Post-Game: Yahoo!

Justin Azevedo
March 15 2013 10:53PM

It was a good game tonight for the good guys, and it was one that they deserved to win. As many times as we've heard a variant of the sentence this year, it hasn't always lead to a win - but tonight it did, as the Cowboy from Provost would shine on Western Night.

The Rundown

The game started off a little slow for the Flames, as it took 6:20 to register their first shot - but luckily for them the first one went right by Pekka Rinne. Mark Giordano placed a wrist shot from 30 feet out about as well as you can from that distance and the Flames were up 1-0. They would add to that quickly thereafter, as Blake Comeau (yes, that Blake Comeau - again!) took a beauty feed from Jiri Hudler and used the backhand to get it past Rinne from just outside the dot. Rinne was pulled for the second straight night after that, allowing two goals on two shots. Chances were 6-4 for the Flames, 6-2 at evens. Shots were 6-6 and the Flames were +3 in Corsi.

The second started much like the first ended, with the Flames controlling the play early.  They would add to their lead at 3:38 when Jiri Hudler would pot a power play point against Mason to put the Flames up by a trey. Nashville would respond less than two minutes later, however, with their own power play goal off the stick of Gabriel (Don't call me Ray!) Bourque. That would be it for scoring in the second, though the Flames showed no signs of letting up - they matched Nashville event for event from there on out until the intermission, leading to the stats all being in their favour: chances were 9-4 (15-8), 7-3 at evens (13-5); shots were 8-6 (14-12) and the Flames moved the Corsi needle further to the positive side, with a +6 rating when the horn blew.

The Flames came out in the third looking for the kill, and a nice drive from Lee Stempniak led to a rebound going behind Mason and into the net via Curtis Glencross' arm, making him the first Flame to reach the double-digit goal mark. Mike Fisher would make the deficit two again after a perfect deflection in the middle of the slot on Roman Josi's shot beat Kiprusoff. The Stajan line - which has been very good pretty much the entire season - drove down the ice again and Curtis Glencross would pot his second of the game, extending the lead to 5-2. The Legwandian one would score for Nashville but it was all for naught as GlenX would complete the Hatty as a rink-long shot found the back of the net with just under a minute left. Chances were 4-2 Flames in the third, all at even strength, thus the Flames won the chance battle by a considerable margin (19-10). They also out-shot and out-corsied the Preds, 22-20 and +5 respectively. Everyone on the Flames except for Smith, Begin and Butler had a ZS% <50% tonight, with Giordano and Wideman getting hit espically hard: 27% and 23% of their shifts were started in the O-Zone tonight.

Why The Flames Won

Simply because they were the better team. They had the usual meh goaltending from Kiprusoff (.882 EVSV%) but that doesn't really matter when you out-shoot and out-chance your opponent as well as score 6 goals on their goalies. They were better and they deserved to win.

Firestarter

It can't be anyone other than Curtis Glencross tonight - even though only one of his goals was a scorer's goal, they all count the same. Honourable mention goes to Lee Stempniak and Mikael Backlund. Second game in a row for Glencross in this space.

Sum It Up

I'm not a big fan of the lose-for-picks mentality, and combine that with the fact that the Flames are 3 points back of a playoff spot with a game in hand - well, winning's the only way to go.

The Flames don't play again until Monday, but we'll have plenty of stuff this weekend to pique your interest. Go GSP and Go Flames.

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Justin is a 23-year-old Flames fan who also happens to be pursuing a double major at the University of Calgary. He has played hockey at high levels, enjoys wearing shorts and tends to drink far too much Grasshopper. Please don't hate him.
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#1 bookofloob
March 15 2013, 10:56PM
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You're my hero, Vedo

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#3 Scary Gary
March 15 2013, 11:08PM
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Interesting night. Fun to watch GlenX get a cowboy hatty if nothing else!

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#4 Casey
March 15 2013, 11:15PM
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I'm not a big fan of "lose for picks" either. But I'm also not a big fan of "go on a winning streak just before the deadline and fool ownership into thinking that we are better than we really are" either.

I can see it now. We're going to be sitting 1 point out of the playoffs on April 2nd, and we're going to become buyers. Argh.

