Post-Game: Killed The Bs

The Calgary Flames are a team with a very specific set of skills.

If they get down a few goals, no matter what the deficit, they have confidence that they can come back late in games. In some cases, that confidence may seem misplaced. But heading into tonight, the Flames had a 9-16-1 record when trailing after 40 minutes. They entered the third trailing Boston by a 3-1 margin.

In other words, they had them right where they wanted them.

The Flames won tonight in their 10th third period comeback of the 2014-15 season, 4-3 in overtime.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period began promisingly, with an early-period Bruins penalty, as Chris Kelly went off for hooking. However, the Flames just couldn’t get a good zone entry or maintain possession. T.J. Brodie whiffed on an attempt in the neutral zone at something – a pass or a dump-in – allowing Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron to steal the puck and go in on Karri Ramo. Marchand scored, short-handed, to make it 1-0 for the visitors. The Bruins struck again mid-way through the period, hemming the Flames top line into their own zone and cycling the puck around. After a few moments watching the Bruins dish it around, Zdeno Chara put it past a bewildered Karri Ramo to make it 2-0. Shots were 9-8 Boston in the first.

The Bruins scored within the first minute of the second period. It was a goal off the rush by Torey Krug, with the Flames defense collapsing down and Krug back-handing it from the slot. Can’t really fault Ramo on it, but his night was over after 3 goals on 11 shots. Jonas HIller came in.  About six minutes later, after a few nice saves by Hiller got the crowd back into it, David Jones waltzed in front of the Bruins net and put one past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-1. Johnny Gaudreau’s perfect streak of games without a penalty minute ended rather abruptly, with four minutes left in the second he took a double-minor for clipping David Pastrnak with his stick and drawing blood. The Flames killed all but a second of Gaudreau’s infraction before the period ended. Shots in the second were 9-8 Boston.

Calgary finally got going in the third period. Riding the momentum of the kill, they got some extended zone time and converted, with Sean Monahan finding Jiri Hudler wide open with a nice pass, which Hudler shelved past Rask. The Flames continued to press, and finally broke through on a late-period power-play, with a Mark Giordano point shot through traffic getting redirected at the side of the net by – guess who – Hudler, to tie the game and send things to overtime. Shots were 10-7 Calgary in the final period of regulation.

The Bruins pressed hard in overtime, and the majority of the bonus period was spent in Calgary’s end. However, the Flames pushed on and, somehow, T.J. Brodie’s shot fluttered towards the net, bouncing off the top of the net, off Rask’s back…and into the net, giving Calgary a 4-3 overtime win with just over two seconds remaining in overtime. The Bruins out-shot Calgary 3-2 in OT, but the Flames out-scored ’em and skated away the victors.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Boston was much more effective at dictating the pace through two periods, but the Flames gained some momentum with the kill on the Gaudreau double-minor (he was temporarily demoted to the fourth line afterwards). They shuffled the lines a bit, moving Paul Byron up to the top line for a spell, and the change in chemistry resulted in a spark that led to the comeback.

The team was also much more effective at gaining and holding the zone as the game wore on, especially in the third, which allowed them extended looks and better chances.

But I’m still not entirely sure how Brodie’s shot went in for the game-winner.

RED WARRIOR

Mark Giordano had three assists, played 27:52 (second on the team behind Dennis Wideman) and was super-clutch late in the game, particularly in terms of holding the puck in the offensive zone and helping tire the Bruins defenders out.

