Post-Game: Johnny Gaudreau Saves Christmas

Ryan Pike
December 23 2014 01:20AM

Heading into the meat of tonight's game in Los Angeles, things did not look great for the Calgary Flames. Down 3-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Flames seemed set for their ninth straight loss. To that point, the Flames had been out-played and largely out-classed by the Kings.

Then Johnny Gaudreau happened.

The Calgary Flames won 4-3 in overtime in a game that turned on the play of a 21-year-old rookie. Johnny Gaudreau saved Christmas.

Here's how it happened.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames got down in the third period. The Kings out-shot them, out-chanced them and scored twice. Uh-oh. Trevor Lewis' shot from the far, far side eluded Jonas Hiller to make it 1-0 Kings just two minutes into the game. Late in the period, the Kings struck again via a Marian Gaborik power-play marker with David Jones in the box.

Things weren't much better in the second, as Jamie McBain scored early in the period on the power-play with Lance Bouma in the box. Spirits were low in FlamesNation, and were perked up only slightly by a Johnny Gaudreau power-play goal late in the period. The Kings largely carried play, and it was thought it might be too little, too late for the Flames.

The third was largely even, until Johnny Gaudreau decided that the Flames had lost enough games. With the goalie pulled and just over two minutes left, Gaudreau beat Jonathan Quick for his second goal of the game to creep the Flames to a 3-2 deficit. But he wasn't done. About 1:13 later, Gaudreau chucked the puck at the net...and it bonked in off of the body of Drew Doughty. Kings fans wept. Flames fans rejoyced. The game was tied. Gaudreau completed his first professional hat trick.

We went to overtime. Gaudreau very nearly had his fourth marker of the contest, but was robbed by Jonathan Quick. However, Flames captain Mark Giordano scored on a rush a few minutes later to complete the comeback and give the visitors a thrilling 4-3 victory.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Well, the team got out-played for half the game and - outside of the first goal - Jonas Hiller did his level best to keep the game close for the visitors. Then Gaudreau flipped his switch and turned it on. They got bounces. They got chances. They got two late goals and an OT marker, and skated away with their seventh third period comeback.

RED WARRIOR

Johnny Gaudreau. Nobody was even in the same stratosphere.

