In Defense of Daymond Langkow

Kent Wilson
March 09 2010 11:14AM

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The Flames second most expensive forward has been something of a hot issue around here recently. The Nation's own Pat Steinberg was challenged by RO of M&G for denigrating Lanks on-air recently. Domebeers got in on the arguement as well, pillorying Langkow for his poor production this season.

It's not an unfair point. It's easy to see why Langkow has suddenly become a controversial figure. Over the last few weeks, the Flames have added some $12.9M in forwards (Hagman, Bourque, Stajan, Kotalik) crowding the roster and making future decisions about value and contract retention that much more salient. At 33 years old with a stats line of 12g-21a-32pts, there has rightly been some scrutiny directed his way.

This is my contribution to the debate. It's an explication of RO's continued defense of the guy and the reason he (and I) think Langkow remains probably the best center on the team.

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A Closer Look at The Flames Sched.

Kent Wilson
March 08 2010 10:49AM

With the Flames posting back-to-back wins for the first time in recent memory last week, their chances of securing a playoff spot increased to about 35% after bottoming out at around 20% after the 4-0 loss to the Wild. The source of the link, Sports Club Stats, determines playoff probabilities by weighting a number of factors and then simulating the season 25 million times. The most recent round of simulations have the Flames making the playoffs 35% of the time.

That's not terribly comforting. To break the hypothetical 93 point post-season barrier, the Flames will have to go 9-6-2 or better in their final 17 games (.588 WIN%). That doesn't seem overly unrealistic...until you glance at the club's remaining opponents:

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Toskala Era starts with a "W"

Jean Lefebvre
March 07 2010 03:29PM

Brent Sutter's netminder choice on Sunday afternoon shed some light on Darryl Sutter's trade-deadline activity earlier this week.

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GDFD No. 65: A tough draw

Ryan Lambert
March 07 2010 12:44PM

Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 65th game of the season on March 7, 2010.

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Staios era starts with a "W"

Jean Lefebvre
March 05 2010 09:30PM

The Flames didn't do so hot against Jacques Lemaire's old squad earlier this week, but they took care of business against his current club on Friday night at the Saddledome.

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