Game 45 – Flames vs Ducks Live Chat

A lot of folks in the MSM are confused by the Ducks fall from grace. They shouldn’t be.

"Every year, there’s a team that gets all the breaks…Two years ago it was the Colorado Avalanche, and last year it was Anaheim Ducks…Since this may sound like sour grapes, we’ll deomnstrate how the Ducks are like M&M’s – their candy coating is undeniably fantastic, but thin. They have no depth and were absolutely dominated ayt even strength…Despite their talented first line and exceptionally good fortune, the Ducks were and remain a bottom-third, non-playoff team."

That’s our own Rob Vollman from the most recent Hockey Prospectus annual. As mentioned by Pat in the FGD, Anaheim’s goaltending has fallen on hard times this season which is bad news for a team who gets so handily outshot.

Bob Murray has tried to firm up the bottom end a bit. He claimed Nik Hagman off waivers from Calgary and added Devils fourth liner Rod Pelley (incidentally, Hagman has a team best .537 corsi rate since Boudreau took over the Ducks). Jason Blake also returned from injury and Andrew Cogliano was added during the offseason. Those are exceedingly small band-aids for a very big wound, but the longest journey begins with a single step blah blah blah.

The reason to truly fear the Ducks, of course, is the big three – Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan. The ANA stars have suffered through some tough luck this season but they remain far and away the best players on the club and can completely outclass anything the Flames can currently put on the ice. Getzlaff and Perry are also in the black in terms of possession under BB, something they weren’t to start the season with Carlyle. It could be that Boudreau isn’t burying them quite as much, but whatever the case the Flames one and only path to victory tonight is suppressing the Ducks few big guns as much as possible. 

  • Captain Ron

    Cammalari is done in Montreal. Would this be an opportune time for the Flames to come knocking. Offer up Rene Bourque and Corey Sarich. Montreal needs to get bigger and gritier. Cammalari was a ood Flame in the day.

  • amaninvan

    Coming to Calgary with Cammy is goaltender Karri Ramo plus a fifth-round pick in the 2012. TSN says the Habs return is Bourque and Patrick Holland and a second-round pick in the 2013. If that is true, Im very happy.

  • Captain Ron

    Oilers fan here. When I posted the news hadn’t broke yet. Great trade for Calgary. I wish our GM would get off his ass and do something like this with Hemsky.Good for you guys.

  • Emir

    I like that trade. Im not too keen on giving up our second and getting back a fifth, but losing boque and getting cammi is good. Now can he play to expectation that comes with a 6 mil deal.

  • Corner Plumber

    Could also spell the end to Stajan as his absence is the only way to fit Cammy in under the cap, unless there are more trades to come before Stajan comes of the IR. Bourque was only a 3 mill cap hit vs Cammy’s 6 mill. Minus Stajan’s 3.5 mill and the math works

  • Corner Plumber

    I’m actually a little surprised at the terms of the deal in that it seems fairly even…though in time that could change. For me, the wildcard in this is Ramo who’s in the KHL as I understnad it. I can’t see him leaving to come be the starter in Abbotsford, so unless he’s expected to come and be an understudy to Kipper then I don’t know if this is a guy we’ll ever actually see.

    Time will tell. Saturday will be electrifying at the Dome with the return of Cammalleri in a Flames uniform and the return of Dutter behind the Kings bench. Lots of material for the media over the next couple of days.