GAME IN TWO TWEETS

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:26 Carter 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Away 1 18:58 Granlund 2 14 23 27 28 32 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Away 1 18:32 Raymond 5 23 27 28 32 73 1 5 6 8 21 32 5v5
Away 1 18:31 Wideman 5 23 27 28 32 73 1 5 6 8 21 32 5v5
Away 1 14:21 Russell 6 8 10 13 32 74 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Away 1 13:14 Giordano 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Away 1 12:10 Gaudreau 2 10 13 27 32 74 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Away 1 10:29 Glencross 2 11 12 27 32 77 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 1 8:09 Lewis 6 8 22 28 32 1 4 6 19 21 23 4v5
Home 1 3:30 Carter 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 17 18 5v4
Home 1 2:18 Williams 8 11 12 14 27 32 1 4 29 32 60 5v4
Home 1 2:12 Gaborik 8 11 12 14 27 32 1 4 29 32 60 5v4
Home 1 2:11 Gaborik goal 8 11 12 14 27 32 1 4 29 32 60 5v4
Away 1 1:27 Colborne 6 8 10 13 32 74 1 4 6 8 21 32 5v5
Away 1 1:25 Byron 6 8 10 13 32 74 1 4 6 8 21 32 5v5
Away 2 19:44 Monahan tip 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Home 2 17:55 Pearson 6 8 22 32 70 73 1 13 24 29 33 60 5v5
Home 2 17:23 King 2 10 13 27 32 74 1 5 7 17 18 25 5v5
Home 2 15:30 McBain goal 5 14 23 27 28 32 1 7 8 18 29 5v4
Home 2 14:29 Toffoli 3 5 10 13 32 73 1 6 8 13 29 32 5v5
Away 2 14:01 Glencross 2 22 27 32 70 73 1 19 20 23 29 33 5v5
Away 2 13:55 Glencross 2 22 27 32 70 73 1 19 20 23 29 33 5v5
Away 2 11:35 Russell 2 10 13 27 32 74 1 4 6 13 23 32 5v5
Home 2 11:16 King 6 8 10 13 32 74 1 4 6 21 23 24 5v5
Home 2 9:55 Brown 3 5 14 23 28 32 1 6 21 24 29 60 5v5
Away 2 5:46 Russell 6 8 23 28 32 74 1 4 6 17 18 25 5v5
Away 2 4:26 Granlund 3 5 10 13 32 74 1 21 24 29 33 60 5v5
Away 2 3:19 Giordano 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 17 18 25 5v5
Away 2 2:16 Gaudreau 2 22 27 28 32 1 4 6 8 13 24 4v5
Away 2 1:59 Gaudreau goal 2 22 27 28 32 1 4 6 8 13 24 4v5
Away 2 1:36 Glencross 6 8 10 13 32 74 1 5 7 19 20 60 5v5
Away 2 0:10 Hudler 6 8 14 23 28 32 1 5 7 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 19:41 Carter 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 17 18 25 5v5
Home 3 19:12 28 2 12 27 28 32 77 1 5 7 13 23 32 5v5
Home 3 16:21 Gaborik 2 11 12 27 32 77 1 5 7 21 24 60 5v5
Away 3 15:04 Bollig 6 8 14 23 28 32 1 6 17 18 25 33 5v5
Home 3 14:25 Greene 2 22 27 32 70 73 1 17 18 25 29 33 5v5
Away 3 13:44 Gaudreau 6 8 10 13 32 73 1 5 7 13 23 24 5v5
Away 3 8:31 Diaz 3 5 10 13 32 74 1 8 19 20 29 33 5v5
Away 3 6:42 Hudler 8 14 23 27 28 32 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 5:57 Carter 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 4 6 13 23 32 5v5
Away 3 5:18 Raymond 3 5 10 13 32 74 1 5 7 21 32 60 5v5
Home 3 3:55 Williams 6 8 14 22 23 32 1 5 7 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 2:52 Carter 2 11 12 27 32 77 1 5 7 8 19 20 5v5
Home 3 2:47 Gaborik 2 11 12 27 32 77 1 5 7 8 19 20 5v5
Away 3 2:14 Gaudreau goal 6 8 10 12 32 74 5 7 13 20 23 24 5v5
Home 3 0:38 Doughty 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 8 17 19 5v5
Home 3 0:33 Kopitar 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 8 17 19 5v5
Home 3 0:29 Deflection 6 8 11 12 32 77 1 5 7 13 23 24 5v5
Home 4 4:03 Brown 11 23 27 32 77 1 5 7 23 24 4v4
Away 4 1:29 Monahan 6 8 11 23 32 1 4 6 23 32 4v4
Away 4 1:14 Gaudreau 6 8 11 23 32 1 5 7 13 24 4v4
Away 4 0:55 Giordano goal 5 12 27 32 77 1 5 7 13 24 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   26 18   2 1   0 5
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:42 10 2 01:44 2 1 00:39 0 3
5 GIORDANO, MARK 24:11 12 12 01:08 0 0 02:21 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 25:18 13 4 01:44 2 1 00:47 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 25:05 10 12 01:08 0 0 01:52 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:25 5 5 00:52 2 0 00:56 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 18:30 10 6 01:28 2 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 10:59 3 5 00:00 0 0 01:05 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:33 3 3 00:00 0 0 01:15 0 2
19 JONES, DAVID 13:58 7 5 01:24 0 1 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 13:49 8 3 00:36 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:06 6 3 01:24 0 1 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 19:03 11 7 01:24 0 1 00:38 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 18:29 10 7 01:28 2 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 10:41 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 10:40 4 4 00:00 0 0 00:57 0 4
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:31 7 3 00:00 0 0 01:17 0 3
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 08:06 5 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 13:43 6 3 00:00 0 0 01:25 0 3
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 6 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0
2 11 6 9 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 6 11 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Calgary Flames take a 18-15-3 record into the four-day Christmas break. To be honest, regardless of how streaky the team's been, I'm pretty damn impressed by a club in Year Two of a rebuild being this decent so early. And this club is driven by the play of youngsters like Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and T.J. Brodie, and key vets like Mark Giordano and Jiri Hudler.