Honourable mentions go to Jiri Hudler, with a pair of goals, and Jonas Hiller, who made 16 saves in relief for the victory.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:07 Colborne 5 7 23 24 31 32 11 20 40 47 61 86 5v5
Home 1 15:51 Bouma 4 6 11 17 19 31 17 18 40 43 44 46 5v5
Away 1 13:13 Marchand goal 6 7 11 19 21 31 33 37 40 63 86 5v4
Away 1 12:38 Krug 4 6 13 23 24 31 17 18 40 46 47 86 5v5
Home 1 7:20 Colborne tip 8 18 29 31 32 33 11 20 40 47 61 86 5v5
Home 1 7:09 Colborne 8 18 29 31 32 33 11 20 40 47 61 86 5v5
Home 1 5:53 Hudler tip 4 6 13 23 24 31 17 18 27 33 40 46 5v5
Home 1 5:51 Monahan 4 6 13 23 24 31 17 18 27 33 40 46 5v5
Home 1 5:50 Russell 4 6 13 23 24 31 17 18 27 33 40 46 5v5
Away 1 4:38 Pastrnak 20 21 29 31 33 86 23 34 40 47 86 88 5v5
Away 1 3:06 Krejci 4 6 13 23 24 31 17 18 27 33 40 46 5v5
Home 1 2:19 Raymond 20 21 29 31 33 86 18 23 33 34 40 44 5v5
Home 1 0:16 Gaudreau tip 4 6 13 23 24 31 17 23 40 44 46 86 5v5
Away 2 19:33 Bergeron 5 7 11 17 19 31 21 37 40 47 63 86 5v5
Away 2 19:12 Krug goal 4 6 11 13 24 31 17 18 33 40 46 47 5v5
Away 2 14:14 Paille 1 5 7 20 21 86 11 20 40 47 61 86 5v5
Home 2 13:10 Jones goal 1 4 6 11 13 19 21 27 33 37 40 63 5v5
Home 2 10:45 Giordano 1 5 7 8 18 32 11 20 33 40 44 61 5v5
Home 2 7:24 Backlund 1 5 7 11 17 37 40 47 63 86 4v4
Home 2 7:10 Backlund 1 5 7 11 32 17 40 46 47 86 4v4
Home 2 3:16 Byron 1 4 6 32 86 17 18 33 40 47 63 4v5
Home 2 0:37 Wideman 1 4 6 32 86 17 37 40 46 47 63 4v5
Away 3 19:53 Bergeron 1 5 7 11 13 19 21 37 40 44 47 63 5v5
Away 3 19:11 Hamilton 1 4 6 17 23 24 17 18 27 33 40 46 5v5
Home 3 16:40 Hudler goal 1 5 7 23 24 32 21 37 40 43 44 63 5v5
Home 3 15:04 Brodie 1 5 7 18 20 21 23 34 40 44 47 88 5v5
Away 3 14:38 Ericsson 1 4 6 8 13 18 21 27 33 37 40 63 5v5
Away 3 14:24 Ericsson 1 4 6 8 13 18 21 27 33 37 40 63 5v5
Home 3 12:21 Raymond tip 1 13 18 21 29 33 34 40 44 47 63 88 5v5
Home 3 12:08 Backlund 1 5 7 11 17 19 21 37 40 44 47 63 5v5
Home 3 6:38 Bouma 1 5 7 17 23 24 17 18 40 44 46 47 5v5
Home 3 5:10 Hudler goal 1 5 13 23 24 33 27 33 37 40 63 5v4
Away 3 2:57 Krejci 1 4 6 11 17 19 17 21 27 33 40 46 5v5
Home 3 0:19 Wideman 1 4 6 11 17 19 11 33 34 40 44 46 5v5
Away 4 3:42 Krejci 1 4 6 13 24 17 40 46 47 88 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   10 7   1 0   2 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 24:49 7 8 01:07 0 0 01:20 2 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 24:27 8 3 00:45 1 0 02:40 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 26:30 7 8 01:39 0 1 01:36 2 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:26 8 3 00:17 0 1 02:24 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 09:07 3 2 00:15 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 18:14 6 4 00:53 0 1 00:43 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:03 6 7 01:01 1 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 16:22 5 3 00:00 0 0 02:16 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 10:03 5 2 00:00 0 0 01:31 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 15:25 4 3 00:53 0 1 00:01 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 13:44 2 2 00:15 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 15:33 3 2 00:53 0 1 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:54 7 3 01:01 1 0 00:25 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:45 7 5 01:01 1 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 08:53 4 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   9 5   0 1   0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:08 6 0 00:00 0 0 01:24 2 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 09:33 4 1 00:30 1 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 15:12 1 2 00:15 0 0 01:40 2 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 4 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
3 7 5 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames now sit firmly with a 32-22-3 record, and have just three fewer wins through 57 games than they had all season. They’re off tomorrow as they prepare for a game with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Hey Patrice Bergeron, I’m real happy for you, and I’ma let you finish, but Mark Giordano had three points tonight. THREE POINTS! He deserves that game star.

    • T&A4Flames

      I think the sample size is large enough…and that shows the Flames are not regressing!

      95 points gets us in? Brent Sutter’s Flames had 94 points one year and finished 3 points behind 8th.

    • mattyc

      From twitter (looks like probably before the comeback).

      i, rl @twolinepass · 12 hours ago
      shocked that a mediocre boston team is tuning up the hard-workin and actually good flames.

