FGD: Flying Out of 2013

Ryan Pike
December 31 2013 02:59PM

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The Calgary Flames are sending 2013 out tonight, hopefully in style, against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are one of many middling Eastern Conference teams that are barely above the .500 mark but still have playoff hopes. To be honest, the Flyers likely aren't that much better than the Flames, but they benefit from playing the Eastern teams more.

In terms of line-ups, Ray Emery will start for the Flyers and Reto Berra goes for Calgary. If Kevin Westgarth arrives in time, he'll slot in for the home side, so presumably your extra bodies for the Flames are Chris Breen, Markus Granlund and, possibly, TJ Galiardi.

The puck drops at 7pm MT and the game will be carried on various Sportsnet properties.

Have a safe, happy and healthy New Year's everyone!

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 Carlizzle
December 31 2013, 05:17PM
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Flames sign Poirier to a 3 year entry level deal today.

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#2 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 31 2013, 04:45PM
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Looking forward to the game, as usual.

Flames need to put a few in the net just for sake of morale. Hopefully tonight.

Blessing to all, and hope your new year is happy and prosperous.

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#3 Spaz
December 31 2013, 03:19PM
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I think you're selling the Flyers a bit short, they had an abysmal start to the season (3 wins in October) but have been playing at a much better rate lately. Not saying they're a world beater but 17 wins in the last 25 is a bit above .500

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#4 FlamesRule
December 31 2013, 03:32PM
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@Spaz

"Aren't that much better" - I'd trade Philly's first line for ours (and throw in a face puncher) in a heartbeat!

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#5 Spaz
December 31 2013, 03:45PM
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Well if you're tossing in a face puncher you might as well ask for Simmonds back.

Hell their third line of Read, Couturier, and Lecavalier for the dancing bear straight up!

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#6 Christian Roatis
December 31 2013, 04:55PM
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Damn it Ryan, I have places to be I can't afford to read this massive, never ending FGD!

And with that, have a Happy New Year everybody!

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#7 cunning_linguist
December 31 2013, 06:34PM
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It's pretty obvious, here's what's happening:

Burke had a meeting with Ownership. He tells them "guys, this Connor McDavid kid is the key to making the Flames a Cup Champion again". He then proceeds to lay out a plan whereby he fires Feaster, takes over as interim GM and makes our roster as terrible as possible. Trading Cammy, Stajan, Stemps, even McGrattan (anyone with any possible trade value) in exchange for prospects and picks in the 2015 draft (as it is much deeper than the 2014 draft).

The only problem: The NHL won't permit a team to tank obviously, no throwing games. It would be dumb to just call up kids and throw them all to the wolves as you waste valuable development time down in the AHL. Instead, Burke outlines a brilliant scheme whereby he will insist upon his old Toronto model of SIZE + GRITCHART + FACEPUNCHER = SUCCESS, a model he has since learned will not build a contender. This strategy of filling the Flames roster with dancing bears will allow us to tank for a bunch of awesome top 3 draft picks over the coming years, while simultaneously protecting the kids down in Abby from "losing culture", staying under the NHL's "no intentional losing allowed" radar, and providing entertaining, albeit losing, physical facepunching hockey for the fans.

At least I sincerely hope so.

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#8 MichaelD
December 31 2013, 05:16PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

what a gentleman

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#9 Walter White
December 31 2013, 05:17PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Looking forward to the game, as usual.

Flames need to put a few in the net just for sake of morale. Hopefully tonight.

Blessing to all, and hope your new year is happy and prosperous.

Same to you, buddy!

WW

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#10 Ted
December 31 2013, 07:04PM
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Odd move but does it really make a difference? The Flames are going to miss the playoffs and get another lottery pick. We all knew this before the season began.

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#11 MontanaMan
December 31 2013, 07:12PM
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Going to be a long go for the Flames. They need so much and beyond a few pieces including Gio and Monahan they don't have much. I'm not a fan of Glencross and I'm indifferent on Cammy and Hudler and the goaltending situation is very suspect so household changes are needed. This is not an easy task but time will tell.

On a more positive note, great win by Team Canada and Coach Sutter today. Still lots of tournament left but good victory to silence the comments of many, including WW. Happy New Year folks.

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#12 Carlizzle
December 31 2013, 07:49PM
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7 scoreless periods and counting.....

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#13 Burnward
December 31 2013, 08:14PM
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That's one of the longest 6 on 5's I think I can remember.

Big Ern, beastly tonight,

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#14 Karimeeloranta
December 31 2013, 09:38PM
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Uninspired ho-hum crapola for the third straight game. Is this the 2014 "hockey" approach under new management? At least at the start of the season there were a few goals. Paint drying, glaciers melting, ugh. Dull and painful like Burke putting on a tie the morning after a whiskey tear. Yikes.

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#15 Spaz
December 31 2013, 03:29PM
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Screwed my math up a bit there think it's actually 15 wins in 24 games, but point being is they're competitive.

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#16 Burnward
December 31 2013, 06:19PM
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Happy New Year all!

GO FLAMES GO!

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#17 Burnward
December 31 2013, 06:37PM
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@cunning_linguist

So obvious.

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#18 Burnward
December 31 2013, 07:38PM
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Took me until now, or maybe it's the intoxicants, but I think I finally figured out who I should be comparing Monahan to in his prime.

I'm going with Patty Marleau.

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#19 Burnward
December 31 2013, 08:44PM
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Monahan has ice in his veins.

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#20 RKD
December 31 2013, 09:09PM
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Glad the Flames broke the scoring drought after two games.

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#21 Carlizzle
December 31 2013, 10:00PM
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Parallex wrote:

Then Poirier has a bad agent. Unless they gave him an extra sweet signing bonus.

Contract terms: Three-year entry level contract with an NHL base salary of $832,500 with a signing bonus of $92,500 each year and an AHL salary of $70,000 per year. The contract has an Average Annual Value of $925,000

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#22 Parallex
December 31 2013, 09:06PM
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Carlizzle wrote:

Flames sign Poirier to a 3 year entry level deal today.

Then Poirier has a bad agent. Unless they gave him an extra sweet signing bonus.

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