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#5 Vowswithin
March 15 2013, 11:24PM
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Casey wrote:

I'm not a big fan of "lose for picks" either. But I'm also not a big fan of "go on a winning streak just before the deadline and fool ownership into thinking that we are better than we really are" either.

I can see it now. We're going to be sitting 1 point out of the playoffs on April 2nd, and we're going to become buyers. Argh.

If thats the case you may read headline "Flames brass cause 30 year old man in ontario to hang himself in protest. As a result, flames start rebuild."

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#6 Vintage Flame
March 15 2013, 11:27PM
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According to Cruickshank, Backlund left the rink on crutches and in a walking boot...

Un.Freaking.Real

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#7 schevvy
March 15 2013, 11:27PM
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Someone up above has something against Backlund. Unreal

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#8 schevvy
March 15 2013, 11:36PM
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Lets hope that they're being extra cautious and it's not something major. Hope it's not a broken ankle

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#9 Scoring_guru
March 15 2013, 11:38PM
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Why are we looking at it as only 4 points out of a playoff spot when we should be looking at it as only 21 points out of first in the West!!! GFG!!! Do you believe??? Sigh.....

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#10 clYDE
March 15 2013, 11:57PM
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Scoring_guru wrote:

Why are we looking at it as only 4 points out of a playoff spot when we should be looking at it as only 21 points out of first in the West!!! GFG!!! Do you believe??? Sigh.....

Exactly.

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#11 Franko J
March 15 2013, 11:57PM
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Good win. It appears this team is going on another of their playoff pushes. Again, Backlund injured. Too bad. The team needs him in the lineup. I'm afraid with him being injury prone like David Moss I don't know if the Flames will retain his services in the summer. The guy just can't stay healthy and that is a concern.

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#12 Jibmeister
March 16 2013, 12:02AM
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Didn't see the game, what happened to Backs?

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#13 Jibmeister
March 16 2013, 12:02AM
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He has no luck..

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#14 Vintage Flame
March 16 2013, 12:06AM
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Jibmeister wrote:

Didn't see the game, what happened to Backs?

Backlund blocked a shot in the third. Left the arena in a walking boot.

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#15 Vowswithin
March 16 2013, 12:12AM
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@Vintage Flame

This must be an insurance plan to make sure flames rebuild! Theu ate soimh it on purpose ;)

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#16 SmellOfVictory
March 16 2013, 09:03AM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

According to Cruickshank, Backlund left the rink on crutches and in a walking boot...

Un.Freaking.Real

Well I guess we don't have to worry about that potential winning streak, then. lol

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#17 ChinookArch
March 16 2013, 09:05AM
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Hey Justin,

Nice work with the Chances images. Do you guys plan on using these for all post game articles going forward?

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#18 ChinookArch
March 16 2013, 09:12AM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

According to Cruickshank, Backlund left the rink on crutches and in a walking boot...

Un.Freaking.Real

So, if Backlund is out for a while. Who gets brought up from the Farm? How is Baertschi doing? What are the chances Jones gets an opportunity at redemption (for whatever his transgression was)?

I hope the Flames brass give Backlund a second . . .er 3rd chance next season. I have to believe the injuries have to stop.

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#21 bookofloob
March 16 2013, 10:07AM
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@Justin Azevedo

It'll probably be Aliu or a pylon or something, the way things have been going with callups lately.

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#22 meat1
March 16 2013, 10:27AM
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With the absolute lack of young, capable talent we have assembled, we absolutely HAVE to re-sign Backlund and hope the injury bug disappears. It's not a chronic issue like a concussion etc. As underwhelming as it seems, he and Brodie are our brightest lights on this current roster.

Isn't this team frusterating to be a fan of? I'd be surprised now if we trade anyone. We will add though, I'd imagine. Its not that I think we're about to become World beaters, but our schedule these next games will allow us some soft points and keep us right in Feaster's wheelhouse area. Tenth.

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#23 fretsey
March 16 2013, 11:09AM
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Looking at the replay of Backlund blocking a point shot the puck seems to have hit the front of the boot and not the ankle area.Most likely a broken toe? bad luck Backs.

