Game No. 53: Steve Staios appreciation night

Wait that can’t be right.

So I’m goofing off at work today, as I am wont to do, and I check Twitter. I see a tweet from Vicki Hall, and assume it will be more information on the Bouma call-up, which I’d heard about earlier.

"Steve Staios draws in," it said.

My hope, my infinite and boundless wish, was that I had long misunderstood the term "draws in." I of course knew that it meant a defenseman being slotted into a forward position, but I was choosing to believe I had been wrong all these years.

Because there was no way in the fiery pits of Hell itself that Steve Staios getting shifts at forward could be considered a good idea at any level above Timbits. And I’m talking Steve Staios now. Mite B defenses would probably eat him alive.

On some level, it makes sense. I guess. If you do have to dress seven defensemen — and Calgary does what with Lance Bouma unable to make it to the game tonight — you probably want the six that are actually quasi-competent NHL-level players to do the actual defenseman-ing, so maybe you give Staios between three to five shifts up front in remarkably low-leverage situations, and only when Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque are tired of being double-shifted. Plus, when he inevitably turns the puck over twice a shift, there will probably be someone behind him to potentially clean up the mess (this, however, is not a given, as we well know).

But on the other hand, no. This is not a thing that should be allowed to take place. I don’t care that the Thrashers have won something like two of their last 13, or that Dustin Byfuglien has regressed toward the mean with a thud heavier than his one-timer or that their offense has been deader than Calgary’s farm system. The words "Steve Staios" and "forward" should never ever ever ever ever be in the same sentence without the words "over Brent Sutter’s dead body" right next to them.

So whaddaya think tonight? At least a minus-2, yeah?

It certainly has been a season.


  • coptin_

    geez if getting rid of dutter was all that was needed to change the atmosphere in the room and put the boys bak on the winning track and a possible play off spot just think where we would be had they got rid of him sooner,we might be chalenging the canucks for 1st place

  • everton fc

    This is a huge win. The game itself may not have been one for the scrapbook… but the fact they continue to win games they have to win – and on the road…. Again, huge.

    I’ve said this before – Morrison is someone we should consider re-signing. I mean it. He’s a class guy, on the ice, and in the dressing room. The latter is incredibly important. If we could hold onto Conny this long… we owe it to Morrison to re-sign him for another year.

    I mean it.

  • everton fc


    Yep, Definitely.

    We are the hottest team in the league right now. And on our way home…

    Hate to dream, but I’m a fan… Could this be another 2004? We were 32-23-5 at the end of February… If we go 6-2 the rest of this month…

  • icedawg_42

    I just looked at the standings and noticed that both Colorado and Minnesota each have 3 games in hand. This could be tight for playoff seedings right down to the final night of the season.

  • everton fc


    That’s the only downside right now. Games-in-hand. PErhaps our Achilles heel.

    Still, I am feeling like a kid. Like it’s some sort of run. A run to the playoffs. My kids feel it. It’s subtle, but it’s there.

    Listening to Brent now… post-game… he sounds a lot more upbeat. Well, maybe not upbeat – that’s not possible. Call it confident. Focused.

    Would it be amazing if a second Sutter took us… Getting ahead of myself, hey?!

    Go Flames! This fan’s behind you ’til the end.

  • TheGirlOutWest

    I’ve never been so depressed over a 5 game winning streak.

    @the-wolf February 02 2011

    Wow, the-wolf must be getting more and more depressed by the hour. Guess I shouldn’t comment on the absent, but as a fan, I can’t wait till Saturday and the Kings!

  • Vintage Flame

    It’s good to see the boys playing their game. It may not be a pretty game but at least when the going gets tough, they don’t fold like a cheap tent.

    They seem to be committed in just doing what they need to get the 2 pts. In my books, that’s good enough. i’d rather see an ugly win than watching them lose and mumbling, “But they looked good..”