FGD: One Tin Soldier - The Legend of City Yak

Vintage Flame
April 01 2013 04:10PM

 

After Shelbyville showed us all that even a broken clock is right twice a day, the Battle of Alberta gamethread is back where it belongs. Oh and if you don’t get the reference in the title? Google is your friend.

Tonight, two teams on completely different roads will cross paths once again, where scoreboard watching will be put aside in favour of compulsory disdain and a sheer desire to lay the boots to one of your oldest rivals. Since 2009, it has been the Flames doing the majority of kicking, leading the head-to-head series 19-4.

Much has changed since the Flames and the Oilers last met on January 27th (when the good guys won 4-3), as Calgary seems to have taken a page out of the Oilers operational book and are on a slide towards the bottom of the league. The Oilers, meanwhile, are on the cusp of making a push towards unfamiliar territory of their own… the playoffs.

Somehow it seems fitting that these two squads would meet up today, April 1st. What has in recent history been dubbed the “Battle of Albrutal”, where either team is in the standings has been irrelevant because neither ever wants to lose this match-up, neither want to be the fool.

The Line-Up

We all know who the obvious loss to the lineup is, but we shouldn't forget who still is. Curtis Glencross loves himself a piece of the Oilers whenever the chance presents itself.

The Flames lineup is probably written in pencil, due to wide speculation around who might be staying and who might be leaving. Fronting the list is Jay Bouwmeester, with destinations including both Detroit and St. Louis. Others that are also coming up to be on the move are the likes of Tanguay, Sarich, Cammallerri and of course Glencross.

Very few are safe these days and there is going to be a lot of speculation leading right up to April 3rd. For now, here’s how SNET’s Pat Steinberg has the lines shaping up.

  • Glencross-Stajan-Stempniak
  • Tanguay-Cammallerri-Comeau
  • Hudler-Backlund-Cervenka
  • McGrattan-Begin-Jackman

  • Brodie-Bouwmeester
  • Giordano-Wideman
  • Butler-Sarich

  • Kiprusoff

The Oilers have to be licking their chops at the thought of facing Miikka Kiprusoff tonight with his less than stellar performance between the pipes this year. However he is also 15-2 in his last 17 starts against Edmonton with a 2.43 GAA. He will have to be “that guy” tonight in order to give his team a legit chance at putting a dent in the Oilers’ playoff hopes.

It will also be very interesting to see how long Hartley leaves the Czech’s with Backlund. Cervenka has been playing with a lot more confidence and certainty in the month of March, and Backlund’s creative and bold play is an interesting match that has the potential to pay dividends.

The Village Idiots

The Oil have won three straight for the first time this season. That is part of a 6-2-2 record in their last ten that has them sitting 11th in the conference, just two points out of the top eight.

It’s no secret that the Oilers’ Achilles heel (other than playing in the NHL) has been from the blueline. This morning they penned Ladislav Smid to a four year extension with an AAV of $3.5 Million. That’s sure to be enough to put them over the hump right? Relax Shelbyville dwellers, we know, we know… “Laddy” is a great shot-blocker and he has all the intangibles right? RIGHT?

It’s a good thing the defence is all sorted out, now Ralph Kreuger can figure what the hell is wrong with his highly touted offensive talent. “Yak City” is more of a ghost town these days, registering just one assist in his last five games and hasn’t been part of the Oilers late push. In fact he hasn’t found the back of the net since February 25th, and only has 5 assists during the entire month of March.

Things aren’t that rosy for RNH this season either. The young center has a meagre three goals on sixty-six shots, giving him a whopping personal shooting percentage of 3.0%. That’s a far cry from last season’s 13.4% pace. Then again, I suppose it’s okay to fall off a cliff when you know you will safely land on the coat-tails of Taylor Hall. Well done Nuuuuuuge.

  • Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle
  • Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky
  • Jones-Horcoff-Yakupov
  • Petrell-Smyth-Brown

  • Smid-Petry
  • N. Schultz-J. Schultz
  • Whitney-Potter

  • Dubnyk

Sum it Up

Game Day Prediction: The Flames scrape the barrel for what remaining ounce of dignity they have left and continue the Alberta trend by winning this one 5-3; snapping their road loss streak at nine.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Curtis Glencross sticks it once again to the team that let him go, showing two versions of his infamous “Scoreface”

Not-so-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Hot on the heels of scoring his fastest hat-trick in Oilers history, Taylor Hall is about due for some mis-hap that has always seem to keep him out of games against Calgary. Tonight will be no different as he and his buck-toothed face will be mistaken for the Easter Bunny, so all the other barely pubescent children on the team will bug him about not getting enough candy this weekend.

What makes this whole situation really funny is that the average Oil fan is like some giddy, pimpled-faced nerd who finally landed that date with his lab partner’s sister. They say they have been waiting for this day, this day of retribution. When all the stars are aligned and the Oil can take back the pride that the Flames have, for the last decade or so, used to clean their skate blades after the game.

Newsflash… We know, we’ve seen this coming for a long time too guys. What makes it funny though is that despite everything, the losses, the bad trades, the injuries… whatever you want to jeer Calgary about this time, they just keep beating the Oilers.

These days, for Flames fans.. that’s not quitte enough for now. However, for added entertainment, Flames fans appreciate the fans up North, the ones that are convinced that this is finally it. The time for the Oilers to take that step forward out of the mire and take their rightful place at the fornt of the class. That’s just awesome and I sincerely hope the Oilers do make the playoffs this year. It will make it that much better when they are bounced decisively and the Oilers management is left shaking their heads as to what went wrong.

One last thing…

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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#51 Jay
April 01 2013, 05:39PM
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oilman3 wrote:

ironic - Something is ironic if the result is the opposite of what was intended.

I would say misspelling intelligent when putting down Oiler fans' intelligence would fit the description. Maybe you should quit while you're behind.

PWNED

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#52 oilman3
April 01 2013, 05:39PM
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the flames are horrible but we all know they're going to be working their collective asses off tonight as beating the oilers is as close to any kind of success they can hope to have for the foreseeable future. if the oilers can put forth an effort even in the ballpark of the flames, they should win easily.

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#53 Senator Theo
April 01 2013, 05:40PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Also, the Oiler fans in here are probably the least intellegent and thin skinned turds I have ever seen.

lulz - "intellegent"? You must be a "genious". ;-)

Go Oilers!

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#54 Slats
April 01 2013, 05:41PM
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Butters wrote:

@ Johe

Change desert to dessert and you are probably right. Or was it just a typo?

no it was irony. . .

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#55 Jay
April 01 2013, 05:51PM
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It's nice of the flames to give the oilers a warmup game against AHL'ers for their playoff stretch drive. Please play kipper please play kipper haha

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#56 vetinari
April 01 2013, 05:56PM
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Today's April Fools Day joke from the Flames is that they say that they plan to field a NHL team for the rest of the season...

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#57 treblecharger
April 01 2013, 05:57PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Definition of "IRONY" - spelling "intelligent" wrong while informing people how dumb you think THEY are.

Thanks Calgary, you never let us down!

PS Dont even think of correcting it now, Jethro.

annnnndddd...TSF wins the GDB! Well played, sir!

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#58 vetinari
April 01 2013, 06:01PM
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And to insult to injury to Flames fans, tsn.ca reports that the Flames have given permission to the Leafs to discuss a trade and extension with Kipper's people... bye-bye Kipper...

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#59 Scary Gary
April 01 2013, 06:05PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

Wow, just....wow. Does this guy watch hockey at all? This is a prime example of your typical Calgarian, no class and delusional. Is Glencross your big star then?

Maybe not a first liner but GlenX has three more goals than Hall...