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#24 HeyPatty!
March 16 2013, 11:48AM
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11 goals in 2 games. A resounding impressive win streak. 8th place within in touching distance. This is Flames Nation! Why arent there any discussions about who we should add for a playoff run & how much we should be resigning Iginla for? Jay has guaranteed 7 wins out of the next 9 games Flames fans, who should we add to our depth? How about extend Iginla another year at 7.0mill so we have lots to talk about next year? Or would everyone prefer to trade him to the Canucks so we can start up a new Flucks Nation?

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#25 meat1
March 16 2013, 12:42PM
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I'm in a pissy mood. Moving forward, I wish this team would conduct contract negotiations differently. From now on, how about we quit expecting our players to take hometown discounts to play here. Mr. Edwards has more money than God, anyway. BUT, in exchange, the players can't expect these no-trade and no-movements contracts that this team has dealt out to, well, almost everyone.

These kind of contracts that Jarome, J-bo, Cammy, Tanguay, etc have could very well come back to be the biggest reason this organization hits the mat and stays down. We can not trade Iggy unless he says so. The team needs changes, a new start. But if Jarome won't agree, we are hooped.

Our Hockey Operations Department won't want to lose him for nothing, so we'll re-sign him to a deal that's for too long and too much money.

What is happening within this organization is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. Mark me down as unimpressed.

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#26 Kent Wilson
March 16 2013, 12:48PM
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@HeyPatty!

Flames fans are worn down and cynical regarding Calgary's chances - and for good reason, the team hasn't won a playoff round since 2004 and hasn't made the playoffs since 2010. Two wins in a row isn't quite enough to overcome that sort of inertia.

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#27 FireOnIce
March 16 2013, 01:38PM
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Love to see the Flames win, hate to see them botch their draft pick. This is the inevitable late season push, where GlenX has decided he needs a new groupie to, "lay with", and Iginla has decided he doesn't want to be called lazy or shipped out of his comfort zone. We know how this ends. 9th place. 2 points out. Officially eliminated by the Canucks in an 8-1 pounding in the 2nd to last game of the season.

Sure would be nice if they called up a natural centre to take Backlund's spot, you know, like Blair Jones. Or maybe we can call up Brian McGrat- oh wait, that already happened.

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#28 Vowswithin
March 16 2013, 01:42PM
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@HeyPatty!

You would be lucky to find more the 3-4 fans on this site that will agree with what you are saying. How much have you enjoyed not making playoffs and not getting anywhere? Do you think we are competitive? Sorry to say this is needs to more or less get nuked off the face of the map. We have 2 blue chip prospects, and sven has been invisible this year. No one on this team can be consistent.

It pains me to think of us like the oilers rebuilding, but I don't think that we really have a choice about it. Our beat case is a "te-tool" which involves us getting rid of iggy and 2 other vets for picks (more importantly prospects) and us sucking enough to get a top 5 pick.

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#29 vowswithin
March 16 2013, 02:20PM
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Hey what do you think the asking price for Jake Gardiner would be? Would Kipper for Jake + a 1nd rd do it?

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#31 TTT
March 16 2013, 02:36PM
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Great to see the Flames win and hope they can continue this type of play. That said, the Flames situation shouldn't change regardless of position in the standings. My concern is that as we get closer to a playoff position, management will either stand pat or even make things worse by trading away prospects and/or picks.

They need to trade Iggy and Kipper to bring in more prospects/picks no matter where we are in the standings. It should be a business decision, not an emotional decision. We can always attempt to resign Iggy in the off-season and if not, thanks for everything and will always root for him. As for Kipper, he will never regain that playing form he has shown in the past and so it is time to go through the process of finding a new goalie to replace him. If we can get a prospect for him, take it.

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#32 Baalzamon
March 16 2013, 03:17PM
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what would a Bouwmeester for Berglund deal look like?

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#34 chillout
March 16 2013, 03:53PM
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@HeyPatty!

seriously can't stand the people who say blow it all up. That is just plain stupid. That's not how you build a team. Yes we need to sell off a couple vets if we can. But to sell everybody is just stupid and great way to suck for a decade or more. There are lots of good players on this team we need a little more young high end but it's not going to happen over night. So get used to it shut up and sit down, or at the very least make an intelligent argument with a possible (realistic) solution. It was fun to read the comments on this site in the summer but since then the overwhelming negativity and stupidity are getting extremely tiring.

