• John Chambers

    Well that’s a letdown that the Avs matched. I got real excited for a few hours. I do believe the Flames have put the Avs in serious salary disorder come the end of next season. Not even close to as good as having a great centre in Flames colours next week, but it’s something.

  • Danger

    On the plus side, at least the Avs are now stuck paying what they refused to pay for a player who probably does not want to play for them, and they can’t trade him, and he may be a free agent in just two years. With any luck, he’ll remember who helped him get paid this time.

  • Subversive

    Nice that they did it. Kind of lame that they made it so easy to match. If you’re going to do this, I think you need to make an offer that you don’t think Colorado will match. 2 years is easy to match.

    Another Brad Richards “we tried really hard” smoke screen?

  • Subversive

    @FireOnIce:

    You’re right, but that cheap owner is going to have to pay O’Reilly 6.8 mill and pay Duchene and Landeskog and Stastny (who’s gotta be trade bait right now)…

    • RexLibris

      Good point, now perhaps Feaster can come to Sherman with a trade proposal for Stastny.

      With Colorado likely to be moving to a new division/conference next season, there shouldn’t be as much reticence to trade to a northwest division partner.

      Good for Feaster to have made the offer, but it will be better for the Flames in the long run to retain the picks.

  • SydScout

    Is this the straw that breaks the (very large Feasting) camels back? Now we missed that gilt edged opportunity to fix the centre and give Iggy a red hot go (ahem) at the Cup, trading he and Kipper for picks in a deep draft can now only be the most sensible option

  • MC Hockey

    A completely stupid move by the Flames. It reeks of desperation on the part of the team and only serves to piss off every other GM in the league except in Phili. Unbelievable!!! The Flames ship is taking on water damned fast.

  • RKD

    Just heard Feaster during the first intermission, he first tried to acquire ROR via a trade but Colorado’s asking price was so steep it apparently would have jeopardized the Flames future.

    My guess is Colorado was looking for a first round pick, and then some combo of at least two with Baertschi, Backlund, Irving, Taylor, Brodie etc.

    Are we shocked Colorado matched, no. LaCroix matched the offer sheet Joe Sakic signed with NYR back in 1999. Why would they let ROR go for nothing and especially to division rival. BTW offer sheets aren’t necessarily the way to rebuild your team, keep developing your prospects and improve your scouting.

    Yes, Ottwawa got Kyle Turris in a trade but really it’s guys like Zibanejad and Silfverberg stepping up.

  • SmellOfVictory

    Everyone’s giving jay props for being so aggressive yet he’s still signed no one significant! Barf! Up 3-0 and a loss! EVERY GAME MATTERS my A$$!

  • McRib

    Brutal game, lets just get a lottery pick already!!! We can’t win this game we can’t win anything!!! Best thing that could have happened to us was the Avs matching that offer sheet, time to rebuild!! Stop kidding yourselves. What a horrid effort tonight!! Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Thats the closest the Flames are getting to the Playoffs this season. Now time to go play Vancouver and get hammered again.

  • McRib

    I hope the last 6 hours was enough to convince everyone including management that the flames will have to do some tearing down before building up. This team cannot compete and we still tried to mortgage a Jones/Mckinnon/Drouin for a 22 year old with one season of over 50 points but under 20 goals.

    • McRib

      I was a firm believer that we could just retool before the season started, but after the last 15+ games I no longer think so. Today hopefully taught the Flames how hard it is to get good young talent these days. Colorado showed us tonight that we just cannot complete with the young talent that is all over the league. We were outworked, outmatched, out skilled and out played tonight period!!

      Everyone keeps saying the Flames deserve better results so far this season, but at the end of the day the one common denominator is good teams get bounces, old no effort teams do not.

      Trade Iggy while his value is up please!!

    • McRib

      The Flames have been kicking us in the nuts for three/four years!! Time to lower expectations at least it is bearable, the hope of maybe making the players every year is killing me.

  • Chris Fairfield

    I don’t know how to understand this crap anymore. Two good pieces of news, offer sheet O’Reilly, a chance to immediately address their center ice woes and what happens, offer sheet matched, Calgary blows a lead and slip into complacency and inconsistency, yet again, nothing to show after starting the game like they actually gave a sh@#t. It was from being on a high to an extreme low.

  • McRib

    For those saying we woild have f%{* up the draft without the pics, i point you to a) the calgary flames 1st round draft record and 2) the fact that we are missing our 2 nd aNd are likely to trade down again and grab really shitty picks. Welcome to being. FlAmes fan

  • Chris Fairfield

    Why did colorado suddenly give a crap after ROR turned down 2 offers and said that he did not want to play in colorado anymore? I know, I know, I should have anticipated that a clusterf*&k like this might happen. Yeah, we still get a first round pick, proven in juniors, unproven at the pro level, nothing that helps now. Where does Feaster go from here? I think that I would rather take the pain of being kicked in the nuts, then watching this train wreck that never seems to end, but yet, you still watch.

  • Chris Fairfield

    On a side note, any new updates on Kipper? Avangard Omsk in tied 2-2 in their series with Sibir, no Ramo yet. MacDonald looked terrible tonight, but the effort train crashed through the forwards, then the defense, then ended up going through MacBackup. Let’s get a big lead and then sit back. What was Calgary’s final shot total, 23? and 5 in the last 9 minutes, trailing by 1 and two late powerplays??? Consistently Inconsistent is the new motto. Every game matters, yeah right!!

    • Stockley

      We can all hope someone higher on the totem pole than Feaster realizes this team is going nowhere and gives him the green light to start an accelerated rebuild. We have some decent prospects (emphasis on decent, not much in the way of superstars). Ship out some of these complacent veterans and hope a culture change helps. Bring in some bodies that actually care. For there to be such a consistent lack of effort from a core of players that for the most part has been the same forever leaves a bad taste in my mouth. There is no sense of pride or urgency anymore.

  • Chris Fairfield

    Every game where you think that they are turning a corner (just like the phoenix game in Calgary), they lay an egg and revert back to their old ways and old methodology, “We just need to score 1 just 1 and let’s lean on Kipper.” “No Kipper to lean on, so now what do we do?” Let’s try to score more goals and not play a sound, tough, defensive game.” Bob Hartley’s quote on CalgaryFlames.com post game sounds like even he has had enough and has run out of possible answers or solutions, he is merely a puppet. “I’ve watched many games from last year. It seems to be the same song. Defensively our reads and our forechecking game, we just stopped playing. It’s plain and simple.”

    What changes will be made now is anybody’s guess, it’s literally a crap shoot.