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Sharks 7, Flames 4 post-game embers: Same old, same old

And there went the last of the Flames’ leeway.

From hero to six goals against

Sometimes, bad goals will happen. It’s a thing. Even the best goalies in the world will be victimized by them. The Flames should have come out of the first period with a lead – they were the better team to start – but at the very least, they tied things up.

And then they took the lead.

Gave it up.

Took the lead again

Gave it up.

Fell behind.

Fell behind further 90 seconds later.

And pretty much were just done to start the third period.

The game prior was a goaltender’s duel between Mike Smith and Cam Talbot; this one was Martin Jones having a shaky start, the Flames not capitalizing on it, and then Smith just completely bottoming out. His team gave him offence and even looked like they had quite a bit going for them; he sucked the wind out of their sails.

Were all of the goals on Smith? No, absolutely not – but the first goal against should have never happened. The third was pretty bad. The fourth was a wide open rebound. The fifth was just atrocious, and it should have been David Rittich coming out to start the third period, though the sixth goal against was more a team-wide failure than on Smith alone.

There’s only so many times a team can score to come back in it only to fall behind mere minutes later. Three goals against in just under seven minutes that not only saw the precarious one-goal lead evaporate, but saw a multi-goal lead established – that did them in. For as much as the Flames may have tried, there was never going to be a happy ending for them once they faced a three-goal deficit. The 19 minutes with which to work wasted away easily, one successful early pull of the goalie aside.

They gave up. By the time they wanted to try again, they were facing a team better than them that knew how to just coast away.

The second half of the second period can’t happen.

This and that

Kris Versteeg is alive! He played 11:01 in his return to action, including 29 seconds on the powerplay. Curtis Lazar was the only Flame who played less than him. His shift lengths were about in tune with his linemates’ – Versteeg averaged 38 seconds a shift while Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway averaged 40 seconds – and his minutes went up as the game went along. He had a pretty blank stat line otherwise, but hopefully this was a good adjustment game for him.

Dougie Hamilton led the way with six shots on net; his 234 on the season is tied for second amongst defenders in the NHL and is far and away the best on the Flames; it’s absolutely mind boggling still that it took more than 50 games to get him on the top powerplay unit.

Speaking of the top powerplay unit, though… a 44-second 5-on-3 translated into absolutely nothing more than a display on perimeter passing. The Flames had the perfect chance to get the lead back and maybe even settle things down; instead, nothing. Their 17.5% powerplay is 24th in the NHL. They are fourth in the NHL in powerplay opportunities. What a complete waste.

The fourth line has been alright as of late. Nice goal from them. I dunno, but I guess it is a fair bit harder to get mad at them when everyone is failing so spectacularly.

So… playoffs?

Don’t be silly.

Although, say this for the Flames: if they had to lose any of these California games, it was probably best to lose to the Sharks. They’re further ahead than the Kings and Ducks, and are probably the least likely that the Flames will be able to catch. Not that they couldn’t have used those two points last night – they really, really need them to even attempt to keep pace – but of all the teams they’re chasing, the Sharks are too far ahead to be concerning.

That said, if that’s the kind of effort the Flames are going to put up against a superior opponent (re: non-lottery team) when they know their season is on the line, well, playoffs save face but what else would they really do for this group?

They had it, kind of like a seven-game winning streak. They lost it, kind of like a six-game losing streak. Welcome to the season.



    • kirby

      No, he was just himself. We’ve seen it all year long. One stand out game followed by 3 sloppy ones. I’m sick of the guy. Weak on his posts, lazy technique, trying to play the puck like he’s Marty Brodeur circa 1999, so fed up with how people always talk about him like our MVP this year. Cost us more games than he’s won. Way too often he just looks slow and clunky and old. I’m done with the guy, might as well let Rittich finish out the season. Smith hasn’t even been an upgrade over Brian Elliott who everyone couldn’t run out of town fast enough, yet Smith for some reason is treated like a star around here. I don’t get the medias love affair with him, i really don’t. He’s one step forward and two steps back, been seeing it consistently all year long.