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#35 chillout
March 16 2013, 03:54PM
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not sure why it replied to heypatty but oh well

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#36 HeyPatty!
March 16 2013, 04:17PM
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Vowswithin wrote:

You would be lucky to find more the 3-4 fans on this site that will agree with what you are saying. How much have you enjoyed not making playoffs and not getting anywhere? Do you think we are competitive? Sorry to say this is needs to more or less get nuked off the face of the map. We have 2 blue chip prospects, and sven has been invisible this year. No one on this team can be consistent.

It pains me to think of us like the oilers rebuilding, but I don't think that we really have a choice about it. Our beat case is a "te-tool" which involves us getting rid of iggy and 2 other vets for picks (more importantly prospects) and us sucking enough to get a top 5 pick.

You know Vowswithin. You sound like a nice guy. So I'll let you in on an age old secret. When your soaking in a nice hot bathtub knowing you wont have water to bath in for the next 6 months, you stay in the tub for as long as you can, or until you are wrinkled like a prune. You cant blame Feaster/King/Edwards for wanting to get wrinkly now do you? All of us Flame faithful will get our rebuild in 4-5 years unless Iginla & Kipper are immortal. But who knows, they are already enshrined.

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#37 HeyPatty!
March 16 2013, 04:25PM
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chillout wrote:

seriously can't stand the people who say blow it all up. That is just plain stupid. That's not how you build a team. Yes we need to sell off a couple vets if we can. But to sell everybody is just stupid and great way to suck for a decade or more. There are lots of good players on this team we need a little more young high end but it's not going to happen over night. So get used to it shut up and sit down, or at the very least make an intelligent argument with a possible (realistic) solution. It was fun to read the comments on this site in the summer but since then the overwhelming negativity and stupidity are getting extremely tiring.

That reminds me of another thing I learned at a young age. That green grass that looks so good up north, it's always best to taste some first. You never know if dogs have been peeing all over it.

Anyway I love you all Flames nation. No matter what happens I will bleed with you all on the ice.

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#38 Sobueno
March 16 2013, 04:49PM
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@HeyPatty!

From a business perspective I can most definitely understand why ownership would be hesitant to move Kipper and/or Iggy. They sell tickets and generate revenue, so why not stay in the bath water so to speak. But as a fan, it frustrates me thinking about keeping them until they either walk away from the team with no gain by the flames, or continuing to hang our hopes on an aging core that is evidently unable to deliver success.

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#39 Vowswithin
March 16 2013, 05:42PM
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Sobueno wrote:

From a business perspective I can most definitely understand why ownership would be hesitant to move Kipper and/or Iggy. They sell tickets and generate revenue, so why not stay in the bath water so to speak. But as a fan, it frustrates me thinking about keeping them until they either walk away from the team with no gain by the flames, or continuing to hang our hopes on an aging core that is evidently unable to deliver success.

I think that is everyone's fear... Be competative, sure great no one wants to wander the desert for 40 years. But in a few years we will have no iggy or kipper or jbo and nothin to show for it and be WAY WORSE OFF. For those who don't fully understand, read some of kents past articles. Iggy is giving up more goals then he generates... In other words we would be better off without him. He is a great player that now a days fights to stay relevent on the 2nd or. 3rd line.

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#40 mattyc
March 16 2013, 07:18PM
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Vowswithin wrote:

I think that is everyone's fear... Be competative, sure great no one wants to wander the desert for 40 years. But in a few years we will have no iggy or kipper or jbo and nothin to show for it and be WAY WORSE OFF. For those who don't fully understand, read some of kents past articles. Iggy is giving up more goals then he generates... In other words we would be better off without him. He is a great player that now a days fights to stay relevent on the 2nd or. 3rd line.

Just because Iginla is a negative (corsi, +/-, fenwick whatever) doesn't mean we are worse off without him. You have to put his minutes in context. Put another way: if Iginla wasn't on the team, is there a player who would do a better job in his minutes? And then, would the player that has to move up the depth chart to take Iginla's replacement's minutes be able to fill the role?

