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.
May 06 2010 09:34AM
The Flames have been out of it for about a month now and with no real news to speak of, many fans minds have begun to turn to the inevitable "what if's" that populate the time between now and the start of the new season. And, as usual, the club is facing a lot of uncertainty after a disappointing finish and no obvious or sure-fire cures for what ails them.
With all that in mind, I recently sent some questions out to Nation writers Two-Line Pass, Jean Lefebvre and Pat Steinberg to get a sense of where their speculation has led them thus far. Here are their responses.
1.) Before getting to specifics, what would you consider the Flames primary goal to be next season? Stay competitive, take a step forward or begin the re-build? Your answer will likely inform the rest of your decision making.