The Flames are back in action on Saturday night and do it in style - with a Hockey Night in Canada late-game clash with the Edmonton Oilers. The puck drops at 8pm.

Merry Christmas, everybody!

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Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames since 2010. He's Senior Contributing Editor at FlamesNation and a Senior Writer covering the Flames for The Hockey Writers. He's just trying to capture the spirit of the thing.
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#1 beloch
December 23 2014, 01:37AM
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Have a Holly Johnny Christmas everyone!

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#2 Burnward
December 23 2014, 02:29AM
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In Excelcis Gio.

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#3 Stan Marsh
December 23 2014, 02:30AM
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Props to bob for finally putting Monahan between Hudler and Gaudreau...he didn't show up a ton on the score sheet, but those three played pretty well together when they were on the ice

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#4 Burnward
December 23 2014, 03:22AM
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Johnny's on pace for 63 points and trending up.

His NHLe from college might actually be attainable. Never thought it would happen.

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#5 ville de champignons
December 23 2014, 05:13AM
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Don't think I ever watched a player score 3 consecutive goals before. Anybody know what the NHL record is?

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#6 Burnward
December 23 2014, 05:37AM
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@ville de champignons

Not sure about the record.

The natural hatty has been done numerous times...it is still very rare however.

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#7 Kenta
December 23 2014, 06:18AM
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Funny how the Oiler trolls are AWOL today.

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#8 Lionlager
December 23 2014, 06:52AM
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Amazing finish. I thought for sure that ot 2 on 0 would give jonny 4 on the night. When is the last time someone scored 4 consecutive goals in the NHL anyway? Go jonny go.

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#9 Greg
December 23 2014, 07:11AM
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So with Jooris out, we finally win. Clearly Jooris was the problem all along!

#correlation=causation #amidoingitright #sarcasm

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#10 playastation
December 23 2014, 07:17AM
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Greg wrote:

So with Jooris out, we finally win. Clearly Jooris was the problem all along!

#correlation=causation #amidoingitright #sarcasm

you did it!

for real though, ferland and sven need to come back.

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#11 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 23 2014, 07:17AM
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are the next two games considered "trap games" for the Flames?

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#12 coachedpotatoe
December 23 2014, 07:42AM
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I missed the comeback, boy I'm getting old. I just wanted to comment on a couple of things from last nights game. 1. How fast is Brodie; there was sequence last night where Gio and a Kings player we chasing down a puck going into the corner and TJ called Gio off and beat the Kings player to the puck he made up space in an instant. Secondly over the last little while there has been a lot of hate towards Glencross and I get he has not been producing but last night he and DJones had some very effective shifts and created all sorts of chances. People like to beat him up because he is not producing but both Bouma and Byron have also fallen on hard times in the point area.

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#13 theartfuldodger
December 23 2014, 08:23AM
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I went to bed after the 2nd period. This morning walking down the stairs I thought to myself....how cool would it be if Gaudrau scored a hat trick to tie it up.....apparently I have mental powers that I was un aware of! Crazy. Hopefully this inspires the team and they get some good food and rest over the week!

Merry Christmas Flames Nation and happy holidays Flames!

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#14 prendrefeu
December 23 2014, 08:27AM
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ville de champignons wrote:

Don't think I ever watched a player score 3 consecutive goals before. Anybody know what the NHL record is?

