5. I'm crying

As far as I'm concerned, this just reinforces my belief that the team is essentially rudderless, or worse, it's being piloted by two separate captains with very different ideas of how to stay afloat.

I am fairly convinced that Jay Feaster and Co. would like to move more youngsters into top roles with the team and are the guys behind salary being scaled back. That's just the feeling you get when you hear them talk, "Going For It" declarations (Never Forget) and guarantees of playoff appearances aside. Those, I feel, are coming from top executives like Ken King and Murray Edwards, who clearly want to milk this cash cow for everything it's worth while they still can. They got a taste of big-time money in 2004 and have been able to rely upon the two most marketable players on that same team since.

Consequently, this is very much an organization trying to live on both sides of the issue. It doesn't want to trade Iginla or Kiprusoff when they still have some amount of value — though they'd know better than me whether Iginla wants to come back at the end of his current contract at a steep discount if only for the victory lap — because that would give the appearance of a rebuild, which if pursued, would likely lead to fewer jerseys and tickets sold over the next five years or so, without providing the guarantee that it will actually work and the team will be better at the end of the day for all the years of tanking (see: Oilers, Edmonton).

In the near term, for an organization with an hilarious stated goal of attempting to make the playoffs, I don't know who this helps apart from the guys cutting the checks. It sure isn't the team.

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#1 Mitch2
June 05 2012, 08:33AM
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The Flames are not going to make the playoffs, regardless of whether they spend to the Cap or not.

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#3 Tim
June 05 2012, 08:43AM
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Eerily similar to the Leafs situation from a few years back. Good luck Flames fans!

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#4 Mitch2
June 05 2012, 08:57AM
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Ryan Lambert wrote:

Yes, that's what you were supposed to get out of this article. Thanks for reading.

No problem, someone has to.

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#5 Graham
June 05 2012, 09:01AM
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Take last year’s team, subtract Bouwmeester (who likely return a bag of pucks), replace a bunch of our UFA with entry level (cheap) talent, add a year to returning player ages, and you basically have next year’s addition of the Flames.

No legit first or second line center, one legit top 4 d man, no rebuild, no retool. The only plan, the old smoke and mirrors trick, convince fans that the team is adding through subtraction.

Feaster wants a competitive team, well he will have one, but competitive with whom? The owners don’t want a rebuild because they fear it will impact attendance, this approach will produce the same result, just slower. It’s the death of a thousand cuts…

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#6 Big Ell
June 05 2012, 09:27AM
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"Mike Cammalleri or Roman Cervenka (both of whom are being paid too much)"

I thought that Cervenka's salary was $925 000 with potential bonuses of an additional $2,942,500.

Not sure how the Cap Hit is calculated but $925 000 seems reasonable.

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#7 Mitch2
June 05 2012, 09:30AM
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Rolling back money spent is a early indication the team is prepping for a rebuild by not taking on anymore long-term UFA deals.

It is a good sign imo, no more chasing older UFAs. Better cost containment, unless Hartley is a magic man the Flames will not likely make the playoffs next year, no matter what.

Iginla holds an NMC, maybe he picked only one or two teams to get traded to and the Flames got nothing back for offers on him. Better to keep him for the season at that point.

Kipper, who knows, maybe he will retire after this season and not even play the final year of his contract. _____________

For better or worse, the Flames are not having a Fire Sale and pushing the big two out the door for whatever scraps they can get.

Give them one thing, they are consistent in sticking to their word on the "no scorched earth rebuild" matter...

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#8 smith
June 05 2012, 09:55AM
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I am not sure why you are posting a blog like this. There are several items I do not understand about it.

1. Where did you get this at least 15 -17 million under the cap? Roger Millions just said he was told they would not be a cap team. Yes he said he thought that meant 10 - 15 under but it could only be 5 million under the cap. To my mind 5 under would be great. A couple decent free agents.

2. Who said Jokonin would not be back?

3. Feaster said they would be a cap team. You think he is lying?

4. Everybody except for a couple crazies and you, actually seem to think the Cervenka signing is a good risk and a decent contract.

5. Why is the team rudderless? It seems to me everybody is on the same page and moving in a direction. Yes it might not be a good direction. They are trying to get more youth through drafting, trading, and signings while staying competitive. Can they do it? I do not know, but I am not sure why that is rudderless.

Yes it is great being negative but maybe a bit of thought and/or research on your blogs would be nice.

