FlamesNation 2013 Year-end Awards

Kent Wilson
April 29 2013 08:03AM

 

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The Nation has decided to hand out (virtual) year-end hardware for each team across the network this season, and for every season moving forward. We'll share our votes and thoughts on the team's various MVP's and will open up voting for the readers to boot.

It was a rough season in Calgary, but that doesn't mean things were bad across the board. Here's who we deserved some recogination despite the lack of success...

TEAM MVP

Nominees - Lee Stempniak, Mikael Backlund, TJ Brodie, Mike Cammalleri, Curtis Glencross, Dennis Wideman

FN writers pick - Lee Stempniak (2 votes)

Team leader in shots, assists and up there in plus/minus and points. Arguably the team's most consistent presence on the ice, and usually reliable for a big goal every now and then. (Honorable mention to Matt Stajan.) - Ryan Pike

I can't believe I'm saying this and it's not even his contract year. He knows that, right? Stemps is the only guy to have played in every game this year, and has been the one truly consistent forward over the course of the (admittedly grim) season. He's currently second on the team in scoring and has been a constant in what has become a revolving door of players. - BookofLoob

Mike Cammalleri co-led the team in points with Stempniak despite playing less games, which is why he was included. Dennis Wideman may not have had quite the impact Feaster expected, but the former Capital led the Flames back-end in scoring (22 points) and average ice time (25:01).

Mikael Backlund and Curtis Glencross were both high impact forwards for the team at times this year. Backlund again led all forwards in possession rate and has established himself as the club's best two-way centerman at just 24-years old. Glencross scored a team high 15 goals in just 40 games and looks like a guy who is a legitimate top-6 forward, which seemed like stretch a few years ago.

Mikael Backlund: He's not leading the team in scoring but he has taken a massive leap forward for this team and his place in it. Backlund started the season with gangbuster mini-training camp. All eyes were on him from the start and he didn't disappoint.

He continued that play into the regular season until he got hurt, again. However when he came back, he showed little rust and he was right back at what he does. Kent has written numerous accounts on just what his possession numbers look like and what he contributes to this line-up. In addition to that, Backs picked up on the offensive side of his game. Taking his shooting percentage from a 2.3 to a 9.6is a significant improvement.

Where I have really noticed Mike has been since the "trades". He has shown a leadership quality on the ice for all the new kids that have been brought up either by design or emergency. I have no idea how vocal he is with them, or anyone for that matter, in the dressing room, but on the ice he has led by example in all areas of the ice. - Vintage Flame

 

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Best Defenseman

Nominees - Jay Bouwmeester, TJ Brodie, Dennis Wideman, Mark Giordano

FN writers pick - TJ Brodie (unanimous)

The sophomore Brodie won this one in a landslide amongst FN contributors. Jay Bouwmeester was included despite being moved at the deadline thanks to his improved offensive output and team high minutes munching when he was in the town. Dennis Wideman was mentioned above (most points, most minutes) while Mark Giordano is included because he played by far the toughest minutes on the team in terms of both quality of competition and zone start ratio.

TJ Brodie. First thing I did was take the names of Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk, and Chris Butler onto pieces of paper, shred them up, put them in a blender with blood, lighter fluid, and death, light them on fire, and shoot them out of a self-fashioned cannon at Pluto. Then I took a look at what was left, and with Jay Bouwmeester gone to St. Louis, it was between Brodie and Gio (Jyo?), and to me, the answer was almost obvious. - BookofLoob

TJ Brodie: This was just a no-brainer. Everyone was excited last year as to just how well TJ played in 54 games as a rookie. This year he was that much better. He was put into the top pairing with Jay Bouwmeester and rarely looked under water or over his head.

After the Bouwmeester trade, there were probably more than a few people that thought we were bound to see a regression of some kind in his game. He answered that quickly and has done so every night since then. Logging almost half an hour per game, this is his defensive corps; at least for now. In the 8-2 blowout against the Oilers, TJ still managed to be a +1.

This kid is going to be exciting to watch for a long, long time. - Vintage Flame

T.J. Brodie He eats up a lot of minutes. He's great with the puck. He's a great first-pass defender. He's 22. - Ryan Pike

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Best Forward

There's naturally going to be some overlap with team MVP here since the Flames aren't rife with a lot notable players, given the season they had.