        • kirby

          I said that right from the start. They were blindly playing him every night like he was Kipper in his prime. Since Nov/Dec i was wondering why he started every single game reagrdless of his performance in the last, even on b2b’s, etc. I said if we expected to count on him for a playoff run, then we can’t run him into the ground before the All Star break. But they obviously had no confidence in Lack, so why they didn’t let him go sooner and find someone they WERE confident in as a #2 (like they finally did with Rittich) was beyond me. They came into a season with a 36 year old goalie and a backup they didn’t want to ever let touch the ice. Made no sense to me.

          But regardless of his workload, he was just way overhyped from the start. I like his toughness and the fact that he battles, but he’s just overall a sloppy goaltender. It’s really that simple.

          Even how everyone praises his puck playing ability, for every few nice passes he makes there’s a completely boneheaded move that leads to desperation scramble drills and open net goals which completely negate every good pass he’d made before. Even last night to start the 3rd, 2 defensemen behind the net, 2 Sharks bearing down, and for some reason he still feels it necessary to go try and play it. Then nonchalantly meanders back into the crease and before he even has the chance to get set, boom, another goal that wouldn’t have happened had he just stayed in the damn net.

          I just can’t wrap my head around how he’s treated like a super star and Elliott was a bum who had no business in our net.

          The coaches handling of Smith has bothered me like you mentioned. They let him call his own shots, let him start whenever he wants to whether he deserves it or not. That’s where the coaches need to step in and say “sorry Mike, you aren’t giving us a chance to win right now. Take a seat and catch your breath”. Never happened.

  • Kzak

    When we gave up our draft picks for Hamonic, I wondered why we didn’t use them to get a top winger instead, since it seemed that was our biggest need. Hmm. I wonder if we could have had Kane for a third of what we gave up for Hamonic. We suffered through fifteen years or so of saying “when are we going to get a top centre for Iggy?”, and it never happened. We’re now three years in of saying “when are we going to get a top RW for any of our first and/or second lines?”. We can’t hit the net, we can’t score on the PP, and we can’t score clutch goals (Monahan aside), so either we trade a couple of our prospects (Fox, Dube, Phillips) etc for a couple big names and win now, or move out veterans for draft picks, grow those young prospects and aim for a 2-3 window. Right now, we are destined to be a 10th place team for the next couple of years (I will jump off a bridge if we draw a top-3 draft position) and that just isn’t acceptable.

    • TurkeyLips

      Hamonic is not being utilized well. He should be playing with Gio. TJ Brodie excels offensively and should synergize with Hamilton as a result.

      But no, GG has decided the players within our top two pairings are designed to compromise for, rather than complement, each other.

    • Juan Valdez

      Poirier was projecting to be that top line RW until Huska ruined him. If Kucherov was drafted by the Flames I’m inclined to think he would still be toiling in the minors as well.

      • The Beej

        Do you know anything about Poirier or his story? Guess not. If you knew anything you would know that Huska didnt ruin him… he has his issues he is battling with and according to the assistant coaches in stockton he refuses to play two way hockey.

        Think about what you just said about Huska. Its just blind conjecture with no factual basis in reality.

        Huska did great with Janko, Hathaway, Kulak, Andersson etc… but yet he ruined Poirier? How exactly did he ruin Poirier?

        You are just frustrated and need a scapegoat. Pathetic – no real thought or analysis. Perhaps Huska hasnt been given jack on the right wing to work with. Ever think of that? Cause every other position our high potential prospects are doing just fine under Huska.

        Keep your scapegoating to yourself and maybe put some actual logic or thought into what you post. Cmon just try it.

  • Glensfunnyface

    Glen needs to hit the unemployment line. So frustrated as a fan. The man is an arsehat. His decision making baffles me. He has NEVER been a winner and never will be. Send him packing so the players can get a head start on a new system for next year.

