Thursday, May 31, 2012

Did Front Office Call The Team Mentally Weak?

The news that Bob Hartley is the new Flames head coach just came down the twitter wire. I think my thoughts on the move are known. See last post, etc.

What I wanted to write about, more accurately, what I am going to write about, are comments allegedly made at the STH event that the Flames held the other day.

Now, I was not in attendance myself. So this is all hearsay stuff. Take it with a mine full of salt.

A poster on the Calgary Puck was there, and provided a summary of some of what was said. It's quite a long post, so I am not going to reproduce it. The link is here if you want to look, the poster is named 'United'.

'United' relates something that interests me more than the other stuff that was said, including Feaster supposedly taking shots at Stajan.

Quote 'United':
" Feaster mentioned that hockey operations noticed that the Flames played worse when the big guns were healthy; in fact they had a losing record. Jay attributed this to the team’s poor psychological preparation and said it’s something they are looking in to, as well as having the mental side of the game as a large part of their interview process for the head coach position. Jay singled out that he saw a revived energy in the dressing room when Sven got called up and said that pointed to the mental part – everyone channeling the excitement for Sven and memories of their first game and putting it into their performance."
I am a little concerned our (nominal) GM believes in voodoo.

Maybe, and this could come as a shock to some folks, the Flames 'big guns' aren't all that, you know, big?

I mean, I  suppose that guys who made it into the National Hockey League have psychological problems preparing for regular season games. I suppose they could have faked the moon landing, as well. I suppose that would make me a goofball.

I don't know, gang. The notion that the people who play in the toughest hockey league in the world to get into and stick into are mentally unprepared to play strikes me as silly.

Maybe they know they have a bad team, know how hard they will have to play every game to have a chance to win, and simply say 'fuck it, not worth it over 82'?

Perhaps they had a coach they disliked? Jay certainly points to that possibility when he says that the mental part of the game is a big factor for the new head coach. Implies to me that Brent Sutter wasn't good at 'it', whatever 'it' is.

The other point, about how SVEN reminded all the players about when they got their cherry popped strikes me as a fairy tale told to make the woman and children fans go "awww, cute!"

Apparently Feaster also said something about how the team was both in win now mode and rebuild mode, which means we are in 'try to fool the fanbase that the team has a chance to squeak into the playoffs because we don't want to make the tough decisions' mode. At least Ken King is consistent.

Finally, Feaster also apparently mentioned that the team was surprised and at a lost as to why Comeau did not score 20+ goals this year like he did with the Islanders. If this is true, they should all be fired immediately. If the management doesn't have the ability to see the difference between illusions and reality, then what is the point in employing these people?

Honestly, if you were employed to make decisions on a players ability, and you see Comeau, and you can't smell a rat, then why are you employed to make hockey decisions?

This franchise is in the very best of hands. 10th place next year, gang?

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


  1. 10th is a fair guess

    I wonder if Feaster's comments are more of a head fake to keep the plan out of the media (Jesus I hope so)

  2. 10th would be considered a miracle season for this cluster fuck. When you're as fully committed to not improving the team in any way for as long as the Flames have been, you're going to be that much worse for that much longer. I still don't see what Flames fans see on this roster as being a key piece of the future. The talent is just not there.

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