Nominees - Mikael Backlund, Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross, Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler

FN writers pick - Glencross/Stempniak (2 votes each)

Curtis Glencross: Scoreface led the team in goals this year, but he also led this team. He is just one of those guys that comes to play every night. On those occasions when he has missed games with various injuries (most notably his wrist), he has come back with determination and usually ended up right back on the scoresheet.

One of his goals before this season was to be a 30/30 guy for the Flames. Had they played a full season schedule this year, Glencross would have been on pace to accomplish that. it's still my belief that he has to be in for serious consideration to wear the Captain's "C" next season. - Vintage Flame

First of all, I love and miss you Jarome. Secondly, I hate you Brian MacGrattan. Thirdly, I will not miss you Blake Comeau. fourthly, #GoBlairJones.

But fifth, and the most answery of this question, is Mikael Backlund. Little Mikey would be my MVP if he had stayed healthy for the whole year. But he's been like Brodie in the sense that he's just gotten better and better as the season goes on, and more often than not has been the Flames' best player this time around. Sign him, make him a big part of your offense going forward, and let's all smile and laugh at all the clowns who thought he was finished here. - BookofLoob

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Unsung Hero

Nominees - Matt Stajan, Jiri Hudler, Roman Cervenka, Tim Jackman

FN writers pick - Matt Stajan (3 votes)

Stajan goes from the doghouse to the penthouse (sort of) without the baleful glare of Brent Sutter following him around. Stajan was the consensus pick by Flames fans (and everyone else) entering the season to be Calgary's compliance buy-out in the summer, but there's a good chance he'll be back with the team for his final contract year and may even be worth something on the trade market for th first time since he was dealt for (sigh) Dion Phaneuf.

Other candidates include Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka. Both started the season off with a bang and then faded as things went south, but each guy put up decent numbers considering his usage/ice time. Cervenka wasn't much liked by the coaching staff thanks to his lackluster two-way game and poor conditioning, but he scored at 35 point pace over an 82-game season with just 13 minutes of ice per game.

Finally, Tim Jackman gets a mention for his tireless efforts from the 4th line. Jackman isn't a heavyweight enforcer, but is game to drop the gloves whenever it's required. He's also good enough to outplay a lot of other goonish 4th liners, which is all you can ask from guys at the bottom of the rotation.

Matt Stajan. /reads that back. WHAT??? Matt Stajan? Book Of Loob from last season is incredulous over this choice, but we all know he's been rejuvenated this season, and holy moly, has he actually been pretty damn good. If this kind of play from him continues, we're going to shift the discussion from "Can we buy this guy out yet?" to debating whether or not to re-sign him or trade him while his value is anywhere close to high. - BookofLoob

Matt Stajan: Last year's goat rejuvenates himself comes out and works his ass off! On a team that spent most of the season taking constant steps backwards, Stajan was a guy that was consistent and even making progress.

Unarguably his best season since joining Calgary. 23 points with an 11.9 shooting percentage and a 46.2 face-off percentage, while starting in the offensive zone 42.6% of the time. I really liked his all around game this year, so much so that I didn't once refer to him as "Stajfail" and in fact found myself cheering for #TeamStajan on more than a few occasions. - Vintage Flame

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Best Rookie

Nominees - Sven Baertschi, Roman Cervenka, Max Reinhart

FN writers pickSven Baertschi (unanimous)

It was a rocky start for Sven this year. The kid couldn't find his footing in the bigs after making the team out of camp and was subsequently demoted down the roster and ultimately to the farm team. Upon returning after a stint with the Heat, Sven looked far more comfortable, however, and finished the year with a seven game point streak, the longest by any rookie in the league this year.

Cervenka and Renhart were the only other rookies to see significant playing time this year, so they're here to round out the poll more than anything else.

Roman Horak and TJ Brodie miss the cut thanks to technically not being rookies.