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#10 Kent Wilson
June 05 2012, 10:10AM
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On Feaster - word is he and King denied Roger's report yesterday and indicated the team would spend as much as it needed to to put together a roster.

At this point, we have no idea what is true or not. We'll have to wait to see what happens in July.

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#11 smith
June 05 2012, 10:13AM
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55 was just a guess. even if they go to 60 they are still well under the cap. Gives them great flexibility. Also I have been hounded by people suggesting they pitch Suter/Parise. I don't believe that is in the cards at all. All I know is when a team exec says they will be under the cap, I believe them. I can't remember Jay saying they would be a cap team. When was that and in what context. btw my exec was not Jay

This is a quote from Roger Millions from CP. He clearly says it is his guess. Roger Millions is a media person. He only provides speculation and what he hears. Until the flames say they are not signing Olli Jokonin they still might. I personally doubt they will but please do not state it as fact when it is not.

Jay Feaster was asked at the season ticket holder event yesterday about Roger Millions reporting the flames would not be a cap team. He said they would be. Why would what Roger Millions "hears" be more reliable?

If they are not a cap team why would it be a problem to pay out bonuses? What is it stopping them from doing?

I.e. Your whole rudderless comment is based from false information. Unless of course Feaster is lying.

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#12 kittensandcookies
June 05 2012, 10:15AM
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Yeah, this is pretty well spot on.

At least in the *Brian* Sutter era the team was of limited talent but they tried to be competitive. The more recent teams just seem to be... lost out there.

The on-ice product is terrible. I suppose people are holding onto their seasons tickets for status and in the hope that team might get two games in the first round. Or something.

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#13 kittensandcookies
June 05 2012, 10:17AM
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"I.e. Your whole rudderless comment is based from false information. Unless of course Feaster is lying."

It is entirely possible for someone to tell the truth and still be incompetent.

Does Feaster think he knows what he's doing? Sure.

Does that mean the Flames are a successful team? Say, where have they finished in the standings recently?

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#14 Mitch2
June 05 2012, 10:19AM
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@smith

The Flames are not signing Joker, that would border on creating a fan revolt from those who know hockey.

I am one of the few who was ok with him when he came back, due to his Cap hit BUT they can not sign him, it doesn't fit the timeline. Joker will certainly want a retirement contract and max dollars and he turns 34 next year.

Feaster has explicitly stated and acted in the direction of getting the team younger. Signing Joker at his age contradicts that. It ain't going to happen.

But I agree with you on the Flames not being rudderless, I think they have a plan, it just isn't fast enough action for a core rebuild crowd out there like Lambert who have wanted rebuild moves for years.

Their plan looks to me to be a slow death rattle rebuild. Time will tell, we have our hope pinned on Sven and Cervenka at this point...

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#15 smith
June 05 2012, 10:21AM
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Very slow and painful death rattle.

Agree completely.

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#16 Mitch2
June 05 2012, 10:23AM
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kittensandcookies wrote:

"I.e. Your whole rudderless comment is based from false information. Unless of course Feaster is lying."

It is entirely possible for someone to tell the truth and still be incompetent.

Does Feaster think he knows what he's doing? Sure.

Does that mean the Flames are a successful team? Say, where have they finished in the standings recently?

You have to keep one more point in your mind and the rumors have swirled in this direction for awhile.

Murray and Flames owners want the team competitive. Murray tells King to pass down the word, King tells the GM and the actions start.

Cripes "the Flames should rebuild" has become a cliche comment now in the hockey world. It has been said by almost everyone in creation for years but the Owners obviously don't want to do that.

Too much connection to the stars, delusions of another 2004, who knows. We are stuck with Murray and the rest of the Owners, we can't get rid of them...

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#17 kittensandcookies
June 05 2012, 10:35AM
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Mitch2 wrote:

You have to keep one more point in your mind and the rumors have swirled in this direction for awhile.

Murray and Flames owners want the team competitive. Murray tells King to pass down the word, King tells the GM and the actions start.

Cripes "the Flames should rebuild" has become a cliche comment now in the hockey world. It has been said by almost everyone in creation for years but the Owners obviously don't want to do that.

Too much connection to the stars, delusions of another 2004, who knows. We are stuck with Murray and the rest of the Owners, we can't get rid of them...

Pretty much, yeah.

One thing that has always struck me is how fans, the media and Flames' management accept mediocrity so readily.

