FGD: One Tin Soldier - The Legend of City Yak

Vintage Flame
April 01 2013 04:10PM

 

After Shelbyville showed us all that even a broken clock is right twice a day, the Battle of Alberta gamethread is back where it belongs. Oh and if you don’t get the reference in the title? Google is your friend.

Tonight, two teams on completely different roads will cross paths once again, where scoreboard watching will be put aside in favour of compulsory disdain and a sheer desire to lay the boots to one of your oldest rivals. Since 2009, it has been the Flames doing the majority of kicking, leading the head-to-head series 19-4.

Much has changed since the Flames and the Oilers last met on January 27th (when the good guys won 4-3), as Calgary seems to have taken a page out of the Oilers operational book and are on a slide towards the bottom of the league. The Oilers, meanwhile, are on the cusp of making a push towards unfamiliar territory of their own… the playoffs.

Somehow it seems fitting that these two squads would meet up today, April 1st. What has in recent history been dubbed the “Battle of Albrutal”, where either team is in the standings has been irrelevant because neither ever wants to lose this match-up, neither want to be the fool.

The Line-Up

We all know who the obvious loss to the lineup is, but we shouldn't forget who still is. Curtis Glencross loves himself a piece of the Oilers whenever the chance presents itself.

The Flames lineup is probably written in pencil, due to wide speculation around who might be staying and who might be leaving. Fronting the list is Jay Bouwmeester, with destinations including both Detroit and St. Louis. Others that are also coming up to be on the move are the likes of Tanguay, Sarich, Cammallerri and of course Glencross.

Very few are safe these days and there is going to be a lot of speculation leading right up to April 3rd. For now, here’s how SNET’s Pat Steinberg has the lines shaping up.

  • Glencross-Stajan-Stempniak
  • Tanguay-Cammallerri-Comeau
  • Hudler-Backlund-Cervenka
  • McGrattan-Begin-Jackman

  • Brodie-Bouwmeester
  • Giordano-Wideman
  • Butler-Sarich

  • Kiprusoff

The Oilers have to be licking their chops at the thought of facing Miikka Kiprusoff tonight with his less than stellar performance between the pipes this year. However he is also 15-2 in his last 17 starts against Edmonton with a 2.43 GAA. He will have to be “that guy” tonight in order to give his team a legit chance at putting a dent in the Oilers’ playoff hopes.

It will also be very interesting to see how long Hartley leaves the Czech’s with Backlund. Cervenka has been playing with a lot more confidence and certainty in the month of March, and Backlund’s creative and bold play is an interesting match that has the potential to pay dividends.

The Village Idiots

The Oil have won three straight for the first time this season. That is part of a 6-2-2 record in their last ten that has them sitting 11th in the conference, just two points out of the top eight.

It’s no secret that the Oilers’ Achilles heel (other than playing in the NHL) has been from the blueline. This morning they penned Ladislav Smid to a four year extension with an AAV of $3.5 Million. That’s sure to be enough to put them over the hump right? Relax Shelbyville dwellers, we know, we know… “Laddy” is a great shot-blocker and he has all the intangibles right? RIGHT?

It’s a good thing the defence is all sorted out, now Ralph Kreuger can figure what the hell is wrong with his highly touted offensive talent. “Yak City” is more of a ghost town these days, registering just one assist in his last five games and hasn’t been part of the Oilers late push. In fact he hasn’t found the back of the net since February 25th, and only has 5 assists during the entire month of March.

Things aren’t that rosy for RNH this season either. The young center has a meagre three goals on sixty-six shots, giving him a whopping personal shooting percentage of 3.0%. That’s a far cry from last season’s 13.4% pace. Then again, I suppose it’s okay to fall off a cliff when you know you will safely land on the coat-tails of Taylor Hall. Well done Nuuuuuuge.

  • Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle
  • Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky
  • Jones-Horcoff-Yakupov
  • Petrell-Smyth-Brown

  • Smid-Petry
  • N. Schultz-J. Schultz
  • Whitney-Potter

  • Dubnyk

Sum it Up

Game Day Prediction: The Flames scrape the barrel for what remaining ounce of dignity they have left and continue the Alberta trend by winning this one 5-3; snapping their road loss streak at nine.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Curtis Glencross sticks it once again to the team that let him go, showing two versions of his infamous “Scoreface”

Not-so-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Hot on the heels of scoring his fastest hat-trick in Oilers history, Taylor Hall is about due for some mis-hap that has always seem to keep him out of games against Calgary. Tonight will be no different as he and his buck-toothed face will be mistaken for the Easter Bunny, so all the other barely pubescent children on the team will bug him about not getting enough candy this weekend.

What makes this whole situation really funny is that the average Oil fan is like some giddy, pimpled-faced nerd who finally landed that date with his lab partner’s sister. They say they have been waiting for this day, this day of retribution. When all the stars are aligned and the Oil can take back the pride that the Flames have, for the last decade or so, used to clean their skate blades after the game.

Newsflash… We know, we’ve seen this coming for a long time too guys. What makes it funny though is that despite everything, the losses, the bad trades, the injuries… whatever you want to jeer Calgary about this time, they just keep beating the Oilers.

These days, for Flames fans.. that’s not quitte enough for now. However, for added entertainment, Flames fans appreciate the fans up North, the ones that are convinced that this is finally it. The time for the Oilers to take that step forward out of the mire and take their rightful place at the fornt of the class. That’s just awesome and I sincerely hope the Oilers do make the playoffs this year. It will make it that much better when they are bounced decisively and the Oilers management is left shaking their heads as to what went wrong.

One last thing…

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#51 Mac962
April 01 2013, 04:28PM
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No matter what, i love it. Laughed al the way to the fridge for another beer. Good read. Let go Oilers and Flames. Our Province craves some Oil and Shames good old hockey.

Kipper===eat my shorts and i hope you end up in T.O. Good luck with that you Finnish Freak...

Glencross... keep your head up cowgirl.Mike Brown is going to Pound you through the glass.

OILERS-FLAMES Just like it should be. W-A-R

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#52 DDP
April 01 2013, 04:40PM
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Oil are gonna stomp the Flames tonight.

4-1 W for the GOOD GUYs!

Yak-City nets a pair.

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#53 Clyde Frog
April 01 2013, 04:42PM
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Win or lose; the Oilers still win...

The extra 2 points pulls Calgary 2 points farther from a real talent in the draft (if they could find one) or the Oilers 2 points closer to the playoffs...

Best case scenario is a 3 point game...

Ps, Flames fans can fall in a hole

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#54 Light, Sweet, Crude
April 01 2013, 04:42PM
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That's it, trade Ebs. Can't have that in the room.

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#55 Six Rings
April 01 2013, 04:50PM
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I thought the GDB was never going to show up...looks like VF has put fourth his best effort in a decent blog. A mediocre blog from a mediocre team.

Oil with a 4-1 win. Glencross with the lone Flames goal.

I just hope that we don't get the Flames screaming annoucer on sportsnet. I will be putting the TV on mute if so...

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#56 Jay
April 01 2013, 04:55PM
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Hahaha I love it!! Makes me not feel bad for not feeling bad about laughing at the whole lot of f***all they got for iggy! Whatever little dignity the flamers are grasping at is gonna be blown away with ease tonight and guess what... I won't feel bad!!!

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#57 Jay
April 01 2013, 05:00PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

Hahaha not sure if they can top that Jankowski kid. Maybe they'll draft some high schooler from Stettler with their top 5 pick this year hmm?

Wouldn't be hard research to figure out who the Lames are gonna draft top 5 this year. Just look for a college player with a last name ending in owski...

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#58 Johe
April 01 2013, 05:09PM
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GDP: Oilers 5-2. OGDP: The top line continues to roll, combining for 7 points. NSOGDP: Jay Feaster goes missing after the second intermission. Weeks later he is found "wandering the desert."