    • kirby

      I’m not completely sold on Gulutzan returning, especially seeing some of the names that might be available in the coaches market this offseason. But this season is not his fault. Some questionable thought processes here and there, sure, but when isn’t there? Even guys with rings on their fingers get questioned and fired, etc. But what i’ve seen for the most part is a guy trying anything to light fire under the team, a guy trying to get his players to understand the need for a sense of urgency, and the team just not getting it. Players have talked for weeks and weeks regurgitating the same old tired cliches about how important everything is down the stretch, yet their effort on the ice rarely ever reflects it. We can nitpick who we assume better D pairings would be, but when the guys on the ice show no sense of desperation, no sense of toughness and grit, no resilience, then it really doesn’t matter what Gulutzan does or doesn’t do. The TEAM just wasn’t getting the point. Gulutzan chewed them out once, threw a stick, and they woke up for a couple weeks…..then fell right back into complacency and laziness. I don’t know if there’s egos in the room that feel like they’re above being yelled at by a coach, but even star players on Championship teams aren’t immune to that. So i don’t know if it’s the message, the messenger, the recipients, or all of the above. But to just blindly pin this season on Gulutzan’s D pairing choices is just a weak cop-out. The TEAM has failed themselves from start to finish this year. The TEAM isn’t playing to their talent level. The TEAM shows no urgency or resilience.

      They didn’t check themselves, and they wrecked themselves. It’s really that simple.

      • Derzie

        Huh? You lost me on the GG comment. It’s pretty clear he is not the coach for this team. It has flaws on its own (every team does) but this coach has hamstrung this team.

        • kirby

          Trash it all you want. The players in the locker room have been just as much, if not MORE to blame than the guy standing behind the bench. When Hamonic’s guys are constantly getting to pucks in front of the net that they shouldn’t be able to get to, when Smith is making bonehead plays behind the net and playing with poor technique, when there’s no depth scoring going on, when there’s no hustle and no heart and no grit and no toughness……..then how is it just coaching to blame? I’m not saying everything he’s done is great. I’m saying there is obviously bigger things wrong with the team this year than lineup combinations. Just feels like a lame cop out to say it’s his fault. That’s letting the players off the hook for their own consistently lazy uninspired play and i don’t buy into that mode of thinking for one second.

          Can we upgrade the HC? Absolutely. Probably will too, looking at who could be available after the year is over. But if we’re not putting responsibility on the players and the team itself then we’re all missing the point here.

  • TurkeyLips

    Rumours and whispers of friction between Treliving and Gulutzan…
    Some of that player usage by GG comes across as nothing more than a middle finger act of defiance to his boss. Starting the fourth line after goals, not pulling Smith until far too late, generally stubborn bs behaviour. Tre must be sick of the antics ?.

  • Chiz

    As far as treliving goes… every gm hits home runs and every gm strikes out. As far as players go, I’m not going to point fingers at the gm. However, he was way too slow to hire a coach, and he’s been way too slow to fire one. That is my biggest bt complaint.

    • The GREAT WW

      You got that right Chiz…..

      GG needs to be gone AS SOON AS THE SEASON IS OVER…..so we can start the process of bringing in a winner immediately.

      A good coach will shake loose and we need to be first in line, not left to pick up the scraps like last time.

      WW

          • Kevin R

            That was exactly what I thought. Was debating that a few days ago how GG should get let go now & you basically can’t while we still have a chance. 3 more losses & we will be pretty well mathematically eliminated. Done, send him packing. Lets be first in line when at least 3 big name coaches shake loose. Any injured guys can sit out & get to healing & bring up kids. This has been one tough year to be a season ticket holder for these Flames games. I for one can’t wait for the season to end & focus on my playoff hockey pools.

        • The Beej

          If the right guy is there then a change allows a new system to be implemented right away rather than burn the next 20 games of next year. If the right guy is not there…. well i dont know… i think finding the right coach is most important than a quick change for the sake of change. Like the previous post, every GM strikes out sometimes… but Tre handles this now will really show if he is bringing his A game.

