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The Calgary Flames Thread - 12/13 Edition

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As a NHL fan I'm excited to see how Sven can grab a topsix role with the flames the kid has the talent to compete in the NHL but one thing he might have a hard time is dealing with the bigger defenceman in the NHL and taking the beatings in the corners. The future is not so bleak anymore with the flames actually improving their prospect pool. One thing I'm curious about is if the flames are out of a playoff spot do they deal kipper and try and get assets and help jump start a retool? We know iggy is a flame unless he says other wise so the only way you guys get assets out of him is if he asks for a trade to a contender.

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One thing is for sure. The flames will lose 50% less games this year. ::D

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With 2 buyouts I'd imagine us using one on Stajan if he doesn't perform while Cervenka is out.

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Who is Cervenka? I have a feeling Baertschi is going to be a canuck killer....

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For some reason a Calgary thread on top of the forum annoys the hell out of me. Can we move this to the spam thread please?

Calgarypuck doesn't have an exclusive Canuck forum, should be the same here,

I'll be back and move you as soon as I become moderator.

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As mentioned before: If you don't want to read about it, don't click it. It's really that simple. Does it really matter if you don't like it on here? It's only an internet forum designed to discuss hockey.

Really not that big of a deal.

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Who is Cervenka? I have a feeling Baertschi is going to be a canuck killer....

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Good line heard on Calgary radio this morning. Somewhere someone posted...." ssshhhh don't tell Stajan the lockout is over." Pricless,

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For some reason a Calgary thread on top of the forum annoys the hell out of me. Can we move this to the spam thread please?

Calgarypuck doesn't have an exclusive Canuck forum, should be the same here,

I'll be back and move you as soon as I become moderator.

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48 game season means I'm predicting 45 starts for Kiprusoff, with him getting the nights off on the back end of back-to-backs. But not all of them either.

Sad thing is, it'll likely be the end of his 7 straight 35 wins per season streak. Impressive stuff. Are there any other goalies playing other than Brodeur who have had a streak like that?

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Phase 1 of Hobey voting, Gaudreau is now 2nd behind a senior in Corban Knight. http://www.hobeybakeraward.com/page/show/715460-vote-for-hobey-2013-phase-i

Even if he loses, it's still a great accomplishment to be considered as one of the best NCAA players as a sophomore. Would be perfect to cap off his year with a WJC gold, Hobey, and national champs again :towel:

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McKenzie: It's playoffs or bust for Flames under Hartley:

There will be no make the playoffs "guarantee" this year from Calgary Flames' general manager Jay Feaster, like there was prior to last season, but actions speak far louder than words anyway and it's safe to say the goal in Cowtown remains unchanged: it's playoffs or bust.

While some have wondered for years why the Flames don't embark on a full-scale tear-down, trade Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff and rebuild, last summer's free agency spree in Calgary leaves no doubt the mindset of Feaster and new head coach Bob Hartley.

You don't trade for Mike Cammalleri or sign Jiri Hudler or defenceman Dennis Wideman if you're rebuilding.

The Flames have a burning desire to get into the top eight in the West and will likely go as far as a top line of veterans Iginla, Cammalleri and Alex Tanguay up front and stalwart netminder Kiprusoff take them.

Hartley is a coach who isn't afraid to go to the whip and Calgary's best players will be rolled out and rolled out often.

That isn't to say the Flames' future is going up in smoke. The prospects cupboard, slowly but surely, is being re-stocked with not-quite-yet-ready talent such as John Gaudreau, Tyler Wotherspoon, Patrick Sieloff, Markus Granlund and Mark Jankowski but the crown jewel of the franchise's young guns is first-year pro Sven Baertschi, who will be given a chance to show he can play in the Flames top six up front. He could be a rookie of the year candidate if healthy, after coming off a neck injury that kept him out a month.

Calgary also needs Jaromir Jagr's old running mate from the KHL - centre Roman Cervenka - to be a player who can contribute offensively along with Hudler, who's had some injury problems this season but looks ready to go now.

The Flames will try to backfill with Curtis Glencross, Matt Stajan, Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak as potential Top 9 guys and there's no shortage of depth bodies such as Blair Jones, Tim Jackman, Blake Comeau, Roman Horak, Paul Byron, Ben Street and even old warhorse Steve Begin, who's in on a professional tryout.

If Mark Giordano, Jay Bouwmeester and Wideman play to potential, Calgary's blueline can be solid, with Chris Butler, Derek Smith, vet Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk and Brett Carson providing depth. Hartley favourite Steve McCarthy will get a look on a professional tryout and youngsters TJ Brodie and Chris Breen could challenge.

Goaltending is a strength and self explanatory. Kiprusoff will play almost all the games and Henrik Karlsson will be there when relief is required.

If things go well, the Flames hope to compete for a playoff spot. If things go poorly, they'll have to reconcile, one more time, why they shouldn't trade Iginla and/or Kiprusoff before the deadline.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=413104

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48 game season means I'm predicting 45 starts for Kiprusoff, with him getting the nights off on the back end of back-to-backs. But not all of them either.

Sad thing is, it'll likely be the end of his 7 straight 35 wins per season streak. Impressive stuff. Are there any other goalies playing other than Brodeur who have had a streak like that?

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Flames didn't do much to improve, they're gonna rely on Iginla and Kiprusoff again, same ol story in a competitive Western Conference, even in a 48 game schedule, they won't make it. Bob Hartley has got himself into a real bad situation, have fun! This team is in dire need of a re-build. GO CANUCKS GO!!!!!

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