The record is 21 seconds, set by Bill Mosienko in 1952 for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Back then, though, there was much confusion and the talent level had massive disparities.
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=20177

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#15 SSB1963
December 23 2014, 09:07AM
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Well since you mentioned it. No we are still here but could really give a Crap! what you do we have our own problems to contend with. But hey I hope it makes your day. Glad you won nobody likes extended losing streaks now maybe the oilers can stop finding new and creative ways of giving away games.

Have a very merry christmas!

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#16 FlamesFan1489
December 23 2014, 09:18AM
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Greg wrote:

So with Jooris out, we finally win. Clearly Jooris was the problem all along!

#correlation=causation #amidoingitright #sarcasm

Hahahah I love it. Jooris is just fine, just needs to be put down a couple of lines in the lineup. Should be on the 3rd or 4th line when he comes back and keep Monahan with Huds and Johnny Hockey.

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#17 crapshoot
December 23 2014, 09:29AM
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I wonder how many references to Joe Thornton would have been made, had Johnny scored four...

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#18 Jake the Snail
December 23 2014, 09:39AM
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Burnward wrote:

Johnny's on pace for 63 points and trending up.

His NHLe from college might actually be attainable. Never thought it would happen.

Johnny Football (aka Johnny Ego) is a sham! His college game will never transfer to the NFL! And is nickname should be dropped...

Now, here's Johnny Hockey!!!

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#19 Johnny Goooooooaldreau
December 23 2014, 09:57AM
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coachedpotatoe wrote:

I missed the comeback, boy I'm getting old. I just wanted to comment on a couple of things from last nights game. 1. How fast is Brodie; there was sequence last night where Gio and a Kings player we chasing down a puck going into the corner and TJ called Gio off and beat the Kings player to the puck he made up space in an instant. Secondly over the last little while there has been a lot of hate towards Glencross and I get he has not been producing but last night he and DJones had some very effective shifts and created all sorts of chances. People like to beat him up because he is not producing but both Bouma and Byron have also fallen on hard times in the point area.

I also have issues with the perception of Glencross by some on this site. Glencross is 91st in NHL scoring with 21 points in 36 games. Marian Hossa is 92nd with 21 points in 34 games. He is also ahead of the likes of Duchene, Landeskog, Neal, Vanek and many others, because obviously there are 30 teams, so only 3 players per team are ahead of him production wise. So when people complain about him I'm hoping that they are talking about something other than "production".

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December 23 2014, 10:15AM
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Good facts totally agree so many people are so negative and never watch the games bash them when there losing and praise them when there winning. GlenX is a loyal flame something a lot of fans are not

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Good facts totally agree so many people are so negative and never watch the games bash them when there losing and praise them when there winning. GlenX is a loyal flame something a lot of fans are not

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December 23 2014, 10:15AM
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I couldn't stay awake. Been too busy at work.

Anyhow what a great thing to wake up to.

Anybody notice that Gio's goal was the exact same play he tried against Vancouver except this time the Flames scored?

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#23 Johnny Goooooooaldreau
December 23 2014, 10:28AM
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In the past people used to complain about the "dumb" penalties Glencross would take, now he is playing with discipline they say he's not playing gritty enough. Those would be the same people who complain about all the face punchers on the team. Calgary is the 3rd least penalized team in the league and this is probably one of the most important contributors to their record. Staying out of the box helps you win games, imagine that. So I would say that the team has been told not to take "dumb" penalties. This means that if you don't like Glencross' play then you should talk to the coaching staff because I'm sure he's just following the game plan.

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#24 the-wolf
December 23 2014, 10:51AM
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Calgary's best player is a 21 year old rookie who weighs 148lbs. At first blush, that statement would seem awfully sad. The reality, however, is it speaks volumes to his incredible talent level. It would be amazing to land a McDavid or Eichel, but Gaudreau is proving to be a generational talent himself.