Sven Baertschi: The kid started the year with the burden of this city on his shoulders after his brief five game debut in 2012. That was a lot of pressure for the kid and it didn't take long to mount and affect him earlier this year. So much to the point that the team found it necessary to send him back to Abby for a confidence building stint. It worked. The Heat were something like 18-2-3 with Sven in the line-up, and once he got the rhythm back, he was back with the big club. Since then he has rattled off seven points and looks like he is having fun; especially with all his buddies now up here with him. - Vintage Flame

Gotta be Sven, because I don't think Brodie counts as a rookie. Sven hasn't been too exciting this season, save for a bit of a charge here now that there's nothing tangible to play for, but he's been better than Roman Cervenka. Vintage Flame is a better skater than Ben Hanowski, and Max Reinhart is returning to a more mediocre version of himself, which we all saw coming. Sven takes it by default, really. Who else can you give it to? Danny Taylor? Get out of here with that Danny Taylor nonsense. - BookofLoob

 

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Goat of the Year

Nominees - Miikka Kiprusoff, Roman Cervenka, Jay Feaster, Chris Butler

FN writer pickno conensus

This is a tough one. The finger could be pointed at a lot of folks on the ice and in the front office for the debacle this year. Personally, I went with Miikke Kiprusoff. His numbers this season weren't merely poor but awful. Despite a few good games to end things, his SV% ended up at 73rd overall amongst the 82 goalies who played a game this season (72nd overall? Leland Irving).

On top of being injured and terrible, he completely cratered his trade value by telling folks he'd simply retire rather than report to a new team. Another former cornerstone asset fades away for nothing. The worst possible conclusion to the Kipper era for the organization.

Roman Cervenka Best player outside of the NHL? Nope. - Ryan Pike

FEASTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR (imagine me shaking my hands in the air and yelling maniacly into a thunderstorm)

You traded Iginla and Bouwmeester for my favourite Buddy Cop duo, spare parts, mid to low first round draft picks, and a goalie who is only average in a league that is like three times as bad as the NHL. You nearly lost a first and a third because you were arrogant enough to believe you could challenge a clause in the CBA (you can't), and hey, WHY IS BRIAN MACGRATTAN A FLAME AGAIN? Steve Begin and Blake Comeau were bigger cogs than Baertschi and Cervenka this year, and that's asinine. If you were going to trade Iggy and Kip, why not do it when there was more value, more of a market?

There's a lot of Ken King/ and ownership to blame in this mess, but the Flames are bad because of the team that was assembled, and guess what, if you're the person responsible for building that, you're the goat. - BookofLoob

Chris Butler: I actually defended this guy last year! What the hell was I thinking??? I gave him credit for doing a decent job despite being thrown into the top pairing; a place he was not a fit for, but somehow managed to make it work playing with Bouwmeester.

This year he has been terrible on any pairing, playing with any player. He has been late on plays, sometimes so slow that he has missed the play completely. When he has been in on the play, he has made costly mistakes, often hanging out to dry. In a joke of a season, I can't even bring myself to laugh at him. - Vintage Flame

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Conclusion

Slim pickins' for Flames awards this season, so a few skaters dominated the conversation. Nevertheless, please cast your ballot for your various choices and we'll reveal the winners as picked by the readers in a few days.

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#1 crapshoot
April 29 2013, 09:01AM
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I'd like to hand out an award to you Kent and all the contributors here at FN. I've been following the NHL and the Flames from across the pond for about 20 years, but since accidentally stumbling across Flames Nation a couple of years ago you guys have enhanced my NHL-experience tremendously. You kept me alive through the horrible lockout and you have actually managed to make this terrible season Flames-wise both entertaining and fun for me. I look forward to hang out with Flames nation through not only these times of trouble but also future seasons of success. I imagine it will be a real treat. Thank you.

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#2 Lordmork
April 29 2013, 01:09PM
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P.S. Great work by everyone at FN. I haven't always agreed, but I have enjoyed this season a lot more than years past, in part because of what I've found here.

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#3 T&A4Flames
April 29 2013, 10:23AM
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Off topic but does anyone know if there is a deadline for the buyouts this summer and what it is? I'm wondering how it might affect free agency.

Also, I would offer an award to Roman Horak for most consistent future performer or however you want to word it. When he was called up, he wasn't flashy but I thought he was very steady and consistent. I think he is starting to figure out what type of player he is going to be.

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#4 Baalzamon
April 29 2013, 11:13AM
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"Chris Butler: I actually defended this guy last year! What the hell was I thinking??? I gave him credit for doing a decent job despite being thrown into the top pairing; a place he was not a fit for, but somehow managed to make it work playing with Bouwmeester.

This year he has been terrible on any pairing, playing with any player. He has been late on plays, sometimes so slow that he has missed the play completely. When he has been in on the play, he has made costly mistakes, often hanging out to dry. In a joke of a season, I can't even bring myself to laugh at him. - Vintage Flame"

That may as well have been written by me.

