You know where we are going with this, right?
Craig Conroy can't play hockey at an NHL level anymore. It's as simple as that really. You know who else can't play hockey at an NHL level anymore? Steve Staios. You know who else can't play? Raitis Ivanans (who?). More? Sure. How about Langkow? Alice Kotalik, anybody?
(We aren't even bringing up the cats who are stealing money, like Sarich, Stajan, and Bourque.)
So to us, it is a little absurd. Feaster is waiving Craig Conroy? Why? Conroy makes the league minimum and he was on a two way contract. If he can't play, send him down to the Heat, and he will either go down to play or he will retire. Situation solved. There was no need to waive the player. Yeah, we know, you save like $200,000 by doing it. That cap space is sure going to come in handy for the Cup run...
It's fucking ridiculous, is what it is. You want to create cap space? Waive Staios! You want to create cap space? The owners should man up and pay Kotalik to play in Europe. You want to create cap space? Force Langkow to drink the reality potion, and retire. You want to create cap space? Have some six year old beat up Ivanans until he quits the team.
Because the notion of waiving Conroy for cap space is stupid, we look for other reasons to waive him. Is Conroy being waived because he is blocking a roster spot for one of our young stud prospects? Fuck no, we don't got any prospects, people! The Heat have no real offensive talent on the roster. They are last in goals for in the entire AHL. Conroy isn't blocking shit.
You wanna know who is blocking somebody? Morrison blocks somebody (Hint: he is Swedish) on the roster. Fuck, anybody on the roster over 30 not named Iggy, Kipper, or Reggie are the people who need to be cleared out if your concern is veterans blocking prospects roster spots.
So if cap space isn't really an issue, and Conroy blocking the spot of a prospect isn't really an issue, what is the deal?
Could it be that Jarome Iginla is still the de-facto GM of this team?
Here is an article that we missed about Conroy and Iginla breaking up. This happened on the 21st of January, and what, four days later Conroy is on waivers. Hmmm....
Can we be real here? Conroy couldn't play when he signed the contract. Why was he signed? For media relations purposes only. He didn't accept a 2-way contract because he had other teams beating down his door trying to sign him. He didn't sign a 2-way contract because he could still play. Conroy signed on to play here because we offered him a contract and a chance to play in 1,000 games. We can see why Conroy signed the contract. But what we can't see is why was Conroy even offered one?
The Calgary Flames are showing time and time again that winning is secondary to them. Craig Conroy wasn't offered a contract because the organization thought he would improve the team. He was signed because Ken King thought he would be able to sell some tickets if he had Conroy on the roster. Now that Conroy has done his duty, King and the organization are discarding him like so much crumpled trash.
And yeah, we find it a little...distasteful. Craig should know he can't play. But so should Langkow. You will notice that Langkow hasn't retired, even though he isn't even allowed to work out for a year. These guys hold on. In a perfect world, where Truth and Justice and Lollipops reign, Craig would have played that game in November, seen he was terrible, and retired. But because Craig is a human and Truth, Justice, and Lollipops do not reign, he decided to stay up in his seat in the press box. That's his right, he has a contract. Why is the organization forcing him to retire? Because he yelled at Iginla for not practicing hard?
In short, why is the organization not forcing Langkow to retire? Why isn't it forcing Staios to retire? Why isn't it forcing Ivanans to retire? Forcing Conroy to retire isn't a bad move. It makes the team better. We would rather ice a 20 year old who can't play over a 40 year old who can't play. But what is irritating to us is that the organization has much bigger fish to fry than Conroy, and they don't seem to have any inclination to do so. The Flames upper management would rather do the easy thing than the right thing, and that is concerning.
It's a broken record, we know. But the right things include: waiving Staios, forcing Langkow to retire, paying Kotalik to play in Siberia. The organization hasn't done these things because doing these things would be uncomfortable and expensive. In other words, they haven't done these things because it would be hard.
And true to form, the Calgary Flames seem to be allergic to anything 'hard'. Like 'hard work'.
Now the other take to this whole situation is that Rogers is putting pressure on the Flames to force Conroy to retire because they just lost Mike Richards and need some new talent. Who knows, right?
Probably not, because we doubt they would use Conroy for the morning show. What they could use Conroy for is to sit in the broadcast booth with whoever replaces Loubardias. Person X doing play by play and Conroy on the colour. Or they could use Conroy to do the play by play and leave Simmer and his glorious hair to do the colour.
Either way, we hope the change happens soon. It's getting to the point where we would rather eat broken glass than listen to the Rogers broadcast of a Flames game.
Doug Kirkwood, the city turns it's lonely eyes to you! We have been pimping pretty hard on twitter (follow us!) for Doug Kirkwood to get his old job back on the morning show. Now, we don't know Kirkwood, have never met Kirkwood, and are not being paid by Kirkwood to do this. We just like Doug, and think he would be funny and listenable on the morning show. But we are just one voice. Hit the horn, Domebeer-aholics. Send Kirch@rci.rogers.com a friendly little message about rehiring Doug Kirkwood. And demand Scott Roberts, too!
Dome Beers is going to place a bet on the Super Bowl. You see, A Z R is a Steelers honk, while the FAN960's Andrew Walker (Domebeer-aholic) is, for some unfortunate reason, a fan of Favre's old team. Yeah, we know, Lombardi has been dead for like 41 years. We don't know why Walker cheers for them, but we do know that he is about to have his heart broken, because there is no way in hell that Green Bay beats the Steelers.
Anyways, we are telling you this because we need stipulations. Should the Steelers win, Walker will do X, should the Packers win, Dome Beers will do X.
We are thinking about asking for an interview when the Steelers win. Should we go with something different? Let us know.
Oh God, we were about to publish this when Feaster came on the radio and said he wants to play guys from the Heat, not because they can play, but because...because. Oh boy.
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.