          For me I have never been a fan of changing the coach every year as players and goalies take time to adjust to a new system. Firing the coach every year didnt help in Edmonton and is just more evidence of management incompetence.

          Building a winner takes time. I have defended Gulutzan a lot and advocated patience.

          That said. 2 years is a pretty big piece of work to evaluate not just the coaching but the players. We have a good young core but if our goalie cant bail us out.. well… overall we look pretty midling results wise. We generate a lot of attempts and chances though so there is still a lot of potential.

          Changes are needed and will likely come. One thing I dont get is why Gulutzan wont make any changes. If you at your job arent getting results you would think over a period of 2 years you might try some different things, no.

          • BlueMoonNigel

            Building a winner takes time? I have advocated patience?

            Genius Georgie the Brandon Kid, Gentlemen Gerry and the Golden Knights have blunted and rusted those old saws forever, so let’s bury them once and for all.

    • Raffydog

      Unfortunately he has struck out way more then he hits. Other than Hamilton and Smith, I can’t think of any moves he’s made that have improved the team. Glass, Bartkowski, Lazar, Jokipaka, Shore, Stewart, to name but a few, all stupid moves. Even picking Bennett at fourth overall (highest draft position the team has ever had mind you) is a total bust. Hired the worst coach in the league, goes all in on Hamonic, who was at the time and still is one of the worst defenseman in the league. The list goes on and on. He’s got to be one of the worst gm’s in the league at the moment.

      • The Beej

        Not sure how you can fault him for picking Bennett when every GM in the league would have picked him at 4. Bennett is still really young so to write him off is just goofy. Glad you are not our GM.

        Also your post fails to mention some of his really great moved like Andersson and Kylington. But I guess thats what happens when bias forces you to only focus on the negative.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        Glass – tough guy, not brought in to play 82 games; usage see Gully
        Bart – expansion draft requirement; usage see Gully
        Lack – failure to use early on, but likely a bad choice; recommended by Gully?
        Jokkipaka – return on a trade along with picks; usage see Gully
        Lazar – the 2nd was too much; usage see Gully
        Stewart – waiver fodder, used to be a good player, failed project; usage see Gully (top line in game 1)
        Shore – as good a player overall as Stajan for less than $1m; usage see Gully
        Brodie – played well until the shift to LD; usage see Gully
        Hamonic – solid player, has to play with a mistake-prone Brodie; usage see Gully
        Bennett – played with crap player most of the last two years; ruined by Gully
        Brouwer – mistake based on a good playoff; usage see Gully…..

        The list goes on and on. Some of the draft choices in early years were suspect but we have essentially the same scouting group; Kanzig, MacDonald, Smith. Trading for Bollig. Hiring Gully and Cameron.

  • Off the wall

    I think the picture describes our season, down and out.

    Silver lining? I’m getting really busy with my workload. At least I won’t have to rush home to watch us lose anymore…

  • Jimmyhaggis

    GG, BT and Burke all have to be shown the door. I’m sure Burke had some say in the moves BT was contemplating and signed off on them. I don’t think management had a proper assessment of the talent they had. GG had to work with this bunch, 2 top lines and 2 4th. lines, you aren’t going far with this group.
    Goaltending is still an issue which has to be addressed, no way Smith can carry the load night in and night out, he’s not a kid anymore. Flames haven’t had a real solid goaltender since the Kipper. How many years has that been?
    Ownership should clean house and start fresh, time for tinkering is over, let the new GM assess the talent here and Stockton.

