Flames trade Blake Comeau to Columbus

Kent Wilson
April 03 2013 01:27PM

 

Blake Comeau

pic via Robin Clicks

TSN is reporting the Flames have moved former waiver wire pick-up Blake Comeau to the very active Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth round pick today. Comeau struggled to score in Calgary and had a dreadful start to the season, but developed into a decent middle tier option for the Flames both last season and for the majority of this one.

Comeau can skate and isn't afraid to mix it up physically, but he's probably one of the dumber hockey players on the ice at any give time and he doesn't have the best hands. Few players can enter the zone, circle behid the net and then give the puck away like Comeau.

He's a replaceable piece and a 5th round choice means the organization essentially gets something for nothing given how he was acquired.

Thanks Blake! Good luck in Columbus...

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#1 the forgotten man
April 03 2013, 01:32PM
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Comeau can skate and isn't afraid to mix it up physically, but he's probably one of the dumber hockey players on the ice at any give time and he doesn't have the best hands. Few players can enter the zone, circle behid the net and then give the pucka way like Comeau.

Kent, you should be working for hockeydb or hockey futures...that is bar none the most succinct, yet funniest player synopsis I have ever read.

Kudos.

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#2 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 02:00PM
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dotfras wrote:

HOW THE HELL DID MIN GET HACKETT, LARSON + A 1st & 2nd?

They just got Hackett and Larson, that's all.

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#3 the-wolf
April 03 2013, 02:49PM
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AAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!#$^#!(*%((!#)!!!!!!!!!!!!#$%()@#%!!!!!!

Feaster just stated point blank that Edwards has told him that his marching orders are to make the playoff next season. What an idiot Edwards is.

I feel I'm right re: the plan:

- grab as much young talent from the draft this year as possible. - supplement that wih older prospects (lower tier though they may be) close to stepping in. - free up as much cap space as possible to go after players other teams can't retain.

Not sure I understand it. Flames and Edwards are in for a big surprise. We are now firmly in Oil country and the only route out is patience and drafting.

Seriously, what can Calgary possibly get to turn this team from 28th to at least 8th?

Prediction: Feaster gets fired next summer (2014).

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#4 backburner
April 03 2013, 02:50PM
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Fire Feaster and King!

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#5 the-wolf
April 03 2013, 01:29PM
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Feaster's best move ever!

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#6 the forgotten man
April 03 2013, 01:29PM
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Hartley hardest hit.

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#7 Bean-counting cowboy
April 03 2013, 01:29PM
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Now... babchuk? sarich? probably not :(

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#8 HockeyNutz
April 03 2013, 01:31PM
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Feaster's best move as Flames' GM...picks up a guy off waivers and turns him into a 5th round pick. Probably says something about Feaster's tenure that that would be his best move in the past year and a half!

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#9 gotommygo
April 03 2013, 01:32PM
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Finally, some good news ....

On a completely unrelated note, Johnny G was just named as a member of the Hobey Hat trick.

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#11 beloch
April 03 2013, 01:38PM
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Comeau was a somewhat frustrating player to watch. He often got into very good positions, either by out-skating the opposition or using what seemed to be, in certain limited ways, better hockey smarts than you give him credit for. It's what he would do with the puck once he had it and was in a good position that was almost always a let-down. If he didn't turn it over, he'd shoot, and his shot (plus his choice of places to shoot from) really stinks. Earlier this season he got his first goal and after that he would shoot every time even if passing was clearly the better option. With him out there the Flames tic-tac-toe plays became tic-tac-oh-@#$%-comeau-you're-not-a-@#$%ing-shooter!!! plays.

I can't shake the feeling that there's a smart coach out there who knows drills and lessons that would improve this kids shot and teach him when to pass and when to shoot. He could be a really good player if he learned those lessons. Oh well. He didn't do it in Calgary. Better luck in Columbus!

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#12 Vintage Flame
April 03 2013, 01:38PM
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Now I can't write *THAT Blake Comeau* in my post games... :(

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#13 the forgotten man
April 03 2013, 01:39PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Cheers. I noticed that about him last year. The drive wide/swoop behind the net/shoot it from far out became known as "the Comeau" in my household.

"The Comeau" could also now be shorthand for 'addition by deletion'.

Funny stuff...we all need a laugh now and then in these unpredictable times.

