Maybe a coaching change can’t help this team after all. It’s not a full ‘rebuild’ so any talk about ‘look at the positives coming out of this’ is a moot point–there’s not time to ‘look at the positives’.
After a lengthy lockout that ended with the start of a shortened season, the Calgary Flames opened the 2012-2013 season at home versus the San Jose Sharks. Whether you’re boycotting the game (or the entire season as many have), or you’re crawling back to NHL hockey, there was a certain level of excitement in the air this weekend in Cowtown.
Most NHL pundits have pitted Calgary to finished somewhere near the bottom of the league. Lack of talent, lack of grit, lack of pretty much everything–nobody has the Flames even close to entering the playoff picture.
On paper the opening season lineup looks like a bottom basement dweller team. The likes of career 4th line plugger Steve Begin factored in as the starting 4th line center somehow. Admittedly, he did put up OK faceoff stats, and his penalty killing was good, but apart from that you have to wonder why? Lack of talent is apparent especially given the Flames are missing two key pieces from their off-season acquisitions–Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler. Both play center, an empty space for the Flames currently.
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Well the Flames ended the season with two wins, but overall it’s one of the worst in recent memory. Calgary chalked up a measly 90 points good for 10th (or 9th) in the Western Conference.
There were a few bright spots throughout the year, we’ll cover that in a post-season article. For the most part it was biter disappointment that should lead to some of the most turnover in the lineup during the off season in some time.
This afternoon’s tilt was boring for all the normal reasons. Two teams playing for no purpose, afternoon game, everyone looking for a quick exit.
Akim Aliu obviously had different ideas.
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Just two thoughts after yet another loss from the Flames.
1. I didn’t think Karlsson was that bad. Despite the horrid commentary on him he was decent. The only issue was, Leland Irving is decent too. I was hoping Karlsson would steal the game and prove his worth, but I’m slowly coming out of his camp.
2. What a disgusting display of play by play and color commentary from CBC. Mark Kelly is garbage, but both he and the color man have a love affair with Vancouver. If you love Luongo so much just marry the dude! It’s times like this I’m happy that the Conservative government wants to pull CBC funding. Just plain pathetic coverage through and through.
Oh yea, Flames suck too.
Back and forth they went with the Flames finally hanging on for the win with PP goals, weak goals against, and everything in between. 5 games left, 3 points out, chances are slim. Do you still have hope? I’m off the wagon…. Heck, i had free tickets to go to the game and turned them down.
Even at their best the Flames can’t compete. They threw everything they had at Dallas and fell short. That should be indicative to management that when everyone is playing at their ‘best’ this team is and 11th place team. Changes? Never. So long as Flames fans continue buying tickets to watch this team and the owners make money, there’s no huge changes coming down the pipe. Next year we may have a new face or two, but largely status quo. Hooray. < -- Sarcasm.
Flames should be embarrassed. Stay on the road boys, nobody wants you back here.
Seems Sutter gave up too. We know the top players are dragging their feet (less Kipper, who I blame whole heartedly for no rebuild because of his stellar play). Sutter played the 3-4th lines in the shootouts, wow.
But who cares. This season is done. Go outside and ride your bike. Get away from the lousy Flames and pre yourself for the Stamps. Way to fold the tent even before the season was done.
When it matters most the Flames folded the tent. From top to bottom, at crunch time, the tema can’t compete. Blame Miikka Kiprusoff for putting the Flames in the current position. He plays so well that the team looks better than they really are.
Sure, we can blame injuries, and let’s face it, that’s a huge reason why this team can’t compete. But it’s plain and simple, if nobody scores you don’t win. When you don’t beat the worst teams in the NHL you don’t win. Simple hockey.
Flames’ only hope is to run the tables now, and we know that won’t happen. Better luck next year fans…. SHould be a better season IMO. Things look bright.
For some reason this season was one where Calgary COULDN”T beat teams at the bottom of the standings if their lives depended on it. Tonight it did and they put in a weak effort. Losing to Edmonton, one of the worst in the NHL, that hurt. What hurt more was the effort. Completely lacking in the third period. Tonight, against an EVEN WORSE team they put in the same effort, couldn’t score, and lost a MUST WIN game.
I said the Flames can only lose 2 more and make the post season. In reality, it’s over, you can’t beat Edmonton and Columbus back to back?!?!?! Try again next year Shames.
The Flames can ill afford to drop points against ‘NHL’ hockey clubs like the sad Edmonton Oilers. The Flames have to play better than .700 (3 losses) in the remaining eleven games if they have any hope on making the playoffs…..what they can’t do it drop the games against sub.500 teams. Expect major changes to the lineup after this loss. FRom netminder (no more Leland Irving please, he’s subpar) to forward ranks, the Flames will get a much needed shake up and hopefully some help in the secondary scoring category.
A MUST win against another junky team Sunday vs. the Blue Jackets. Better make it two points boys or…. well, no point beating a dead horse.
The race continues to the post-season as the Flames are making the most of their chances and particular individual Flames are taking their chances while they have them as well. After a come from behind victory last night against Vancouver, putting them at 81 points, the Coyotes looked to distance themselves from the Flames with a victory. Those hopes were dashed seconds into the game as Calgary jumped to an early lead thanks to–you guessed it–the storybook call up Sven Baertschi jumped on a loose puck to put the home team up by one. They never looked back after that goal.
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