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Iggy deserves a ring, and he's not going to get it with the Flames, at least in the foreseeable future, unfortunately

We will still love him even if he asks for a trade. I'm sure all the Bruins fans cheered when Ray Bourque got his.

He's done everything we could've asked for

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Has there been even one win this season that hasn't been directly linked to Kipper saving our arse? I don't think so! This win, like pretty much every win this season, was largely because of his CLUTCH goaltending. A worthy 1st star. He's playing unbelievable right now and it's about time the rest of the team started following his lead.

Byron was fantastic today as well! I was hoping that Butter would give him a shot on the 1st PP unit in place of Jackman. He was flying and was realy using his hands to great effect.

Backlund while he didn't get any points played a solid 2-way game I thought. He's been a stabilizing presence on the top line and it's only a matter of time before they catch on fire.

Still think there is a LONG way to go before this team can be considered playoff worthy but the positive glimmers are there, if only for the long run. If we could somehow get a faceoff specialist via a trade, I think that would be extremely helpful in improving our PK, Puck Possession and overall offense and defense.

Did you guys hear Hrudey during the 2nd intermission rage at the heartless Rene Bourque. He was so pissed.

Lol Hrudey: "Who in the world would trade for [Rene Bourque]. C'mon that's a joke."

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Kipper was amazing tonight

I thought Byron and Horak both looked good in the short icetime they got tonight

Now that Backlund is back finally Moss is back to where is most comfortable, on the 3rd line. Phew

If only we can get SOMETHING for Stajan :picard:

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Kipper was amazing tonight

I thought Byron and Horak both looked good in the short icetime they got tonight

Now that Backlund is back finally Moss is back to where is most comfortable, on the 3rd line. Phew

If only we can get SOMETHING for Stajan :picard:

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Moss was on the 4th with TKo and Jackman. And that line was crucial to the turn around last season. And tonight, that line was our most consistent line.

And yeah, Horak and Byron have really impressed! And I think Backlund has played very well as well. Brodie however has been caught making quite a few mistakes, especially when it comes to making tape to tape passes. Seems to get his passes intercepted more often. Him and Butler have been quite underwhelming in my eyes.

Still feel like the big empty void on this team is faceoffs. Is there any center available who is consistently above 55% on faceoffs? Even if it's a 4th liner, that would be a real boon!

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They both were. In my opinion, it wasn't BMo specifically who was key to sparking the top line but the fact that he solidified the top center position, brought some solid two-way play to complement Tangs and Iggy, and was able to keep up with them. Like the end of last season, I think Backlund has the ability to be that player this season for the Flames. He doesn't need to miraculously turn into a PPG Center. (though that would be fantastic!) He simply needs to be a solid two-way center and bring energy and complement Iggy and Tangs offensively. Winning Faceoffs consistently would be great and much needed as well.

I agree that Moss has become expendable. I don't know whether Calgary has a 2nd rounder though and if we do, I'm not all that keen on giving it up for a short term fix that will not bear any fruit in the long run. The ideal would have been acquiring Steckel but apparently it made more sense to give up a 5th for Pierre I have too many last names Leblond than a 4th for Steckel. Weird, considering that Faceoffs have been a problem since...ever?

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I forgot we even have Leblond laugh.gif

Fingers crossed here, but with the way Seguin's been playing, I think Krejci will be let go by the Bruins at the end of the year

With all the cap space that will be freed up after this year, HOPEFULLY we can make a solid pitch to him. A true playmaking, 2 way pivot with Iggy? Oh man.

I think Backlund would make a great #2 center. To me he just doesn't seem to have the offensive ability to be a #1, but that's just me.

And you're right, we should be trading for picks instead of getting rid of them. But, you gotta do whatever you can to improve the team.

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I forgot we even have Leblond laugh.gif

Fingers crossed here, but with the way Seguin's been playing, I think Krejci will be let go by the Bruins at the end of the year

With all the cap space that will be freed up after this year, HOPEFULLY we can make a solid pitch to him. A true playmaking, 2 way pivot with Iggy? Oh man.

I think Backlund would make a great #2 center. To me he just doesn't seem to have the offensive ability to be a #1, but that's just me.

And you're right, we should be trading for picks instead of getting rid of them. But, you gotta do whatever you can to improve the team.

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The right step for Feaster would be to enter a re-build. Honestly, Iggy looked great most of last season, but he only has a year or two left at that level and CGY can't continu to build around him...

And why would Krejci (RFA) want to sign with the Flames? To play with Iginla for 1-3 years?

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We lose a lot of deadweight at the end of the year. That's a lot of wiggle room to work with to ice a competitive team. Of course, great teams aren't built through free agency. But if we can add the right pieces, I think we can make a real push for maybe another year or 2, ala Iggy's time.

If that doesn't work out next year, then it is time to rebuild. That's my opinion.

Who knows, if the ship keeps sinking this year maybe it'll begin earlier. The problem in Calgary is that the higher brass doesn't want to tank it for a few years to get better. The pressure to succeed has always been there since the run in 04.

And Krejci is a UFA at the end of the year.

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Krejci: NHLNUMBERS & CAPGEEK RFA.

I doubt the Flames can make a real push for the cup, maybe they could make a real push for 2nd round of the playoffs, but really that's a horrible goal. And trading Iggy at this year's deadline could at least bring them some real solid future assets.

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I have no idea why I kept thinking Krejci is a UFA all this time, lol my bad

:bigblush:

It's pointless to argue a rebuild this early into the season. No one plays the game to lose. Who knows? Anything can happen.

Iggy will definitely net something significant back though

Iggy for 1st and Bennett/Despres

Iggy for Toffoli

Would you if you were the opposite team?

The Toffoli trade can be interesting. Sort of like Nieuwendyk trade back then, except Iggy is Joe this time :P

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With the way Carter has been lighting up the AHL though, who knows. If I were a CGY fan though, I'd be hoping Feaster was given the green light to begin the rebuild.

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It kind of depends on the team. For example, L.A. already has Dustin Brown to kind of fill the top line power forward role, so they might not move such a big prospect. However, maybe they would, because Lombardi has been waiting forever to become a real contender.

Maybe Carter Ashton + Steve Downie + 2nd? Tampa has the cap space, Iggy & Yzerman have some sort of relationship from the Olympics & Vinny - Iggy would give them a real solid 2nd line. With Connolly lookin' good, Ashton might be expendable.

That would be the biggest problem with trading Iggy - his 7,000,000 dollar cap hit. The team has to want Iggy real bad to give up depth + future assets for him.

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In all fairness, Brown is not a finisher like Iggy. I'd even say not at all.

Again, we'll see.

Man, does it ever feel good to talk hockey with someone that knows the game.

It's also worth noting that Bartschi has 30 points in 13 games so far in Portland. So far so good, Mr. Feaster.

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