      • piscera.infada

        Funny thing is, the “tuning up” was only to the tune of 3 more corsi events at evens, and only 2 more in all situations by the end of the game. Thought I’d try to illustrate the point that Calgary didn’t get “tuned up” with Lambert-proof logic.

        The way I saw the game was a few uncharacteristically bad turnovers on the first two goals that a team like Boston typically makes you pay for, and then a bad goal allowed by Ramo. I would say that game was pretty even, if not slightly in the Flames favour after their horrible first 10 or so minutes.

        • BurningSensation

          That was my read as well. The Flames weren’t getting worked at any point in this one, not like the LA game at all where the 5-3 score actually flattered them.

    • SmellOfVictory

      This site was built on objective analysis of the team. So yes, the fact that the Flames are getting better results than are warranted based on how they’re playing is going to come up occasionally. If you just want to read a bunch of cheerleading, CalgaryPuck is a great resource.

          • Lambert’s analysis AND interpretation are very consistent with Kent’s and Pike’s–which local trolls and homers only seem to take minor exception with. The main difference in Lambert’s articles is, and always has been, tone.

          • everton fc

            Very well then. I guess all three think they’re hockey’s version of Prem Watsa.

            It’s one thing to bleat about “luck”. But it’s another to say that it’s going to run out on Feb 16, 2015 against the Boston Bruins, which is essentially what Lambert does – “TOMORROW THEY WILL START TO SUCK!”. Yeah well no one at FN knows when the hell the luck’s gonna run out.

            I’m just enjoying the run. I wouldn’t surprise me one bit if next year the team shart the bed agin.

          • piscera.infada

            Seriously, I have to strongly disagree about comparing Kent’s & even Pikes articles to Lamberts. They are no where close. At no time do they advocate a GM & coach to make decisions to lose based on a presumption the team does not have the talent to compete for the Cup. Neither would never call anyone out for opinions that differ with themselves. They make educated observations based on the stats & make leading observations based on they think those stats mean. Lambert berates the management & the fans & if you don’t believe me just go read his piece on Oilers Nation. If taking offence to that article on a hated rivals site is nothing about a Homers view, then you are not a real Flames fan. If I were Kent & Ryan I would ban you indefinitely for even trying to paint & equate their postings & articles to Lambert’s. The only thing they all have in common is that they talk about analytics but that’s about as far as it goes.

          • RedMan

            word.

            it was the piece on oilers nation where he called us all idiots that finally got me off the fence regarding Lambert. And the condescending tone of most of his stuff.

      • RedMan

        if by “…is going to come up occasionally” you mean 95% of the articles, well, you’re bang on!

        by the way, your saying this sight was created as a forum for advanced stats? or do you mean analysis in general? because, as many are noting, “occasionally” is all the time, and means that the team will be branded over and over again ad nauseam as ‘lucky’ and ‘awful’, and flames fans will be called stupid by Lambert, based on one STAT (CORSI, a stat that is obviously not as great a as everyone originally thought.

        there is no need to get on a high horse about people being critical of the silly stats worship that has lots of charts but always ends with the conclusion of “lucky”. I mean, telling people to leave because they have a different opinion? not necessary.

      • Rockmorton65

        Fair enough, but there does need to be balance. It would be nice to read an article that takes all factors into account. Something along the lines of, “the Flames continue to defy all advanced stats that say their record is unsustainable by out working their opponents on an almost nightly basis which seems to lead to an unusual number of lucky bounces. Here’s the stats side and here’s the rah-rah side of the argument”. Instead we get Lambert’s “the Flames aren’t very good-it’s unsustainable-they actually suck-it’s all going to come crashing down-there’s no point in cheering for this team-only fools would actuallycheer for this kind of team-just blow it up and start over, and this time do it right” drivel n every single article. It gets old.

      • T&A4Flames

        In what world is objective analysis represented by commentary like “this team should be in the McDavid sweepstakess, but yet they keep fluking into wins”.

        An analyst will analyze all available data and look to correlate it with the observations. And is willing to accept and investigate where the available data is flawed.

        A troll will find convenient data and opportunistically flaunt it when convenient, and then chalk up inconvenient data (like PDO) to luck.

        Which one is Ryan Lambert?

  • Maybe Hartley should lie to the team and convince them the first period is the third.

    After the very weak start, I thought the game was pretty even. Shots were tied 27/27, Calgary was just over even in the face-off dot (34/33) and even outhit the big bad B’s 16-12.

    I remember a few years ago, the Bruins manhandled us in Boston. The score was something like 9-2 and we were totally pushed around.