    • LannyMac

      I read all of your comments about which player is useless which coach needs to go. People stop this is the big picture. Again the Atlanta flames hired Cliff Fletcher. He took a a very subpar team similar to the one this year and progressively turned it into a champion. Since then the Calgary Flames have absolutely no f in ability to create a winning culture. If by chance I live another 30 years I could copy and paste this text and it will apply the only difference will to delete the 3 and insert a 6. Once more a mult billionaire insert d bag owner here has gone to the people of the city and asked for their money to build his mansion. Many people in the city live paycheque to paycheque just scraping enough money together for property taxes. Murray Edwards you continually put a garbage product on the ice that embarrasses the city and then you ask us to help you pay for your mansion. Your an a hole leave pls just leave and if you want take your team with you. I’m done enough is enough.

      • Kevin R

        The first part started ok about creating a winning culture. Tough to do & way easier arm chairing spewing it on line.
        You lost me on the building. I am not an advocate of Calgarians just writing a cheque but the building is a long term asset of the City & will generate revenue for years to come. The football stadium has been so ignored it’s nothing but a turd & only suitable for University & Bantam football. Now the thing that really irked me was when a couple of days ago I hear Provincial, Federal & the City “us” are giving the green light to spend $10 f**#ing Million dollars each to set up a committee to investigate if its viable to make a bid for the 2026 winter Olympics. Are you kidding me????? $30 million dollars paid by tax payers to just bid on a 10 day money pit stage show. But lets not throw a nickel at an asset for our City to gain a longterm asset, keep a professional sports franchise & breath oxygen to all the spin off small business that thrive downtown from such an attraction every year. Sometimes I just shake my head, the world truly is a twisted place with lots of twisted minds.

        • LannyMac

          Ok there are spin offs but tell me why the average person who can not afford to attend games or if they do cannot afford to pay a fortune for a meal in the area before the game. In other words the final third the flames are insisting and stamping and pouting about should come strictly from a users tax. Whether it be flames games, concert or what have you. Why is it the rich feel so entitled. Thx for calling me twisted for sharing my opinion I’m pretty sure you come across as an a hole at times in fact I would put my vote in right now.
          That ten day money pit made a lot of money in the hands of Calgary in. 88. Maybe if you did your research you would know that. I for one am interested in a mayor who is taking the time to find out whether this bid is financially feasible. Because if it is not I’m guessing he will tell the Flames to go to hell which is the correct way to approach this junk franchise. Finally your right it is not easy to build a winning team 30 other teams are attempting to do the same thing. I am sick and tired of people giving multi millionaires a pat on the back saying “it’s ok I know it’s tough”. BS get the job done stop failing constantly or get the hell out of town including the owners.

    • RonR

      There is no doubt in my mind – the goaltending is the number one issue. Smith was good up until about January but they overplayed him, and now obviously he does not have the ability to give consistent goaltending game after game. Yes, there is the occasionally tease – (Edmonton game) but bad performances before and after really deflate a very fragile team. Unfortunately the media in this town has a luv-affair with him, and he is always said to be the MVP. How many games does he have to blow before he has that title taken away? The team likes the older goalie and they are paying for it now. If it was me, Mr. Smith would have his place at the end of the bench, and they should go with Rittich and Gilles from here on in.

      • Bucky 1989

        Ron, agree rest him now and play some kids. My view is that Smith really made the Defense look far better than they were the first 25 games. The defence was so bad the first 25, we had to rely on him. I think if he had just played average the first 25 we would not even have had a shot. I agree I think they over played him. Again GG looks like he’s done.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    There is an inherent problem in hoping this season is a hiccup similar to what Winnipeg went through last year and subsequently stayed the course this year. It is dangerous to set up false expectations but even more dangerous to give the current coaching staff this out. GG’s only way to keep his job is to convince management that staying the course is the best approach.

    But staying the course is the absolute worst approach. The coaching staff has had 70 plus regular season games to try and sort things out and guess what….despite some really bad stretches, the top 2 lines have not changed. The 3 rd line has stayed he Same since Jagr has left. The 4 th line has been a mixed bag. Matty should have been taken off the 2nd line a long time ago. Most of Matty’s increase on production has come from his increased playing time and PP time not his linemates from last year.