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MVP: Glencross; big goals, leadership, you name it.

Best Dman: It's tough to say no to TJ the Tireless... so I won't.

Best FWD: Glencross; doesn't it follow?

Unsung Hero: I'll go with Staj.

Best Rookie: SVEN!!

GOAT SUCKER: Due to a higher than normal volume of goats, nominations will be made in the order received. Your goat status is important to us... well yeah, you all get it.

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#5 Alt
April 29 2013, 11:56AM
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I can,t hang the Goat on Kipper.After so many stellar years ,i figured he,d go out like this,and i'd bet that management was aware when he signed his last contract,what his intentions were.

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#6 seve927
April 29 2013, 08:23AM
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Goat is Mikka Kiprusoff, not for his horrible stats, but the stellar performances in his final appearances that pushed the Flames down the draft order. I think it could be argued that, if he hadn't turned it around at the end, his performance this year would have been more beneficial to the franchise than any return in a trade. He was in the process of delivering the franchise it's first top 3 pick, then he took it away. This after taking away any potential trade return as well. Goat.

Nonetheless, the Iginla/Kiprusoff era is over. To me it is now a clean slate. I believe this is the year we will see if the Flames can build from this or wander aimlessly.

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#8 Glenn
April 29 2013, 09:13AM
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crapshoot wrote:

I'd like to hand out an award to you Kent and all the contributors here at FN. I've been following the NHL and the Flames from across the pond for about 20 years, but since accidentally stumbling across Flames Nation a couple of years ago you guys have enhanced my NHL-experience tremendously. You kept me alive through the horrible lockout and you have actually managed to make this terrible season Flames-wise both entertaining and fun for me. I look forward to hang out with Flames nation through not only these times of trouble but also future seasons of success. I imagine it will be a real treat. Thank you.

Agreed! Much better work by The Nation team than we saw from the Flames. Great job Kent and your team!

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#9 Jeshko
April 29 2013, 09:28AM
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If you're going to pick a goat, it has to be the team's goaltending this year. The team's 5v5 save percentage this year is 89.27, which is over a full percentage point worse than the next worst team and almost (2.8%) worse than the league average 5v5. If they got league average goaltending at 5v5, that would be 31 less goals. If every 3 goals are a win (citation needed ;-)), that's 10 wins.

I'm not going to lay this at the feet of any of the goalies in particular, but rather the GM/coach . MacDonald gave the Flames a 90.2% save percentage, just a hair below his lifetime average of 90.3%. They got exactly what they should have expected there. Why they played Irving for six games and only gave Danny Taylor two games given the performance last year in AHL, I don't know. If you could blame a particular goalie, it'd have to be Kipper, who fell off the cliff this season. Though again, as Kent has pointed out for several years now, that shouldn't have come as a huge surprise to the team's management, and they should have had a contingency plan.

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#10 @Gingras34
April 29 2013, 09:33AM
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This was fun.

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#11 Kenta
April 29 2013, 09:46AM
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Iginla for being the goat. His meddling in the trade to Boston, no wait Pittsburgh(!), meant we had little or no leverage. Feaster is poor at trading in the best of circumstances - Iginla and his agent really handcuffed him on this deal.

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#12 NHL93
April 29 2013, 09:47AM
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Team MVP: Backlund. When injured, he left a massive gap in the lineup. When healthy, he was consistently the best Flame.

Best Defenseman: TJ Brodie. The dude was a champ all season.. seems to fit Hartley's system like a glove.

Best Forward: Backlund. See team mvp.

Unsung Hero: Gotta be Stajan. Nobody saw it coming and he did all the little things without complaining (maybe).

Best Rookie: Sven.

Best Scapegoat: Kipper, because we don't have Comeau to kick around anymore.

Best blog: Flames Nation. Cheers guys!

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#13 Parallex
April 29 2013, 10:09AM
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Goat is Mikka Kiprusoff and the goaltending in general. If they'd been just average the Flames likely would have made the playoffs (or at least been close). Leaky goaltending sunk this team.

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#14 T&A4Flames
April 29 2013, 10:19AM
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I think the race for best rookie is close. There are a lot of Cervenka bashers here but I thought he gradually got better as the season went on. Sven struggled, the only saving grace was how he performed upon being recalled and went on a 7 game point streak. Roman had 9 goals and 17pts through 39gms. Translated to an 82gm season, he is about 20/40. Not bad for just under $1mil actual $$.