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#59 Welcome to Oil Country
April 01 2013, 05:16PM
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"We all know who the obvious loss in the lineup is..." He who shall not be named or "the player" is the only thing that kept the Flames in 9th place all these years.

Claiming Yak and Nuge are busts is just playing with fire and words your clearly gonna have to swallow later. We would attack your rising stars but you don't have any...

Flames fans prepare for years of losses starting with tonights. Its got to hurt. But whats got to hurt more is if JEROME IGINLA wins the cup he will bring it to his hometown, Oil Country.

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#60 Pharmboy
April 01 2013, 05:30PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Also, the Oiler fans in here are probably the least intellegent and thin skinned turds I have ever seen.

Years of losing have thickened our skins quite nicely thank you. Intelligent is the correct spelling, don't you dare blame auto-correct either. :}

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#61 Butters
April 01 2013, 05:38PM
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@ Johe

Change desert to dessert and you are probably right. Or was it just a typo?

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#62 Slats
April 01 2013, 05:41PM
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Butters wrote:

@ Johe

Change desert to dessert and you are probably right. Or was it just a typo?

no it was irony. . .

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#63 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
April 01 2013, 06:18PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Maybe not a first liner but GlenX has three more goals than Hall...

Talk about cherry pickin stats

Why didn't you continue across the stats line and compare Glencross's assists of 8 to Hall's 23, or his -8 to Hall's +2.

Guess we will be able to compare them directly as Glencross is on your first line tonite.

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#64 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 06:35PM
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Six Rings wrote:

I thought the GDB was never going to show up...looks like VF has put fourth his best effort in a decent blog. A mediocre blog from a mediocre team.

Oil with a 4-1 win. Glencross with the lone Flames goal.

I just hope that we don't get the Flames screaming annoucer on sportsnet. I will be putting the TV on mute if so...

I can never let a beauty of a typo like this go to waste...

There's nothing like a typo that somehow adds sense to the intended meaning. Almost always the opposite is the case.

Good job.

oh, and GOILERS!!!

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#65 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 07:04PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

No, she still owes me...

Her 1995 song "You Oughta Know" was written about me, sooo....

I didn't think it was about the goof from Full House. I feel much better it is you Wax Man. Congrats on the theatre deal by the way.

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#66 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:17PM
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DSF wrote:

Calgary now with 3 first round picks.

One more for Kiprusoff and the rebuild is ON>

They are not, I repeat, ARE NOT rebuilding though.

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#67 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:19PM
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just think how many Janks they can draft now!

We'll all be so surprised! that's all a GM ever wanted.

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#68 playoffbound2013
April 01 2013, 07:31PM
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Well, lets hope the Oilersnation writers get a chance to write the next few series in this game day blog. 19-4 since 2009 is kinda like hanging on to 5 cups from our past. It happened, but most people in Calgary try to tell us it isn't relevant.

Here is to relevant hockey going forward.

On another note, much respect to Iggie (always one of my favourite Canadian athelete. Hope he gets his chance to win one in Pitt.

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#69 Will
April 01 2013, 07:36PM
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WOW! they now have a ton of first round picks ...

... to completely waste on off the board picks like Jankowski.

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#70 Butters
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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3 first rounders, WOW. There are a lot of excited Quebec High School hockey players out there.

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#71 DJ Dynasty Handbag
April 01 2013, 07:42PM
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HAHAHAHA what a terrible trade for the flames. i'd laugh more but i'm still recovering from the "haul" they got for iginla.

#priceless

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#72 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:45PM
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DSF wrote:

You have to bear in mind the Flames have already freed up nearly $20 million in cap space.

With the cap dropping there will be a very large number of free agents available.

They already have $24 million available before Kiprusoff and his $6 million cap hit moves on and I'd wager they also move Camalleri's $6 million.

Their timing is impeccable.