It's a trickle down effect. Iginla isn't a beast anymore that can outmatch Kopitar, Crosby etc., but we can't shelter him enough because we don't have anyone better.

I don't mean to say we shouldn't trade him (I think we probably should given the right return), but the team isn't 'worse off' with Iginla in the lineup. I'd argue he's probably still the best forward on the team, which ,along with bad goaltending, is probably why we're a 500 team...

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#41 Derzie
March 16 2013, 11:44PM
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I've been paying special attention to Iggy's shifts. If I'm a scout, I'm not even interested unless the price is right. If you look at it, he is struggling most shifts and only shines when someone finds him on open space ice. Power Play specialist at this point. Huge fan but I don't see a big payday. I hope other GMs bid with their hearts and memories and not their eyes and brains.

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#42 clYDE
March 17 2013, 12:48AM
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Talked to a friend who told me that a team we just played really wants J-Bo but as of now, the Flames are pitching Iggy first and foremost.

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#43 Franko J
March 17 2013, 01:36AM
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Derzie wrote:

I've been paying special attention to Iggy's shifts. If I'm a scout, I'm not even interested unless the price is right. If you look at it, he is struggling most shifts and only shines when someone finds him on open space ice. Power Play specialist at this point. Huge fan but I don't see a big payday. I hope other GMs bid with their hearts and memories and not their eyes and brains.

I truly believe while some of skills have diminished over the past few seasons, the one asset he always had which separated him from other players was his passion and enthusiasm for this team and organization. What I see so far this season is a player who is very conflicted about his status on this team, in the organization and community. While he is never going to come out and say it, but all the off speculation in regard to his future with this franchise is affecting his on ice performance.

What I honestly see is a player who for a very long time and many seasons had the ability to dominate a gamer rev, but can no longer do it on nightly basis. Just like Kiprusoff, age has caught up with these Iconic leaders. It is not say that they can't play this great game of hockey anymore, it is just they can no longer carry this team through the tough times anymore and need some help.

Like any other fan out there I would love to see Iginla and Kiprusoff bring back glory and a Stanley Cup for this team, but the harsh reality is that as much as this game is played on the ice there are much bigger stakes played off the ice.

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#44 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 17 2013, 09:21AM
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I for one think that Iginla is the perfect rental for a team that is truly contending - he won't need to be the star player (i.e. behind crosby/malkin) but instead provide extreme depth... imagine a motivated iginla on the 2nd and 3rd line playing 12-15 minutes per night for a shot at the cup, with a more clearly defined, narrower role - I think he would be very dangerous and be the kind of depth a pit./bos. would need to get to the cup final.

Plus - he can leave calgary for a few months, long enough for him to come back in a new role, then not be required to carry the whole team once he's back and let the captaincy move to a new generation.

Yes, Iggy is not the same power forward he was in 03'04, but a team looking to add him already has that piece (star forward)and needs complimentary (dangerous) depth, which definitely describes Iginla. He is tough, passionate, demands respect on the ice, can play the power play, play PK, and comes almost free!!!!

Almost FREE!!!!!!!

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#45 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 17 2013, 09:24AM
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clYDE wrote:

Talked to a friend who told me that a team we just played really wants J-Bo but as of now, the Flames are pitching Iggy first and foremost.

I thought this was flames nation, not hockey buss, is that an e4?

;-)

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#46 clYDE
March 17 2013, 09:56AM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

I thought this was flames nation, not hockey buss, is that an e4?

;-)

Lets just say that I could put an E5 on my comment.

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#47 meat1
March 17 2013, 11:27AM
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Man I hope you are right. That would mean Detroit, I'm assuming. What kind of a return? Could we get Brendan Smith?

And what about Giordano to Pitts for one of their many top d-men prospects?

Iggy wouldn't probably go there, but I think Montreal would be quite a fit. I could cheer for Iggy and Prust this Spring......

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#48 Alt
March 17 2013, 12:11PM
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Iginla to Pitt for there first and Agostini

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#50 Alt
March 17 2013, 12:20PM
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Iginla to Boston for Spooner and Florek,and 3rd.

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