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#14 Subversive
April 03 2013, 01:41PM
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the forgotten man wrote:

Comeau can skate and isn't afraid to mix it up physically, but he's probably one of the dumber hockey players on the ice at any give time and he doesn't have the best hands. Few players can enter the zone, circle behid the net and then give the pucka way like Comeau.

Kent, you should be working for hockeydb or hockey futures...that is bar none the most succinct, yet funniest player synopsis I have ever read.

Kudos.

Yeah, this really is spectacular. Well done Kent.

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#15 dotfras
April 03 2013, 01:41PM
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5th round pick is good. Could potentially use that to deal at the draft.

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#16 Captain Ron
April 03 2013, 01:42PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Cheers. I noticed that about him last year. The drive wide/swoop behind the net/shoot it from far out became known as "the Comeau" in my household.

Thats funny! My son and I referred to him the same way when we were watching the games this year and even last year.

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#17 FireOnIce
April 03 2013, 01:43PM
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Woah woah woah, we didn't get Atkinsson or Johanson? Come on now, Comeau had like 30 goals a couple seasons ago, he was awesome, a real classy guy. He's AT LEAST worth a good prospect and a second.

/delusion

Good riddance. I liked him at first because of his drive, willingness to go to the dirty areas. I remember Comeau's first game as a Flame; on a listless, tired team, he was laying hits, driving to the net, and enabling scoring chances.

Then he took a stupid, boneheaded boarding penalty where the announcers were questioning suspension. And he continued to take similar penalties throughout the season.

Comeau, we didn't care to know thee.

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#18 SmellOfVictory
April 03 2013, 01:44PM
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Very kind of you to say "one of the dumber" players on the ice, when I think we all know he was possibly the dumbest in the NHL. He's got the physical tools of a very good player, and it takes a very poor hockey brain to ruin that.

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#19 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 01:49PM
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Great news. Nobody mentioned but he was also a UFA so any return is great.

The guy probably has potential but glad to see him go. He was one of Feaster's "Sutter-like" pick-ups in that JayFe thought he was undervalued and could succeed here but it did not work out.

I just really HOPE the money Flames use money they could have badly spent on Comeau to re-sign Backlund and ALSO Cervenka who is talented enough to warrant another chance at a reasonable salary. I say get Backlund for $4M over 2 years and Cervenka for $3.5M over 2 years. REBUILD ON!

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#20 FireOnIce
April 03 2013, 01:52PM
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HAH!

Wade Redden to Boston for a draft pick. We couldn't even get that for Babchuk or Sarich?

Must've been that whole debacle or something over some dude named Igglatowski.

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#22 dotfras
April 03 2013, 01:54PM
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HOW THE HELL DID MIN GET HACKETT, LARSON + A 1st & 2nd?

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#23 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 01:55PM
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Also hope moves like this, plus not re-signing Begin and Babchuk, plus maybe trading or not re-signing other +25 age players (from AHL and NHL teams) this summer will allow Flames organization to get younger. PLEASE can they legitimately give guys like Baertshi, Horak, Bouma, Wotherspoon, and perhaps Reinhart, Breen, Ferland a chance to EARN a spot in the NHL by not filling up the 23-man roster with one-way contracts. We HAVE possible centres like Horak, B Jones, Reinhart, and maybe N MacKinnon in/coming into the system...give them a freaking chance!!!

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#24 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 01:58PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Horak recalled by the Flames. He'll plug into the lineup tonight no doubt.

WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! He deserves it, see comment 20.

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#25 Scary Gary
April 03 2013, 01:58PM
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Lombo gets moved again.

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#26 Scary Gary
April 03 2013, 02:00PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

HAH!

Wade Redden to Boston for a draft pick. We couldn't even get that for Babchuk or Sarich?

Must've been that whole debacle or something over some dude named Igglatowski.

If Scott Hannan is still in the league, I mean brought in a seventh rounder surely Sarich could fetch something, no? Must be the remaining year on his contract.

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#27 Ed Ward
April 03 2013, 02:01PM
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MC Hockey wrote:

Great news. Nobody mentioned but he was also a UFA so any return is great.

The guy probably has potential but glad to see him go. He was one of Feaster's "Sutter-like" pick-ups in that JayFe thought he was undervalued and could succeed here but it did not work out.

I just really HOPE the money Flames use money they could have badly spent on Comeau to re-sign Backlund and ALSO Cervenka who is talented enough to warrant another chance at a reasonable salary. I say get Backlund for $4M over 2 years and Cervenka for $3.5M over 2 years. REBUILD ON!