Flames have 12 players signed with $22M available.

Oilers have 16 signed and over $16M available.

Oilers timing to make a cup run: impeccable.

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#73 Subversive
April 01 2013, 07:49PM
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DSF wrote:

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

I'd wager on neither getting there anytime soon with the current respective management teams in place.

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#74 365
April 01 2013, 07:50PM
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Hold everything!

If Feaster holds true to form, haven't we learned that JBo is NOT going to the Blues? Don't we have to wait about 6 hours to learn that he went to Detroit for somehow even less of a return?

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#75 365
April 01 2013, 08:17PM
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michael wrote:

I am going to write Flames every time I mean to say loser. In this case though I mean loser as in team that just traded away JBO and Iggy and still don't believe that they are rebuilding.They are "retooling". The kool-aid drinking is lead by non other than the man himself Jay Feaster. If I am a Flame fan right now I am hoping that he trades Kipper and Glenncross and Cammy too. I would want to make absolutely sure I had a shot at Nathan Mckinnon this June. He and Bartschi would make a good start at the Feaster retooling.

Now, now. Maybe loser is a little harsh. Maybe Feaster can be compared to high-powered world leaders like... Clinton?

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." -Bill Clinton, January 1998

“You know what? I look forward to the Battle of Alberta for the next X number of years. If the idea is, ‘Burn it to the ground,’ then (Flames president) Ken (King) can find another manager to do it.” -Jay Feaster, Septemeber 2011

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#76 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 08:25PM
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that schultz move at the blue was sickly sweet.

hall's a machine.

die flames die

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#77 schevvy
April 01 2013, 08:25PM
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Wow we're terrible. Kipper is not good, hope the trade with the Leafs happens

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#78 vetinari
April 01 2013, 08:27PM
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Just a thought Flamers... Maybe you should pull Kipper early so that he still has some trade value by the deadline???

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#79 365
April 01 2013, 08:31PM
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So much for 2 games in a row that produced 3 goals on 3 shots.

We can still chase him out. Would almost (almost!) be a sad end to an illustrious career.

Still, I'd be smiling in my sleep. Giggling, actually.

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#80 ChinookArch
April 01 2013, 08:39PM
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Kipprusoff is doing everything he can to avoid being traded to Toronto.

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#81 Dennis
April 01 2013, 09:11PM
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Man this game is half over and not a single power play. Pretty nice discipline by both teams.

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#82 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 09:13PM
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oil SOG 13-12

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#83 Clyde Frog
April 01 2013, 09:17PM
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At least Flames fans can take solace in their many remaining years of Hudler...

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#84 Chin Strap
April 01 2013, 09:20PM
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@DSF

4 draft picks, in the hands of a competent gm, would indeed be a very quick way to re-tool a roster.

Jay "Clown Shoes" Feaster has so far failed to prove during his current tenure in Calgary that he is anything close to resembling a competent gm.

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#85 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 09:24PM
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Chin Strap wrote:

4 draft picks, in the hands of a competent gm, would indeed be a very quick way to re-tool a roster.

Jay "Clown Shoes" Feaster has so far failed to prove during his current tenure in Calgary that he is anything close to resembling a competent gm.

~ Its ok, Jay is now being "intellectually honest" with himself. He'll be fine.~

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#86 Mike Krushelnyski
April 01 2013, 09:39PM
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Seriously. Petrell is leading all Oilers forwards in ice time after 2 periods. Tough to teach your young players to have a killer instinct when your coach lacks one.

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#87 I tried it at home
April 01 2013, 09:58PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

~ Its ok, Jay is now being "intellectually honest" with himself. He'll be fine.~

"intellectually honest". Is that Calgarian for "assessing the situation"?

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#88 Pajamah
April 01 2013, 10:02PM
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3 or 4 picks would help the rebuild, but other than the Flames inevitable 3rd overall, 16th (St.L) 18-20 (Tor for Kipper) and 30th (Pitts) doesn't mean it will be any faster

Other than Eberle who was a 22, and Schultz who was an Ana middling pick, our future are all #1's.