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#25 ville de champignons
December 23 2014, 11:16AM
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Thanks to those who answered my question. A BIG lump of coal to those who trashed me. And a Happy Festivus to all.

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#26 A rye morning
December 23 2014, 11:31AM
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the-wolf wrote:

Calgary's best player is a 21 year old rookie who weighs 148lbs. At first blush, that statement would seem awfully sad. The reality, however, is it speaks volumes to his incredible talent level. It would be amazing to land a McDavid or Eichel, but Gaudreau is proving to be a generational talent himself.

One of those two players would be great, no doubt, but the Flames could really use a Hanafin.

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#27 SmellOfVictory
December 23 2014, 12:19PM
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I went to bed with 5 minutes left in the game because I needed the rest. Ugh.

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#28 A
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the-wolf wrote:

Calgary's best player is a 21 year old rookie who weighs 148lbs. At first blush, that statement would seem awfully sad. The reality, however, is it speaks volumes to his incredible talent level. It would be amazing to land a McDavid or Eichel, but Gaudreau is proving to be a generational talent himself.

I don't think Gaudreau is a generational talent, but he is certainly going to be a superstar. We landed a gem here, Flames fans!

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Rye:

Good comment re: Hanafin.

Most of us would agree that a real, if not glaring, hole with the Flames is the #5-6 defensive pairing.

In the New Year I would enjoy reading a comprehensive article about the top ... say ... 7-10 defense prospects in this upcoming draft. Lots of writing re: McD and Eichel ... but a real good defense writ up would be good info.

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Thegrayone wrote:

Rye:

Good comment re: Hanafin.

Most of us would agree that a real, if not glaring, hole with the Flames is the #5-6 defensive pairing.

In the New Year I would enjoy reading a comprehensive article about the top ... say ... 7-10 defense prospects in this upcoming draft. Lots of writing re: McD and Eichel ... but a real good defense writ up would be good info.

A great 3/4 defensive prospect (along with two third pairing defensemen) is arequirement for the Flames to take the next step.

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#31 RKD
December 23 2014, 05:29PM
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Johnny Hockey is the next big thing, if this guy puts up 50-60 points this season imagine what he will do in his prime. Hey Seguin, Voracek move over! Nice to see rookies p**sed off about this losing streak and taking it into their own hands. Wish I could say the same about some veterans not named Giordano. Gaudreau is our saviour and possibly the second coming of Theoren Fleury.

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#32 Greg
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I've been in the "trade Glencross at the deadline" camp, but I'm starting to rethink it.

There's a HUGE drop off in our already-thin forwards offence after him (Jooris is 5th and barely half of GlenX). Our 5/6 defense hole has a lot of potential fixes on the UFA market this offseason... Staal, Franson, Erhoff, etc.

But UFA forwards? Yikes. We've got the horses long term but to improve next year, there's not much out there. St. Louis if Burke can handle another sub 5-10 winger. Jagr? After that, Stafford or Stewart I guess? Or Fisher? There's rumours Vermette is asking for $6M per and might get it given the dearth of offence available.

That starts making Glencross look like a decent keeper-option. If you can sign him for say 2x$4M, I probably would. Or conversely, wouldn't trade him for less than a 2nd plus a prospect.

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#33 LA 2012 2014
December 23 2014, 11:23PM
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Luckiest bounces ever! What a joke, LA Let a little Hobbit score Three goals?? Lol!!!

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#34 The Real Slim Brodie
December 27 2014, 08:21AM
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I say we sign glencross as soon as possible so that he can get it off his mind and start playing the way he usually does..he doesn't seem to be putting it all on the line like most years...maybe he is scared of an injury in his ufa year..

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#35 Oilertown
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Love to see John I wanna be a hockey player knocked into the next stratosphere he sucks. Talk about clg wanna be a Eberle type player yea right. Team is gonna lose a ton of games in new year, enjoy losers,

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