    Monahan had two assists. He and Hudler have great chemistry but Johnny looks like off the hockey is catching up with him.

    Really like the Backlund, Jones, Bouma line. Shut down plus offence. Rask had to make a good save on Bouma’s dangle in the third. He seems to really be playing with confidence on this line. Another excellent job of development by Hartley.

    Still surprised they are not playing Wolf against the more physical teams. Ramo’s trade stock must be dropping faster than energy stocks have.

    500 hockey from here gives us 95 points usually the magic number for a trade spot.

    Finally, on the third try, we made it above 9 games over 500.

    GFG!!!!

  • Legend of Weevil

    What a comeback, a love this team so much. Who cares if it’s luck, they are a joy to watch.

    Also, please, please! Stop doing the bump back on the powerplay, or at least not twice in a row. So dangerous.

  • beloch

    The Flames and Bruins were pretty much evens in corsi and fenwick tonight (Flames CF% was 48.6% and FF% was 49.3. Either Ramo was unlucky (and a little bit bad) or the Bruins were lucky early on, but Hiller slammed the door and probably broke a few fingers. Then the blessed third period arrived.

    It’s a bit of a catch-22 for the Flames’ opponents. If you go into the third without a big lead you’re probably toast. If you get a lead in the first two periods, you’ll only make the Flames mad, and you wouldn’t like them when they’re mad!

  • Rough game for Johnny, but he still manages an assist.

    If the kid is feeling the burn of playing so many games, they should sit him out Tuesday vs. the Rangers. Give him an extended break (Flames play Friday in Anaheim so he would have 4 days off in between games and play Wednesday in Jersey – his hometown)

  • everton fc

    Ramo made 28 saves vs. the Canucks. He gave up no goals vs. the Pens and Kings, in the limited action he saw. One bad game doesn’t make his stock drop; he needs regular reps, which he won’t get here. But he’s a competent backup for a playoff run, though I like Ortio’s swagger inn the role much more.

    Wonder what we get for Ramo and Glencross in a package? Anyone notice Colborne’s minutes diminishing?? Nothing but 2 giveaways for him last evening.

    As for Wolf, perhaps he’s not healed? I haven’t seen him skate; can he skate at this level?

    • T&A4Flames

      2 of the 3 goals Ramo gave up lets put the blame on the right people; Brodie and Johnny for the turnovers(and his whole line for looking lost during the possession) the third one can be on Ramo.

      Colborne played well in the first period but was less of a factor later. His turn overs did not lead to goals against.

      Did Glencross play after he slammed the gate? Is he injured again?

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Darren Haynrs figures that the Flames will need 95 points for the playoffs this year. That’s 28 more points in 25 games left in the season.

    They’ve got a shot!

    • Graham

      ‘They’ve got a shot!’ kind of worries me come trade deadline. They should selling surplus assets like Glencross, but now the temptation to use assets to add rental players is building. Visions of Sutter saying that we are just one or two pieces away, and that we need to trade future picks and assets for help ‘now’.

      • piscera.infada

        Last time I’ll say this (at the risk of sounding like a broken record):

        How many times does Treliving have to say in a clear and up-front manner “we are not in the rental market”? He has stated over and over that this team is in year two of a rebuild and has no interest in selling off assets for players that only (“only” being the operative word) bring short-term gain. Honestly, I’m not sure how much more clarity the poor guy can give the situation. I get the trepidation, but I have a very, very, very hard time seeing Treliving lying to everyone’s face multiple times.

        He has said that if a deal comes along that makes sense and fills a long-term need (read, young defensive prospects, 24-27 year old top-4 defensemen, young ‘A’ offensive prospects, or picks in the top-3 rounds), they’ll pull the trigger.

        We can sit here and say “what has Treliving done?”, and that may be a fair critique (aside from a very nice Brodie extension). However, the one thing that really makes me a Treliving fan is his candour and openness when it comes to what the team is and how to make it better–he doesn’t simply spout platitudes about “playing the game the right way”, “needing to compete now”, et cetera.

        • Rockmorton65

          It surprises me when people say “what has Treliving done?” It seems that whenever a reasonable sized fish comes on the market Calgary is somehow connected to them. Media reports say they were in on Kane, Myers and Richards (presumably for the asset coming with him). This tells me a couple things;

          1) he’s active. With Calgary’s name continually popping up, you can tell he’s “in there” trying to add significant assets. But just because he hasn’t pulled the trigger just yet, tells me…

          2) he’s being smart about it. The fact that none of these deals have come to fruition tells me, simply, that BT wasn’t willing to pay the price. I really like the fact that we have a controlled GM, who won’t make a panic move (Sutter), or get bent over in trade negotiations (Feaster).