Anthony Mantha, Curtis Lazar, and Johnathon Drouin will not make the Flames 2.0 anything like today's Oilers, especially in their first 3-4 seasons.

Although I hear Tyler Benson is the consensus #1 in the 2016 NHL draft

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#89 RexLibris
April 01 2013, 10:02PM
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DSF wrote:

Nonsense.

Call it what you will but, if the Flames end up with 4 first round picks, they can become dangerous very quickly.

Rex Libris should be weeping but he won't admit it.

To begin with, I'm not convinced they get a 1st round pick for Kiprusoff. Perhaps, but his stats this year, recovery from injury, and oft-rumoured desire to retire at the end of this year likely give a great deal of negotiating power to Nonis.

They are in a rebuild phase, but I will wait to hear their management publicly declare that they are actually rebuilding. The two are not necessarily connected.

As for me weeping over their three 1st round picks, I'll admit that it is an envious position. However, John Weisbrod, Tod Button and Jay Feaster have not impressed me in their talent identification and prioritization thus far.

Different draft years, but the Oilers had three 1st round picks in 2007. Talent was there, but poor talent recognition and draft strategy meant that they ended up with, to-date, one NHL player out of the bunch.

So no, I'm not weeping. And I'm not too proud to admit my mistakes or true intentions - I don't ever want the Flames to win another Cup, but I'm not opposed to seeing the Oilers go through them to win theirs.

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#90 vetinari
April 01 2013, 10:14PM
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4 - 0... Can't wait for OilerNation to do the next Game Day preview... Flames may clear out a few more roster players by then.

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#91 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 10:41PM
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if macdonald starts that game it would have been a lot more interesting.

cal outshot 34-20 in the end. they really picked up the pace in the 3rd. the numbers are a bit deceptive though. final scoring chances, per Dennis King:

Final chance total: 15-16; 0-1 ST

great to see Yak and Schultz break out of slumps. they are going to be special.

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#92 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 10:42PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Why in the hell would any UFA's sign in Calgary?

endless misery is in fashion this year?

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#93 geoilersgist
April 01 2013, 10:42PM
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lolz enjoy the next 7 years of nothingness flames fans. you will probably trade those 3 first round picks for 4 2nds with how your organization operates.

Oh ya I almost forgot

#EatSh!tFlames

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#94 I tried it at home
April 01 2013, 10:45PM
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@DSF

One offseason, really? Which one do you have in mind?

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#95 Pharmboy
April 01 2013, 10:58PM
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DDP wrote:

Oil are gonna stomp the Flames tonight.

4-1 W for the GOOD GUYs!

Yak-City nets a pair.

So close, but good enough for me, 2 points for Yakupov, keep up with the good prophecies my friend.

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#96 Todd
April 01 2013, 11:09PM
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DSF wrote:

Next.

I'll bet you $2,500 the Flames don't surpass the oilers next year. Let me know if you are interested. Straight bet, based on standings at year end 2014.

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#97 Ari Gold
April 01 2013, 11:51PM
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DSF, you seem to be holding on to the thinnest of logic at best. Do you ever feel helpless, emotionally overwhelmed or numb? Welcome to the life of a Flames fan for the next 5 years.

Enjoy.

Eat sh*t Calgary!!

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#98 slats
April 01 2013, 11:58PM
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@dougtheslug

and about a 1000 words less

poor DSF is Mom/Dad disconnecting the WiFi too?

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#99 RKD
April 02 2013, 12:04AM
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Just heard Jay-Bo wanted out of Calgary or preferred to play for another team in the playoffs. Hard for Feaster to get more from other teams when Jay-Bo would be willing to part with Calgary. You can't keep a player who doesn't want to be here.

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#100 BALLSYHALLSY
April 01 2013, 04:22PM
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Booooooo get of the stage!!

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