I would give Roman 1 more year. He had a rough start to his career with the lockout and the blood clotting issues etc. Give him a chance to get a proper off season of conditioning and see how he does.

I know he is a perimeter player but what was really expected, that's the euro way and in KHL. He's got the creativity that we need so if we could surround him with bigger bodies that open space, I think he'll do ok.

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#15 dotfras
April 29 2013, 11:14AM
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I honestly can't complain about Cervenka - I know there are some haters, but if you think about it, I think this can be attributed to high expectations brought on by Feaster's overselling of the player.

He had decent point totals for a guy who has never played in the NHL, and don't forget - there were many games where he didn't see a lot of minutes.

If he can reinvent his game with a little more work in the defensive end, I think Cervenka is a great 2/3rd line scoring threat.

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#17 schevvy
April 29 2013, 11:23AM
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MVP and best D- TJ Brodie

Best forward- Lee Stempniak

Unsung Hero- Matt Stajan

Best rookie- Sven Baertschi

Goat- Miikka Kiprusoff (sorry Kipper)

Flames event that made me sad- the Iggy trade. And I'm cheering for Pittsburgh in the playoffs. None of your opinions will change my mind.

Thanks for the great work all year Kent and other writers!

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#18 yomamen
April 29 2013, 11:35AM
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@crapshoot

amen bro

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#19 Robear
April 29 2013, 11:44AM
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@NHL93

I agree with all of that, except the Goat should be Kipper and a shout out to Brodie! Kipper because he couldn't stop a beach ball the first 10 games when the team was playing great hockey in front of him; got hurt just as his game was picking up; and then drowned his trade value after the season wasnt in doubt.

Without Brodie's supperlative play down the stretch, post trades, this team is a guarantee to have a top 3 pick!

Bitter sweet with Brodie, as the team is undoubtedly a better one going forward with him taking the steps he has.

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#20 mattyc
April 29 2013, 11:59AM
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@schevvy

also cheering for Iggy in the playoffs.

Glad to see lots of love to Stajan - I think he's a useful 3rd line center.

Goat has to be Kipper. Just brutal goaltending this year.

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#21 danglesnipecelly
April 29 2013, 12:02PM
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seve927 wrote:

Goat is Mikka Kiprusoff, not for his horrible stats, but the stellar performances in his final appearances that pushed the Flames down the draft order. I think it could be argued that, if he hadn't turned it around at the end, his performance this year would have been more beneficial to the franchise than any return in a trade. He was in the process of delivering the franchise it's first top 3 pick, then he took it away. This after taking away any potential trade return as well. Goat.

Nonetheless, the Iginla/Kiprusoff era is over. To me it is now a clean slate. I believe this is the year we will see if the Flames can build from this or wander aimlessly.

Agreed ^^ He even looks like a goat... drags us to the basement then stands on his head just long enough to turn Barkov into Lindholm and then kills the Leafs trade and turns our 2nd round pick into a tumbleweed.

There are some terrific players slated to go in the 2nd round - we need that pick back! Is Tangs worth a 2nd to anyone?

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#22 dotfras
April 29 2013, 12:46PM
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@danglesnipecelly

Tanguay at half salary is worth a second.

The falling salary cap really makes moving older players with bad contracts hard.

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#23 Lordmork
April 29 2013, 01:07PM
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According to Fan960, Feaster says Ortio is ready to come over to the AHL next year. By my count, that makes 5 goalies, assuming Ramo gets signed. I guess the Heat carried three goalies this year. I like the chances of at least one of them turning into a starter.

Also, sounds like our 1st rounder is "very close to untouchable," unless they can move up. If Feaster thinks there are 4 elite-talents in the draft, then that would be the goal of moving up, but what would that cost us?

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#24 piscera.infada
April 29 2013, 01:16PM
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I'd like to echo the Cervenka sentiment from a couple of guys above. I think he has done a fine job in his first, albeit truncated season. If he wants to play here (which I'm unsure of), I hope we resign him.

