May 10 2010 12:23PM
Not a lot happening in Flamesland right now, so I figured it's time for a tour around the periphery.
May 07 2010 11:06AM
In the Nation roundtable, Ales Kotalik was identified by myself (and others) as budgetary deadweight that would best be expunged from the roster in order to free up some cap dollars. Frankly, I stand by that conclusion. Kotalik is a bad bet to provide value for his $3M/year salary over the next two seasons. While he's been a 20 goal scorer in the past, he's never played against tough competition consistently, meaning he's done most of his damage against third liners and on the power play. In addition, aside from a 62 point outburst for the Sabres back in 2006-05, Kotalik has hovered around the 40 point/season range, meaning he doesn't really do that much damage anyways. Also, he turns 32 in December.
May 07 2010 07:46AM
So, last week, I put up the first piece on Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter in a "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" series… I put up three examples, and I'm sure there are more. Well, now on to part two, as I'll throw out three examples that I believe fit in the "bad" category. In this case, I'll classify bad as deals that were made that didn't look terrible to start, but certainly don't look great now.
May 06 2010 03:43PM
The other night, I was watching the Penguins and Canadiens play, and I was talking with a friend about the number of players on those teams that they've drafted.
Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski, Talbot, Letang, Staal, Orpik, Kennedy and Fleury were all taken by the Pens via the draft. For the Habs, Plekanec, both Kostitsyns, Subban, Lapierre, Halak, Maxwell, O'Byrne, and Price were all wearing bleu et blanc et rouge on draft day.
And that got me to thinking about the Calgary Flames. Upon doing some research, I quickly wished I'd never undertaken that train of thought.
May 06 2010 10:26AM
The onus to produce and win in the playoffs is immense. Produce and a player will be revered amongst fans and media, but if a player can’t produce in the “real” season he will be chastised mercilessly.