    The top line has struggled for several months likely due to injuries but that is no excuse not to rotate other players into those spots while giving Ferland and Monny lesser roles. As a fan I have much more leniency in seeing our prospects make mistakes than our high priced vets. Kjillington can make the same mistakes that Brodie is making while getting vital NHL experience. TSpoon likely does not try a flip pass behind the net like Hamonic did yesterday, that resulted in a goal. Ras likely has a higher hockey IQ than anyone on the backend not named Gio.

    There should be very little issues with trading Brodie, since he is very unlikely to bury his old team with a heartbreaking goal or timely brilliant defensive play. Calgary continues to give up too many high danger chances which points to the porous defense. A new coach could help correct this but I doubt it could be fixed with this D core. Brodie and Stone out to make room for Ras and Fox. Brodie gets you a late first and Stone gets you a third. Pursue Hoffman or Kane to address scoring deficiency. There is nothing wrong with a healthy Monny and Ferland.

  • Off the wall

    Two more loses and we’re done.Our postseason hopes are at 10%. U-G-L-Y

    Sunday against Vegas will be dagger #1 and Wednesday at home against the Ducks will be dagger #2. Season finished by March 21st, just as spring arrives. At the hands of the most hated team in the league.

    Let’s see if Treliving has the calendar marked for GG. Get the word out Tre, we’re going shopping for a new coach.

    Oh btw, can you get us some scoring depth at the draft, you know since you’ll have lots of time on your hands..

  • Puckhead

    At this point I’m focusing my attention to the offseason to see how the organization responds.

    What management-level changes will be made, what will the new coaching staff look like, which players will return, which new players will be added, and will we recoup some draft picks.

    It could be a very interesting off season and how the organization responds will say a lot.

  • Puckhead

    Also, if you look where we sit in the standings this season has not been that disappointing and we’re finishing where most analysts had us slotted in at the beginning of the season. Edmonton, on the other hand, was ranked at or near the top. Now that’s a disappointing season ?.

    • LannyMac

      I just love people who hide behind the same line over and over again “well at least we’re not Edmonton” Really that a real hi standard to compare yourself. Wake up. Calgary flames are garbage who ever you compare them to

  • snotss

    “toast” ” done” what ever…what a horrible year and now we get to watch our 1st round pick which could end up being a lottery pick go to the isles..what else could go wrong…just a very disappointed fan..again..this team is hard to cheer for man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sven

    The hockey news –
    preseason assessment of team talent

    The six most talented teams in the NHL (in descending order) :
    Nashville
    Winnipeg
    Pittsburgh
    Washington
    Calgary
    Boston

    the least talented teams:

    Arizona
    New Jersey
    Philadelphia
    Detroit
    Vancouver

    and the least talented team….??

    Las Vegas

    ergo

    the coach of the year who is doing the most with the least
    in a cakewalk :
    Gerard Gallant

    the first coach to be released for doing the least with the most:
    Glen Gulutzan

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    With a loss to Vegas, my Line up against the Ducks has Glass, Lomberg, Prout, and sprinkle of Gadzik for some play time with Manson, Kesler, and Bieksa.

  • Bucky 1989

    Bring in the kids! They had to win last night…its over. Everybody do a reset because that is what we are all going to have to do. I’d like to see them bring up some of the kids and get them some action leading into the off season. This off season is going to be interesting to say the least. A few suggestions and hunches.

    1. Brodie gone.

    We have two good young prospects close to stepping up. He desperately needs to change locations and we should be able to get a winger back.

    2. Get rid of the slow dead wood; sorry but Stajen, Brouwer, Glass, Stewart, Bartkowski all should move on to bring in more of a youth ( passion please) group that will be a challenge but we need to go with more speed and youth. Rationale: The veterans could not sort out the problems in the room and on the ice… cut em loose. Buy out Brouwer.

    3. The Harmonic deal looks bad and it may cost Treliving his job if it ends up being a Top 5 pick. GG is on the ropes and management will need to determine whether he has lost the room. If he has, he’s done.