I'd really like to see the Flames lock up Backlund to a long deal this off season.

The gap between his underlying numbers and his production is so great that we have an opportunity for some value.

It is well worth the risk to take a shot that a guy with great possession numbers, chances are his production will start to match his underlying numbers. Obviously there are no guarantee's and injuries could be a in issue for Backlund going forward. However, in light of the fact that the Flames have very few guys who really drive the play, it's well worth the risk to lock up a guy who does.

I wouldn't be opposed to 15mil of five years. Chances are this will look like a steal in 2 years

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#28 mk
April 03 2013, 02:03PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Lombo gets moved again.

Details?

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#30 ChinookArch
April 03 2013, 02:17PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

To ANA for a marginal prospect (Brandon McMillan).

Isn't that Bob's son?

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#31 SmellOfVictory
April 03 2013, 02:17PM
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Ed Ward wrote:

I'd really like to see the Flames lock up Backlund to a long deal this off season.

The gap between his underlying numbers and his production is so great that we have an opportunity for some value.

It is well worth the risk to take a shot that a guy with great possession numbers, chances are his production will start to match his underlying numbers. Obviously there are no guarantee's and injuries could be a in issue for Backlund going forward. However, in light of the fact that the Flames have very few guys who really drive the play, it's well worth the risk to lock up a guy who does.

I wouldn't be opposed to 15mil of five years. Chances are this will look like a steal in 2 years

Agreed. I'd take any length of deal for Backlund, to be honest. The full 7 (or is the max 8?) years at something around that AAV would be totally good with me. 3 mil AAV is what you'd pay a good 3rd line C, and Backlund is already better than that.

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#32 the-wolf
April 03 2013, 02:27PM
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@SmellOfVictory

I'll third this.

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#33 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 02:30PM
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the-wolf wrote:

I'll third this.

Thanks the-wolf, SOV, Ed Ward...but what do you, Kent, and everyone think about re-signing Cervenka??

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#34 Ed Ward
April 03 2013, 02:36PM
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MC Hockey wrote:

Thanks the-wolf, SOV, Ed Ward...but what do you, Kent, and everyone think about re-signing Cervenka??

I'd do it an heart beat. I'm just not sure after the way Hartley has treated him he's going to want to re-sign here. Unless he REALLY loves playing with Hudler.

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#35 the-wolf
April 03 2013, 02:40PM
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Ed Ward wrote:

I'd do it an heart beat. I'm just not sure after the way Hartley has treated him he's going to want to re-sign here. Unless he REALLY loves playing with Hudler.

Agreed.

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#36 Michael
April 03 2013, 02:44PM
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Its been a tough year for Cervenka, adapting to the smaller ice surface, the physical style of the NHL, the tough schedule and a coach that does not have a lot of faith in him. I might be willing to resign short term and at a much reduced rate. (much like we resigned Backlund last year). Overall, he is largely expendable at this point.

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#37 T&A4Flames
April 03 2013, 02:44PM
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"he's probably one of the dumber hockey players on the ice at any give time and he doesn't have the best hands. Few players can enter the zone, circle behid the net and then give the puck away like Comeau."

I'm guessing you were never much of a Comeau fan.

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#38 Scary Gary
April 03 2013, 02:44PM
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MC Hockey wrote:

Thanks the-wolf, SOV, Ed Ward...but what do you, Kent, and everyone think about re-signing Cervenka??

Looks like Cervenka won't be making much more this year than his $925,000 base salary and a 10% signing bonus of his 3.775 cap hit. There was very little chance he would ever make the bonus thresholds.

I don't think he's in line for a raise but I liked his creativity; I'd resign him, maybe 1.2 mil for one year or 1 mil per year for two years.

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#39 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 02:48PM
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@Scary Gary

Quote: "Looks like Cervenka won't be making much more this year than his $925,000 base salary and a 10% signing bonus of his 3.775 cap hit. There was very little chance he would ever make the bonus thresholds.

I don't think he's in line for a raise but I liked his creativity; I'd resign him, maybe 1.2 mil for one year or 1 mil per year for two years."

I agree, I think he deserves another shot at up to $1.5M salary as he is a better risk than players like, oh I don't know, Comeau at that price.