If the Flames wanted to be competitive the last few years, they needed extraordinary drafting. So they should've tried to get extraordinary drafters - really, at any cost.

But that didn't happen. And you know what? People were okay with that. They simply shrugged their shoulders and said "It's hard to draft!". Yeah, I guess it is. But that's not an excuse to do what they did, especially since people bring up, say, Edward's success in turning around a company like CNRL from near-bankruptcy into a multi-billion company. I guess that's easier than drafting hockey players. Or so it seems.

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#18 the-wolf
June 05 2012, 10:42AM
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Good article.

I've been sounding the horn and using the 'Toronto West' and 'Jarome Sundin' comparisons for years now and so have a lot of other people. Which is why I don't get it. The team has had fair warning and other examples to look at, but continue to insist on going down this slow road of death. Like they want to prove the assertion that "no one chooses to rebuild, they only do it when forced to," or something.

Iginla needs to be re-signed or traded before the season starts or the team is really going to get kicked in the junk next year.

Interesting point about 2 captains. This is the theory I've come to believe in. Seems like Feaster and Weisbord would like to go one way and are being intructed to go the other way. In that respect, they are rudderles. And in that sense, King/Edwards interfere in hockey ops. Might be the owners money and therefore their choice to choose a direction, but when it goes against reality and advice from hockey ops then you have a problem.

History repeats itself. A few years from now the Flames will be looking north and trying to figure out what players they need to acquire in order to shut down Hall, Eberle, Nuge, etc.

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#20 the-wolf
June 05 2012, 10:53AM
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@ Lambert - exactly - LA is not really an 8th seed team, they underachieved, but Flames brass will use it as an excuse anyways.

And no, Philly didn't lose in the playoffs and LA succeed in the playoffs all because of the loss and acquisitions of Carter and Richards.

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#21 Bob Cob
June 05 2012, 10:56AM
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You guys in Calgary have no idea what is going on in Edmonton. They didn't tank it on purpose, they were as bad as their record indicated, had lots of injuries and had to play young kids, they are just now starting to turn the corner based on their point improvement last year. Also they had no choice to go the scorched earth mode to rebuild, no one wanted to sign in Edmonton and they had too many big contracts. Second of all the rebuild in Edmonton is not over, its about half way through, its been 3 years, and everyone in Edmonton new it would take 5-7 years to turn it around. First step, draft young kids, done after they take Yakupov, second step, build around them, thats what Tambellini has to do and will be the difficult part. The Oilers need a new GM.

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#22 propositionWes
June 05 2012, 11:05AM
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I continue to be baffled by the weight given to comments made by MGT and coaches. They are in no way obligated to tell the fans or the media the truth, in fact to do so would probably lead to a worse run club.

When Iginla or Glencross is interviewed during an intermission, every knows that their comments are cliché and not meant to be discussed ad nauseum.

"We're getting some chances and we just have to continue to play our game." is the sort of statement that players make and if there is any substance to these comments at all it is minimal at best.

However when Feaster makes a comment we act like he is honestly discussing strategies when he is likely engaging in either active deception or PR pabulum.

While certain members of the Flames Inteligencia are already writing off next year, they do not know what the future holds.

Here's what we know for sure about next year (assuming there is a next year): The Flames will have a full roster, They will excite, engage, disappoint and disgust in various measures, I will drink beer and watch every game I can.

Rant concluded

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#23 the-wolf
June 05 2012, 11:16AM
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@PropositionWes - best to make that a LOT of beer.

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#24 Jerconjake
June 05 2012, 11:34AM
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I don't understand the fear that Flames fans will suddenly stop liking hockey and going to games if the team decides to rebuild. I'm not a Calgary native, but it seems to me that there are enough fans in a strong Alberta economy to keep the team afloat, just like the Oilers and their string of sell-out crowds who watched 30th place hockey for three years. With all the blogging and alternative media sources these days, fans are more educated than ever. The next generation of season ticket holders would understand what the Flames were trying to do.

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#25 kittensandcookies
June 05 2012, 11:44AM
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Jerconjake wrote:

I don't understand the fear that Flames fans will suddenly stop liking hockey and going to games if the team decides to rebuild. I'm not a Calgary native, but it seems to me that there are enough fans in a strong Alberta economy to keep the team afloat, just like the Oilers and their string of sell-out crowds who watched 30th place hockey for three years. With all the blogging and alternative media sources these days, fans are more educated than ever. The next generation of season ticket holders would understand what the Flames were trying to do.