I agree with most of the consensus "award" picks above. But I think in terms of MVP, I often wonder who the made the biggest impact on the young defensmen. They have all fared fairly well (especially Brodie - but even a guy like Carson has looked good at times, and definitely not horrible at others). That's who I give the MVP to. It could have been Gio, or the coaches, but I tend to believe Wideman has been a great model for a player like Brodie. Sometimes when I watch Brodie skate the puck between the bluelines on the powerplay it looks similar (in patience and confidence) to Wideman.

Perhaps I give Wideman too much credit. But I actually love having him on this team - regardless of how negatively he's been received by some.

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#25 piscera.infada
April 29 2013, 01:21PM
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Lordmork wrote:

According to Fan960, Feaster says Ortio is ready to come over to the AHL next year. By my count, that makes 5 goalies, assuming Ramo gets signed. I guess the Heat carried three goalies this year. I like the chances of at least one of them turning into a starter.

Also, sounds like our 1st rounder is "very close to untouchable," unless they can move up. If Feaster thinks there are 4 elite-talents in the draft, then that would be the goal of moving up, but what would that cost us?

On this note, I was at the Hitmen game last night (great game, great win). Broissot is a hell of a goalie, he makes some spectacular saves and an air of confidence about him (similar to Price).

If I have one knock on him, it's that he makes himself small when there's traffic in front of him. Something goalie coaches will need to work with him on.

All in all I was very pleased watching him. I really believe he could be a great goalie for us down the road.

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#26 Parallex
April 29 2013, 01:36PM
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Lordmork wrote:

According to Fan960, Feaster says Ortio is ready to come over to the AHL next year. By my count, that makes 5 goalies, assuming Ramo gets signed. I guess the Heat carried three goalies this year. I like the chances of at least one of them turning into a starter.

Also, sounds like our 1st rounder is "very close to untouchable," unless they can move up. If Feaster thinks there are 4 elite-talents in the draft, then that would be the goal of moving up, but what would that cost us?

One of them could play in the ECHL. Rather have that then have one guy sit for long stretches at a time.

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#27 Vintage Flame
April 29 2013, 01:38PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

"Chris Butler: I actually defended this guy last year! What the hell was I thinking??? I gave him credit for doing a decent job despite being thrown into the top pairing; a place he was not a fit for, but somehow managed to make it work playing with Bouwmeester.

This year he has been terrible on any pairing, playing with any player. He has been late on plays, sometimes so slow that he has missed the play completely. When he has been in on the play, he has made costly mistakes, often hanging out to dry. In a joke of a season, I can't even bring myself to laugh at him. - Vintage Flame"

That may as well have been written by me.

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MVP: Glencross; big goals, leadership, you name it.

Best Dman: It's tough to say no to TJ the Tireless... so I won't.

Best FWD: Glencross; doesn't it follow?

Unsung Hero: I'll go with Staj.

Best Rookie: SVEN!!

GOAT SUCKER: Due to a higher than normal volume of goats, nominations will be made in the order received. Your goat status is important to us... well yeah, you all get it.

I had to go with Butler, like I said with defending him and all last season.

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#28 Vintage Flame
April 29 2013, 01:39PM
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Thanks for all the great comments directed at the writers guys!

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#29 Scary Gary
April 29 2013, 01:46PM
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I've never seen Kipper as consistently bad as he was this year, he was just brutal. That being said his sub-par goaltending actually helped force a shift in the configuration of this team (finally).

I appreciate the past but am looking forward to the future...gawd I hope this goes well.

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#30 Scary Gary
April 29 2013, 01:49PM
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Thanks for all the great comments directed at the writers guys!

Well deserved; a job well done by all. Like others I've found this site has increased my overall flames experience. Thanks!

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#31 ChinookArch
April 29 2013, 02:35PM
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The Goat vote was rigged!

Where was Anton Babchuk and Cory (they don't play me enough) Sarich?

*** tears of Joy **** Anton Babchuk is done as a Flame. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Edit: I went with Feaster for signing those 2 dogs.

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#33 Glenn
April 29 2013, 02:41PM
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On this note, I was at the Hitmen game last night (great game, great win). Broissot is a hell of a goalie, he makes some spectacular saves and an air of confidence about him (similar to Price).

If I have one knock on him, it's that he makes himself small when there's traffic in front of him. Something goalie coaches will need to work with him on.

All in all I was very pleased watching him. I really believe he could be a great goalie for us down the road.