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#40 SeanCharles
April 03 2013, 02:50PM
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Ed Ward wrote:

I'd do it an heart beat. I'm just not sure after the way Hartley has treated him he's going to want to re-sign here. Unless he REALLY loves playing with Hudler.

I don't blame many for not noticing but last game Backs, Hudler and Cervenka were used quite regularily by Hartley and they seemed extemely effective. I thought they were our best line.

Theres not doubt in my mind Cervenka will sign here again, especially after all the icetime he will rack up to finish the season.

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#41 McRib
April 03 2013, 02:52PM
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@ChinookArch

No that's Logan MacMillan a native of PEI, he was also a former first round burnout that had a cup of coffee with Abbotsford. Jakub Voracek made him in junior.

Brandon McMillian is actually a decent prospect that has been buried of late. Played in the 'dub for Kelowna. Originally a defender he moved to forward after being drafted, is more suited to forward but has taken some time to learn position at pro level.

More than I would give up for Lombo!!!

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#42 SeanCharles
April 03 2013, 02:56PM
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@the-wolf

I applaud the fact our mandate is to make the playoffs next year.. Not at the expense of mortgaging our future but still.

Do you think MTL went into this season planning to suck just cause they were bottom 3 last year?

No, they went out and addressed their weaknesses and now are at the top of the heap.

I'm not saying that is what will happen to us but honestly if we get some more centers on our team and improved goaltending, with the addition of some hard hitting defence we will not be as horrible as we were this year.

Our true weakness this season was going into the year with Backlund and Stajan as our only NHL centers. Kippers play hasnt helped...

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#43 dotfras
April 03 2013, 02:56PM
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MC Hockey wrote:

They just got Hackett and Larson, that's all.

Nope, not all.

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#44 the-wolf
April 03 2013, 02:59PM
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Now sounds like they're going to trade their 1st round picks! Seriously, Feaster just alluded to that!

Wonder if Flames keep their 1st and trade the other 2 1sts for players other teams can't retain.

Now babling about the importance of the draft and especially the first round.

What a gong show this is going to be.

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#45 danglesnipecelly
April 03 2013, 03:01PM
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the-wolf wrote:

AAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!#$^#!(*%((!#)!!!!!!!!!!!!#$%()@#%!!!!!!

Feaster just stated point blank that Edwards has told him that his marching orders are to make the playoff next season. What an idiot Edwards is.

I feel I'm right re: the plan:

- grab as much young talent from the draft this year as possible. - supplement that wih older prospects (lower tier though they may be) close to stepping in. - free up as much cap space as possible to go after players other teams can't retain.

Not sure I understand it. Flames and Edwards are in for a big surprise. We are now firmly in Oil country and the only route out is patience and drafting.

Seriously, what can Calgary possibly get to turn this team from 28th to at least 8th?

Prediction: Feaster gets fired next summer (2014).

TSN panel just ripped the Flames ownership one by one literally laughing out loud at the "marching orders" to make the playoffs next year.

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#46 schevvy
April 03 2013, 03:03PM
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This screams like 2007-2009 Edmonton Oilers. Fall out miserably one year, then try and fix everything by over paying free agents mightily.

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#47 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 03:06PM
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dotfras wrote:

Nope, not all.

I got my info from TSN....they are wrong possibly

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#48 MC Hockey
April 03 2013, 03:07PM
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@SeanCharles

Quote: "I don't blame many for not noticing but last game Backs, Hudler and Cervenka were used quite regularily by Hartley and they seemed extemely effective. I thought they were our best line.

Theres not doubt in my mind Cervenka will sign here again, especially after all the icetime he will rack up to finish the season."

I HOPE you are right!!!

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#49 McRib
April 03 2013, 03:09PM
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I have a family friend that used to sit on a Board of Directors with Murray Edwards and they said to put it mildly that he was a pompous a**hole to everyone. When you have too large of an ego for other BoD members to handle, its saying something. I doubt his ego will allow us to finish last for more than a season, although fortunately for the betterment of the team its going to be hard to sign free agents for a few years.

Edward's company Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) is currently suing ALL of their former clients that have worked for them in the past four-five years, because they can... Everyone in the industry views it as a very strange practice to try and recoup some minor financial costs, because they completly underbudgeted their projects.

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#50 dotfras
April 03 2013, 03:12PM
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@MC Hockey

Pom & 2013 4th for Hackett, Larsson, 2013 1st & 2014 2nd

Pominville got more than both Iginla and Bouwmeester.

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