Flames management saw what happened last time - they felt the rebuild never worked, they lost a lot of STHs and threatened to move the team.

But then again, I've always thought that was a mis-analysis of the situation though.

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#26 Tim
June 05 2012, 11:58AM
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@Lambert - If Iggy isn't playing like a 40-goal scorer anymore, than Jeff Carter sure as hell isn't playing like a 40-goal scorer anymore. That being said, the point is well made. The Flames definitely don't have any of those other pieces, but they still do have one of the best goalies in the league in Kipper. We've learned that if a team needs one thing to win a Cup, it's a goalie who dominates from start to finish, a la Jon Quick. Too bad that by the time the Flames get those other pieces in place, Kipper will probably be retired/decrepit.

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#27 Alt
June 05 2012, 11:59AM
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Overeaction to a media blog.Iam like Darryl.I don,t believe much i hear from the media.Also find it hard to believe any Flames fans are comparing there team to the LA Kings.C,MON.

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#28 Seething red
June 05 2012, 12:03PM
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When did Jerome Iginla become such a malcontent? We give the guy crap coaches including three Suters and a career Assistent. The Career Assistent comes through Calgary and in a classless move says Jerome doesn't like to practice and we are supposed to trade him at all costs!

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#29 the-wolf
June 05 2012, 12:12PM
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@Alt - Heard a guy on the Fan call in the other day and compare Iginla, Gio and Kipper to Kopitar, Doughty and Quick. Yes, he was serius. "If they can do it with those guys, why can't we do it with these guys?" was his point.

Not sure if the Fan screens calls to only allow people like that on there, but if you listen to those callers (and I can't anymore), fans like the guy I mention are a strong majority.

Because Iginla is as good as Kopitar and all that. Yup, same age too....

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#30 the-wolf
June 05 2012, 12:14PM
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@ Seething red - I'm not sure "malcontent" is the right word. I'd go with "overindulged."

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#31 Seething red
June 05 2012, 12:46PM
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Soooo... Maybe Jerome challenged the coaches on things like line matching, or zone starts, or the power play, God noes how adept Sutter proved himself to be in those areas. I don't mean to hijack the thread but my point is you could add excellent coach to first line center on the list of things Jerome has never experienced in Calgary. You need to remember Iggy has had some excellent coaching through the National team to compare to his tenure in Calgary maybe he knows better than most what it looks like.

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#32 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
June 05 2012, 01:02PM
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Umm...I'm no statistical genius, but as a very informed poster on an SB Nation site asserted (the article was circulated on Matchsticksandgasoline as well), Flames fans should pray that Cervenka hits his bonuses as that would mean he would be a top-ten player in the league as far as points and some other stats are concerned. Rookies don't get bonuses for just showing up. There are certain statistical criteria that has to be met, in addition to other standards (i.e. All-Star appearances, etc.)

In other words, if Cervenka earns his bonuses he would be the best bang for the buck in the NHL bar none.

I enjoy your rants, but please do a little more research next time.

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#33 RexLibris
June 05 2012, 01:16PM
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Seems like there's a lot of hostility amongst Flames fans today.

Ryan, you may have wanted to post the picture of Iginla riding the shiny pony again. It seems to soothe the nerves.

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#34 RexLibris
June 05 2012, 01:18PM
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@the-wolf

Out of curiosity, aside from 960, are there any other sports talk radio stations in Calgary?

There are two in Edmonton, 1260 and 630 (the rights holder) which can be a godsend when one or the other is inundated with the mouth-breathers calling in such as you have described.

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#35 the-wolf
June 05 2012, 01:33PM
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@ Rex - not full time I don't think,but 770 is talk radio and has a sports segment in the evenings with Jock Wilson. It's a refreshing change sometimes, as you note.

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#36 negrilcowboy
June 05 2012, 02:04PM
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the kings and kings are as similar as a ferrari and a yugo. both are cars but after both having tires and an internal combustion engine the commonalities end. the flames are morphing into the western version of the leafs,however the leafs actually have more assets in current players and prospects.igglatowski is the new sundin, placing his wishes and desires ahead of the team. hard to respect a captain and alledged leader with an agenda like that.

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#37 suba steve
June 05 2012, 02:24PM
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Was just at Flames site, Cloutier has joined the Flames staff.