          Personally, I really like how BT has handled this team this far. I’m looking forward to seeing how his approach will undoubtedly benefit this team.

          • piscera.infada

            I couldn’t agree more. Trades (especially at the stage this team is at) are not things to rush into. Truth is, even before Kane, Myers, and Richards, Treliving was “in” on deals for Cam Ward (including the Canes’ first round pick, obviously) as well as a Mike Ribeiro (also including a first).

            The team’s ultimately said no, but it proves Treliving isn’t “giving away” cap space, and expects a great return for other team’s “problems”.

          • Greg

            Hopefully with the flattening cap for next season, some teams finally get in a position where saying no isn’t an option and they have to pay up to get out of cap-jail.

          • piscera.infada

            Agreed, but caution also needs to be exercised to the nth-degree when taking on problematic contracts–a few missteps and you could be setting yourself up for disaster. Also, veteran NHL GMs tend to be pretty good at weaselling their way out of cap-jail.

            Point still stands though, you try (as Treliving has). If the offer comes up roses, it’s money in the bank.

        • Big Ell

          I agree. I read on Twitter that Elliotte Friedman says BT is looking to move Glenncross, with Boston, Winnipeg and Pittsburgh as potential landing spots. If this comes to fruition it follows exactly what BT has been saying. With Winnipeg and Pittsburgh having the defensemen required.

          • Greg

            It won’t be to Winnipeg. BT knows it’s not about making the playoffs this year, but he also won’t give one of the teams we’re fighting a boost. Can you imagine the uproar if he traded glencross there and then we finished 9th right behind the jets? And all he got was a 2nd or 3rd rounder. Especially if GlenX factored into our last game against them?

            Unless it’s somehow a package that lands Myers or Trouba, it would make zero sense.

            Notwithstanding too that Glencross has a NTC. He wouldn’t waive that except to go to a team that is either a) gauranteeing an immediate contract extension or b) significantly higher than the flames. He likes it here, so why trade our playoff chances for Winnipeg’s unless there’s significant contract incentives involved.

      • Graham

        GM’s are like politician’s, they tend to say one thing and do another. Our GM is not in the rental market until he is… I don’t think he should be, but if ownership thinks they have a shot with an underdog team, the GM will do as he is told.

  • Graham

    great game. I would relish a flames nation piece (unless I missed it) that really took a stab at the flames’ third period dominance. am wondering if something like conditioning can be quantified.

    • RedMan

      maybe we need another long explanation with tons of charts and graphs that explains it all, but, as usual, concludes with “it must be luck”

      if nothing else, advanced stats have finally given us a way to quantify luck!! 😀

      PS – I am not at all apposed to stats – just enjoy piling on.

  • Big Ell

    I always thought “110%” was just a cheesy hockey cliche, then Lance Bouma and Josh Jooris entered my life. Holy crap do those guys just pour on the effort.

    Chalk up another super entertaining game (at least the last half). Love this team!

  • Graham

    Anyone else think Glencross might be the worst player we currently have on the team? He plays with no heart or urgency, looks lazier than Chris Stewart. I really hope we can offload him for anything, addition by subtraction at this point.

    • RedMan

      what i notice is he was angry and slashing guys, and actually got away with one or two that would have fallen well within the “selfish penalty” category.

      • RedMan

        Glencross had a bit of a duel going on with Seidenberg in the third and slashed him after getting dumped. If that is a penalty, then maybe the flames don’t come back.

        • RedMan

          exactly what I was thinking. and it isn’t that the guy maybe didn’t deserve the slash, but it almost always seems to be the guy that retaliates that gets called, not the guy with the initial offense.

  • Kybb79

    Glencross is still coming back from an injury. Remember Mason Raymond before the all-star break?

    I do think he could use a night off to just think about his game BUT he’s still an Alternate Captain for a reason, even over guys like Hudler and Stajan.

    Let his contract expire and use the extra spot to bring in Sven / Sam.

    I mean, if we get a 20-25yo righty defenseman in return, sure go for it. But if the return is just a draft pick, I don’t think it’s worth gambling the locker room solidarity mid-season.

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    Scoring Chances!

    Zone Entries!

    Coming Soon!

    So why was Johnny demoted? The high stick? Not throwing a big hit on Big Z when he had the chance in the 1st?

