Saturday, November 19, 2011

Youth Is Wasted On The Young



"It took me 12 years, 13 years to realize that you gotta be able to play defence in this league if you want to help your team."

Swooning!

You want to know what happened? The Flames were so scared about getting embarrassed by the Hawks, they had no choice but to play a strong game.

There is a pulse!

Oh shit son! You know who the Flames play next? The Blue Jackets! Yes, those Blue Jackets!

Now, how do you ensure the team gets up against the terrible BJ's the same way they did against the Hawks? Uhhh, you kidnap their children dummy. Duh. Do it, Harvey. Do it.

We smell a win streak!

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Flames Not Getting Points In Losses

This is probably obvious, but hey, it's what we do.

Last year, the Flames were 41-29-12. Or in other words, they were 41-41. Being .500 in the NHL was not good enough for them to get into the playoffs last year, and it appears the team is going to be a .500 team again this year.

But what is even more worrisome is this: Of those 41 losses, 12 were overtime losses, which meant that the team collected points in 29% of the games it lost. So far this year the team is 7-9-1. It has only collected points in 10% of the games it has lost.

Three more games until Peter Maher's magical 20 game breaking in period is over and the Flames are bottom dwellers, who would have to jump six teams to get into a playoff position. It is not looking good.

How in the world did King and Feaster convince themselves that this team would compete for the division?

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quickly On Bourque

We only had 10 minutes, so this is quick and dirty.

We would like to present the stat we think is important when it comes to Rene:


Also, you can check out the TSN page for his trips to the injury list.

You probably know where we are going with this. It's pop psychology and we get that. But we think Rene plays passively, plays small, because he is protecting himself. He hurt his shoulder real bad a few years ago (if we remember correctly). We think that type of injury, you carry it with you the rest of your life. In other words, the shoulder will never be 100%, dude knows it, and is careful of it.

Hence, he doesn't play like 6'2, 215 along the boards. Him being made of glass isn't new. Hey, look at this! Crazy.

Sometimes, it sucks being right.

The other point is that everyone who sees this guy as a 40 goal scorer...fuck off. Dude is damn near 30. It's the same shit with Glencross. You people think he is a 30 goal scorer. Guy has never scored 30, and he is 28 years old. If Glencross gets 20, you should be happy. Anything more than that is a bonus, and it shouldn't be banked on. Bourque has scored 30 goals in professional hockey one time. In Norfolk. If Bourque gets you 20 goals, you should be happy. Anything more than that is gravy.

Honestly, what we are going to highlight is this is yet another contract that was signed in the Darryl Era that did not pan out. What we are interested in, then, is what were the basic practices that the Flames employed during the Darryl Era as it related to scouting free agents, and in signing and negotiating contracts.

Obviously, this being Dome Beers, we want to know if the decision to say yes or no went through Ken King, as it does now, or if Ken King abdicated himself of that responsibility during the Darryl Era. But even beyond that, we want to know if the Flames have even done the basic self analysis that any real organization would have made. Have the Flames even looked at their practices? What changes have they made?

Outta time. More later, maybe.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

P.S. Keenan paraphrase: "My top four defencemen where hurt, and they still fired me. I don't mind saying this, because this is what I said to Ken King when he fired me."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nik Hagman Claimed; Commentary To Follow

We know. You are all eagerly looking at your screens, wondering who we are going to link to, to tell us all about the (insert your reaction here) news that Nik Hagman was claimed off waivers by the Ducks?

If we start this article we are going to be here for four hours, and we don't want to be here for four hours. This here whole Hagman 'thang' is attached to a whole lotta other 'thangs', right? So that is a root canal we would rather plan out.

Hence, commentary to follow.

The one thing we will say, the knee-jerk we have, is that if we weren't the cynical fucks we are, we would say that it certainly looks like the Flames are putting themselves in a position to make an acquisition.

Big, mortgage-the-future-in-attempt-to-win-now trade? That would be very Flames of them...


Furthermore, I suggest mortgaging the future on Weber.