I have been at the Hitman games as well, and noticed the same thing at times. It did appear he was crouching over to see the puck on the ice when there was a lot of traffic. I think he will get better when he gets some higher level coaching. I also like what we're seeing with him overall; decent positioning and lots of poise. Let's hope he can perform better than Irving did when he gets to the AHL.

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#34 kantsequentialist
April 29 2013, 02:43PM
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Lanny mentioned it last year that Kipper will singlehandedly ensure that you never finish worse than 10th or 11th, and as a result never get a good pick. With kipper's terrible performance at the beginning of the season and awesome play at the end, I think he's the toungue in check winner of both MVP and Goat awards. If he had played better early we may have stayed in the rut of competing for a playoff spot and then barely missing out (MVP). However, if he had played worse at the end we may be talking about Barkov instead of Monahan

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#35 Danger
April 29 2013, 02:43PM
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As others have said above, I'd really like to give my sincere thanks to all the FN staff and contributors for all their hard work this year. I'd also like to thank the many commenters who contribute to the lively discussions. This is the only site I've ever bothered to register as a commenter for, because the quality of discussion is consistently very high. Of course this is also due to the writers who set the tone with their well thought out posts.

As for team goat, there is plenty of blame to go around, but just for old times' sake I'm going to borrow a phrase from VF: "Blake Comeau - yes, that Blake Comeau."

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#36 ChinookArch
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Well deserved; a job well done by all. Like others I've found this site has increased my overall flames experience. Thanks!

I'll second that. Watching the Flames without FN just isn't the same.

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#37 suba steve
April 29 2013, 02:46PM
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I've never seen Kipper as consistently bad as he was this year, he was just brutal. That being said his sub-par goaltending actually helped force a shift in the configuration of this team (finally).

I appreciate the past but am looking forward to the future...gawd I hope this goes well.

Exactly what a lot were scared would happen eventually, the wheels finally fell off. Yet another reason why the rebuild should have started earlier, as I'm sure Kipper had good trade value last summer and would have been more likely to report to a new team if it occured in the off-season.

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#39 beloch
April 29 2013, 03:17PM
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My hockey obsession has grown by leaps and bounds this year, and its largely thanks to Flamesnation. Great job guys! Even though the Flames' season is done, I look forward to the playoff coverage, since I'm sure it will be killer!

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#41 Jay
April 29 2013, 03:50PM
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goat .... upper management. namely Feaster and King. both were equally horrible. their excuses can only be stupidity and lack of hockey/business knowledge. a dumb lawyer and a poor business man. what a poor combo to lead this team. the damage they have done will take years to fix, ima only hoping i will see the day when i can be proud of the team again.

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#42 Bj
April 29 2013, 03:51PM
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How come everyone is so hard on czervenka? if you look at his totals they could translate jnto a 25 goal/50 point guy if given the right opportunity. Yes he is not defensive but maybe with more playing time he could improve. it was his first year in the nhl. i would rather sign him and play him... trade him at the deadline rather than let him walk for nothing.

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#44 Veggie Dog
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How come everyone is so hard on czervenka? if you look at his totals they could translate jnto a 25 goal/50 point guy if given the right opportunity. Yes he is not defensive but maybe with more playing time he could improve. it was his first year in the nhl. i would rather sign him and play him... trade him at the deadline rather than let him walk for nothing.

I agree. He got a raw deal this year with the lockout, illness, the transition to NHL, and being in Hartley's dog house. I think he still has potential and deserves a fair shake next year.

It is always possible to teach him more defensive responsibility and whip him into better shape. I hope he gets an offer and sticks around. I couldn't blame him for souring on Calgary a bit though after being used so little.

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#45 T&A4Flames
April 29 2013, 04:39PM
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@Veggie Dog

"I agree. He got a raw deal this year with the lockout, illness, the transition to NHL, and being in Hartley's dog house. I think he still has potential and deserves a fair shake next year."

I think a full training camp would help him understand better as well. The guy doesn't speak very good english so it would be much harder to learn from the coaching staff on the fly.

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#46 FireOnIce
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, big announcement coming from the Network very soon everyone. Stay tuned.

Edmonton fans being shipped to the Northern Territories, will be used as manual laborers in the salt mines?

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#47 Jibmeister
April 29 2013, 05:41PM
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Butler is definitely my goat. I was much more impressed with Derek Smith and Cory Sarich than I was with Chris Butler, and that's not good.

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