They did indeed end up assigning Ivanans to the AHL. As it happened after the club made that blockbuster of a trade earlier in the day, we can only assumed that King read our post and then got a clue.
From a Sportak article:
"Ivanans is ecstatic to be back in the NHL. “You can’t really explain it. It’s feels great. You realize how much you take it for granted when you’re here,” Ivanans said. “And then when you’re down and come back, you just want to grab it and never let it go.” "
To us, this illustrates the problem nicely. Ivanans is in the NHL for one reason: He is a big guy who fights. That is his only skill. His only one. This one skill scrub is brought back to the NHL for one reason: To fight.
That is Ivanans job. That is the only reason he would be on a roster.
Ivanans was brought up and put in the roster yesterday for one reason, to fight. This isn't a discussion about whether Ivanans fighting would have affected the game. This isn't a debate on enforcers. This is a observation on the Flames.
Ivanans was brought up to fight. The Flames got jumped in the first 5 minutes of the game. Ivanans should have fought then. He didn't. And what happened? He got more ice time.
To us, it's the perfect illustration. Nobody on this team is held accountable for doing their job. Not the managers, the coaches, or the players. Ivanans doesn't fight, and still has a spot in the NHL. Ken King approves a bunch of dumb trade ideas from both Darryl Sutter and Jay Feaster, and he keeps his job. Brent Sutter has been whining about how the players don't listen to him since the first day he got here. Still has a job.
Noticing a pattern?
The problem with the Calgary Flames is they are all hat and no cattle. Read that quote again: "And then when you’re down and come back, you just want to grab it and never let it go.” Are you fucking kidding me? Ivanans, who professes to want to 'grab it and never let it go' didn't fight. And the next day, he wasn't sent down to the AHL.
This is an old team, an unskilled team, a slow team, a soft team, a stupid team. They are also a complacent team. And it's the complacency that is most grating.
Furthermore, I think