    • RedMan

      interesting night – there was a long period that saw the Gaudreau/Hudler/Monahan line stapled to the bench, while the Glencross/Byron/Colbourne line had only nine minutes of ice.

      Surprising that the Gaudreau line was able to get up to fifteen minutes of ice time based on how long they were benched.

    • piscera.infada

      Or you know, it could be because of the turnovers in the first half of the game. He had a mediocre to bad game, deal with it. The fact that he still produced an important assist shows that he’s a very good player. I wouldn’t read too much into it though, it happens to all players.

  • Greg

    Also, this team is just straight up pooping horseshoes out their butts in 3rd periods this year. And I’m loving it. Was literally laughing-out-loud watching another impossible comeback last night.

  • RedMan

    There is NO “Gaudreau-Gate” scandal – player needed to ride the pine and that (benching the complete top line)along with the goalie change seemed to be the recipe for the comeback. Good coaching.

    that being said, how BIG are the next two games against the Wild, who are killing it with the goalie savant poached for nothing from edmonton and the Ducks who, having a great year, seem to be strugling through a serious slump.

    • BurningSensation

      I have all the time in the world for ROR. He checks off all the boxes; size, skill, two-way ability, can play multiple positions, can play on variety of lines, etc.

      His contract $ aren’t an issue for the Flames, and he would be a wicked compliment to the youngsters coming on-line.

      Frankly, I don’t understand why Colorado would part with him.

      • RedMan

        RoR would be fine, but the really funny part is that they say Calgary will go after David Legwand, who is 34, if they don’t get RoR. I doubt the writer even knows where Calgary is.

      • piscera.infada

        Frankly, I don’t understand why Colorado would part with [O’Reilley].

        Likely because with his recent salary demands, and contract negotiation history, he’s likely looking to be paid somewhere close to an elite first-line centre (AAV around 7.5+ million/year). He’s not worth that. I’m sure someone will give him that, but the Flames won’t. Feaster might have… But this iteration of the Flames wont.

    • RickT

      Can’t ever have too many centres, most can be adapted to the wing (Granlund, Shore would probably make a good wing, Backlund played wing during the lockout…) – unless that player is Jokinen.

      A R.O.R, Backlund, anybody line would be awesome for possession.

      • piscera.infada

        O’Reilly makes a better winger than Backlund does.

        My problem with a hypothetical Ryan O’Reilly trade is Colorado almost certainly demands TJ Brodie in return. And Brodie is the most important single piece in the Flames’ entire organization.

  • Scoring_guru

    Great play by Brodie putting the puck on net so late in the game, but a smart play by Byron to smack the net to kick the puck off the top of the net (watch the replay) otherwise it might have stayed up there and we would have been going to overtime. Either way, this team is unreal.

  • everton fc

    The only players who may be traded:

    Glencross
    Ramo
    Perhaps Byron
    Perhaps Colborne

    But I doubt either Byron or Colborne are moved.

    We have no real needs. Nothing desperate. Engelland isn’t killing us at the #6 slot w/Diaz, though this is where the real need is.

    Why sell? We’d be better off looking at taking a salary dump. Kessel’s still the best out there fitting this description. You give up little to relieve their cap issues. That’s all. If the Leafs don’t like it, move on. Kessel’s been durable. Seldom misses games. Will score 25-30 goals or more until his contract runs out. If you get him scoring at 65-70 pts a year until he’s 30-31, not a bad return. Would he touch the line on Hartley’s line drills? He’d have to, or he’d sit. Is he as big a problem in the room as people think? Is he truly uncoachable, not a team player? I’d rather have him than Kane anyday.

    Just tossing his name out there again, as he’d be a piece for the future, as he’s only 27. Others exist, as well. Obviously. Kessel’s just the one that keeps popping into my mind, even though most here think it’s crazy.

    You give up Glencross and a prospect, and a pick. “Prospect” meaning Reinhart or Granlund. Nothing more. And maybe Reinhart, not Granlund. So countering that we can’t/won’t give up Backlund, Brodie, et al… I’m saying Glencross, Reinhart, a pick. Nothing more. Maybe Granlund gets it done over Reinhart. But Kessel’s worth a tire-kick, even with that salary. We have the space.

    What I don’t know is who needs to be signed long term while we have the space. Johnny G. Monahan. Poirier. Re-up Hudler. Gio. Backlund. Jooris. Bouma. Russell. All guys I’d try to lock in. Ditto Ortio. Raymond’s also playing well here. Finally.