The Vipers destroyed the Capitals, by the way. Ya'll should come out to the ballpark.
Anyways... the plan is to post what we had wanted to post on the weekend, ugh. Saturday, we guess.
We do want to say something about the Flames town hall thang, which we missed entirely (Go Vipers!). Feaster apparently said something to the effect that the second round pick that was traded to Buffalo was for a player, and not for the Sabres to take on Kotalik's salary.
This is retarded. And we are hearing that people at this little shindig actually bought the line. That illustrates the problems with the franchise right there.
There are fans of this team who enjoy eating bullshit. It makes no sense to us, but it was apparently on full display last night.
Let's go back and look at the trade. Regehr, Kotalik, and a second for Chris Butler and Paul Byron.
King/Feaster wants to peddle the fantasy that the trade was Regehr, Kotalik for Chris Butler, and then a seperate trade was us sending a second to Buffalo for Paul Byron. It is a fantasy because, for those of us who don't suck the organizations dick, this trade doesn't make any sense at all when you consider the return.
For those who enjoy eating the clubs bullshit, let us spell this one out for you: You cannot trade something for nothing under the new CBA. The trade was Regehr for Butler and Byron. The Flames were also told that Buffalo would be willing to take on Kotalik's salary, but not for nothing. Because the Flames can't trade Kotalik and a second round pick to Buffalo and get nothing back in return under the CBA, the trades were lumped together. This had the added benefit of allowing the club to continue peddling the fantasy we traded a second round pick for a player, and not to get rid of a player.
Honestly, if you do believe the trope that the club did indeed trade a second round pick for Byron, then we don't think you value picks properly. Paul Byron, 5"9, 170 pounds, has good numbers for the Q, but so does everyone. He then made the jump to the AHL. He took it by storm, boy: 124 Games Played, 40 goals, 46 assists, 86 points, -5, with 111 PIMS. In other words, the guy Feaster is implying can beat out one of Morrision, Backlund, Stajan, or Jokinen isn't very good at the AHL level. Furthermore, go look at his numbers last year. He is the second best centre on the team, for one, which isn't a great sign. A defenceman collected more points than Byron did, which again, isn't a great sign. He also managed to put up a paltry 123 shots, good for 7th best on his team, and he also shot 21.1%, which is not a number he can sustain in the AHL (the year before he shot 16%), let alone at the NHL level.
If we traded a second round pick for that guy, we humbly suggest we over payed. As a point of reference, the Ducks traded a second round pick for Cogliano, who may suck, but who also had four 82 game seasons in the NHL under his belt, and was 0.45 points per game (again, in NHL games). In other words, a second round pick should net your team a player who has shown an ability to play in the league, not a question mark.
(Again, just looking at this year, John-Michael Liles was also had for a second round pick. That is, a guy who has played over 500 NHL games.)
What is worse? That Feaster keeps peddling the fiction that the second round pick was not included in the trade as a way to get rid of Kotalik's salary, or the fact that he seems to be bragging about the fact that he traded a second round pick for what amounts to hope, sunshine, and unicorns?
Furthermore, I think