    4. Patience….. We need to be patient with Bennett, Ferland, Jankowski & Lazar. Expectations during the off season for these four need to be very clear. You all need to step up significantly based on where you are in the lineup. Accountability going up or playing time going down.

    5. Lastly, Identity: The management and leadership of this team needs to work on what type of game they are going to play and what the expectation of the system next year will be. I believe there defensive system needs to be addressed. This team should have played better D. They did not and in fact they were just bad regardless of pairings. We need more scoring up front and I think we need to change the dynamics in the dressing room somehow. This team is in need of an attitude adjustment with an injection of 2 more kids that “hate to lose” like Tkachuk and Smith.

    • Stockton's Finest

      The “kids” are deeply entrenched in their own playoff battle. Right now we are in 5th place, just a few percentage points from 3rd. Every point counts for the Heat. You cannot rob their playoff hopes just to get in some NHL games now. If anything, start sending a few down here (Hathaway, Glass, Lazar). Even if they are not on the playoff roster, they can help in these last 12 games to get them there.

  • Alberta Ice

    Great picture to start off article. Yep, things look awful. Let’s enjoy this spring runoff playoff type run to get in the playoffs. Got to win 8 out of 10. Let’s face it. Vegas and Colorado weren’t suppose to be where they are. Edmonton and Calgary were supposed to be where those two teams are. How do you spell disappointment? Flames and Oilers. It looks like a long off season ahead.

  • SgtRoadBlock

    Backland is Stajan 2.0 in 2 years not hard to see that coming…This Core need to be cut it half, starting with Jonny’ his Return in trade would fix two holes on the Roster…Or Keep him Like we did with Iggy primes years and fail 6 years finding him a Center… we got the 1st line Center now But no Rw…. MattyTkachuk the Real 1st Line Winger down the road,

  • Seattle_Flames

    Sure glad we don’t have that repugnant human bieng Evander Kane on our team… OR sure glad we have that stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of gun! Woooooo! Evander Kane on our team. I know which one I would choose. Shame on Evander for playing the Wild Rover. But hey, don’t worry kitties, Evander ain’t coming here in the offseason (even though he’s a perfect fit for what this team needs.) He’s already wasted too much time in Winterpig & Buffalo, & sadly cowtown is on par with them these days. Flames are doomed with docile souls like Hamilton, Brodie & Monahan. Meh, millenials, you need a good slap in the chops.

  • Vernon30

    Saw a story on Sportsnet saying the Hawks are playing for Q’s job. Not sure how accurate that is, but hope they’re dumb enough to let him go, and BT and co. are given the cash and leeway to get him. Although, he’d have to want to come here….

  • Honkydonk

    It took Winnipeg 7 years don’t forget.

    I however suggest blow it up. Keep Mony, Bennett, Johnny, Ferland and Jankowski and obviously Chucky . On D keep Hamilton and Brodie,Kulak and Hamonic. Because you need to hit cap floor.

    Trade everyone else Gio because of his age, Frolik, Backlund,Brouwer, Stone, Hathaway, and yes Smith because we go young!

    -Backlund and Frolik for Logan Brown and a first rounder 2019.
    – Gio for Kappanen and a first rounder 2019
    – Mike Smith for a first rounder 2018
    – Brouwer and half retained for a 2018 fourth rounder
    -Stone for 2019 third rounder

    Then go with

    Johnny/Mony/Chucky
    Ferland/Bennett/Kappanen
    Mangiapane/Jankowski/Foo
    Klimchuk/Lazar/Porier

    Brodie/Hamilton
    Kulak/Hamonic
    Kylington/Anderson with Witherspoon 7 D
    Rittich/Gillies

    Then after next season you trade Hamonic for a first rounder and move in Fox as a start and possibly Kulak to move up Kylinton and slot Witherspoon in 6 spot.

    Point is it’s time to do something major. Get rid of age and crap and at least get something for it