Post game 1 round up

Kent Wilson
April 17 2009 11:49AM

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That was a gut-punch loss, hey folks? Anyone old enough was probably reminded of Brian Skudland's record setting fastest-play-off-OT-goal-ever against the Flames in '86 when Havlat's shot snuck through Jokinen and Kipper 12 seconds into the extra frame...

Anyways, I went around ye olde intrawebs this morning and collected some reactions.

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Martin Havlat scares me

Kent Wilson
April 15 2009 10:44AM

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The Blackhawks have a lot of assests the Flames will have to be cognizant of: Khabibulin, Kane, Campbell, Toews, Versteeg, Sharp and the monstrous Dustin Byfuglien.

But the scariest of them all is Martin Havlat.

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Mo(n)sster re-ups

Kent Wilson
April 09 2009 06:35PM

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TSN is reporting that the Flames have extended pending UFA David Moss for 3 years at 1.3M/year. That's a healthy raise over the $575k he's making this year, but it's still a decent number for a guy of Moss' quality.

David Moss was a decent depth player last season, but he took a step forward into a different stratosphere this year. His 20 goals and 38 points don't tell the whole story. Moss and Curtis Glencross have formed a deadly duo that have frequently out-played other 3rd liners this year: both guys are in the top 10 in the NHL in terms corsi/60 according to behindthenet. Moss' +23 rating is sandwiched between Pavel Datsyuk (+23.4) and Marrian Hossa (+22.3) to give you an idea of the kind of company he's keeping by this metric.

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Flames News and Notes, April 9

Kent Wilson
April 09 2009 10:17AM

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- Tom Benjamin and I look at the Flames cap troubles during the stretch drive. While the sudden injuries to Regehr, Sarich, Aucoin, Roy etc are certainly tough to put on Sutter, the fact that the Flames have been battling the cap ceiling all year - an issue that was exacerbated by the Jokinen trade - is all Sutter's doing. While playing a man down for the last week or so may or may not have significant ramifications on the Flames season, Sutter should be embarrassed by this issue either way.

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Uh-Oh

Kent Wilson
March 27 2009 12:38PM

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One gets the uneasy feeling in the wake of yet another back-to-back debacle (ha!) that the good ship Sutter is starting to list ever so slightly. Or, rather, not slightly at all. Actually, it's pretty obvious we're taking on water here.

The first pin head hole in the hull appeared in February. The Flames looked vulnerable through most of the month due to some offensive struggles and a steadily declining PK that was busy giving up all kinds of quality scoring chances. The club persevered, however, largely on the back of their capable ES play and Miikka Kiprusoff's lone $6.5M-value stretch of games.

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