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#38 Emir
June 05 2012, 03:31PM
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I like the article because it calls a spade a spade. I hope this org can get it together but I'm not holding my breath.

Silver lining: at least this rudderless ship gives us something to talk about lol

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#39 RexLibris
June 05 2012, 03:56PM
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Emir wrote:

I like the article because it calls a spade a spade. I hope this org can get it together but I'm not holding my breath.

Silver lining: at least this rudderless ship gives us something to talk about lol

The Flames aren't rudderless, it's just that they have this guy at the helm.

http://www.worth1000.com/entries/223992/crazy-pirate

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#40 Chris
June 05 2012, 04:21PM
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Hey, if the Coyotes can get $15M a year from the city of Glendale, surely the Flames could get $10M a year from Calgary.

:D :D :D

Seriously, though, what a joke in the desert. Glendale is spending itself into oblivion, and so are the Coyotes. I'll eat my hat if they finish the complete term of the agreement without one of the parties declaring bankruptcy.

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#41 Kevin R
June 05 2012, 04:38PM
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Ryan, we sometimes jump to many conclusions when a piece of info is put out there that has many interpretations. If these guys just came out and said yes we are going to do a systematic rebuild, which I think indirectly they already have, no one expects to spend to the cap limit in that scenario. So maybe RM is letting half the dog out of the bag in that, yes, they wont be anywhere near the cap next year. But that doesnt necessarily mean they wont spend to the cap in a few years when they truly do feel they have the pieces and team to compete. We all know this team, structured the way it is, is not winning anything anytime soon. If ownership take a bit of a ticket & jersey hit during this systematic rebuild nobody wants to admit to, it sure helps when the salary is like 10-15 million lower. I'm trying to find a positive spin on this instead of dwelling on the possibility our Ownership group dont want to spend in the confines of the NHL to put out the best chance to win the Stanley Cup.

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#42 Austin
June 05 2012, 04:41PM
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This really is terrible news. My predictions if Bouwmeester goes: (keep in mind this is not what I want to see happen). I think you'll see a team that is on the brink of making the playoffs like Colorado or a team like that make a trade with us. We give them Bouwmeester, they give us 2nd round pick and a top 4 defender like Erik Johnson. Other than that I'd just be happy for a first round pick and a defensive prospect.

Thoughts?

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#43 loudogYYC
June 05 2012, 06:12PM
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@Austin

Depending on what EJ expects to make on his next contract (He's currently a 24 year old RFA), I'd be ok with that trade. Flames will definitely save some money there compared to Jbo's $6.68M cap hit, they get another pick in the top 100 and acquire a new whipping boy that won't be able to fulfill the huge expectations we'll have for him.

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#44 Franko J
June 06 2012, 08:30PM
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For the past 3 to 4 seasons the Flames owners have spent to the cap trying to get this team to the playoffs. They have tried to bring veteran core players to play along with Kipper and Iggy. Yet what have been the result: no playoffs, poor and inconsistent performance on the ice. With many of nights the games where it was boring and lacked excitement for the fans. Maybe the Flames ownership is learning that this team is not good enough to complete for a top eight spot and is realizing why waste their money on players who yield little in return for their investment.

Every team has their own way of retooling, rebuilding, and tinkering with their respective rosters. The goal is to put a competitive, exciting team on the ice. While the Flames have try in their game, overall they lack the required skill, speed, talent and heart to be considered a playoff team. No matter how much do spend next season on the roster the results appear to be the same. Feaster probably didn't realize at first what an enormous task was at hand with this team. When he arrived the team looked decent enough on paper, but he soon found out in reality such was not the case.

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#45 KetchupKid
June 08 2012, 10:51PM
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If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin wrote:

Umm...I'm no statistical genius, but as a very informed poster on an SB Nation site asserted (the article was circulated on Matchsticksandgasoline as well), Flames fans should pray that Cervenka hits his bonuses as that would mean he would be a top-ten player in the league as far as points and some other stats are concerned. Rookies don't get bonuses for just showing up. There are certain statistical criteria that has to be met, in addition to other standards (i.e. All-Star appearances, etc.)

In other words, if Cervenka earns his bonuses he would be the best bang for the buck in the NHL bar none.

I enjoy your rants, but please do a little more research next time.

But the cap hit. The cap hit is what we're talking about. What are the odds he's worth his cap hit?

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