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#60 justDOit
April 01 2013, 06:09PM
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I'm ready to go tonight boys, if you need me to fill in for that Jerome fella. Ricky and Julian will take care of the water bottles tonight, and Randy is bringing some cheeseburgers, so don't you Flamers worry! I hope they allow smoking in the dressing room... Go Flamers!

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#61 Virtual_Xi
April 01 2013, 06:11PM
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@Scary Gary

Correct Statsmatician, he's also tied for 88th in points....Where's Hall?

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#62 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:12PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Nice lineup. These guys aren't household names in their own houses.

If this group was playing hockey in my backyard, I would pull down the blinds.

My car got broken into the other day and I had two tickets to the Flames game at the Saddledome on my dash, when I got back to the car, you guessed it .....FOUR tickets.

Vintage Flame, when you were born you were so ugly, the doctor slapped your Mother!

I got hundreds of 'em ....I'm here all week, Folks - try the veal.

Just needed this to make an appearance on the 2nd page.

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#63 negrilcowboy
April 01 2013, 06:12PM
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wow the battlin' comments are better than the hockey. hope i spell correctly would hate to be knocked down a peg or two.

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#64 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 06:14PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Maybe not a first liner but GlenX has three more goals than Hall...

Hall has more assists than GlenX has points. Nice try.

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#65 DSF
April 01 2013, 06:15PM
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The first game of the relegation round between two dreadful organizations.

Nobody wins in the relegation round.

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#66 Slats
April 01 2013, 06:16PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Maybe not a first liner but GlenX has three more goals than Hall...

oh I think we will keep "suffering along" with how Hall is doing (31-11-23 and +2) vs GlenX (31-14-8 and a -8).

Our 3rd line center in Gagner is also only 1 goal behind your #1 liner.

We like statistics too at the ON.

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#67 RSD
April 01 2013, 06:16PM
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@michael

Ha ha, bet you can't wait for that Jankowski kid to take over as the flames new dynamo, he's the new iginla, now that was an intelligent (notice the correct spelling?) pick right, RIGHT.

Yak CITY baby.

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#68 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
April 01 2013, 06:18PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Maybe not a first liner but GlenX has three more goals than Hall...

Talk about cherry pickin stats

Why didn't you continue across the stats line and compare Glencross's assists of 8 to Hall's 23, or his -8 to Hall's +2.

Guess we will be able to compare them directly as Glencross is on your first line tonite.

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#69 Scary Gary
April 01 2013, 06:23PM
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The 'Real' Ron Burgundy wrote:

Talk about cherry pickin stats

Why didn't you continue across the stats line and compare Glencross's assists of 8 to Hall's 23, or his -8 to Hall's +2.

Guess we will be able to compare them directly as Glencross is on your first line tonite.

Haha hey who needs goals right?! Just ask Nugg...

I think this one will be closer than most people think, all depends which version of Kipper shows up. 4-3 JayBo with the winner.

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#70 negrilcowboy
April 01 2013, 06:23PM
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so is kippa heading to the leafs? and what would the return be?

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#71 Scary Gary
April 01 2013, 06:29PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

so is kippa heading to the leafs? and what would the return be?

Leafs were granted permission to talk to him.

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#72 Scary Gary
April 01 2013, 06:32PM
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Welcome to Oil Country wrote:

"We all know who the obvious loss in the lineup is..." He who shall not be named or "the player" is the only thing that kept the Flames in 9th place all these years.

Claiming Yak and Nuge are busts is just playing with fire and words your clearly gonna have to swallow later. We would attack your rising stars but you don't have any...

Flames fans prepare for years of losses starting with tonights. Its got to hurt. But whats got to hurt more is if JEROME IGINLA wins the cup he will bring it to his hometown, Oil Country.

It's Jarome, come...on!

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#73 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:34PM
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non descript wrote:

please, for our entertainment, define ironic.

It's like rain on your wedding day.

A free ride, when you've already paid.

It's the good advice, that you just didn't take.

Who woulda thought..... it figures.

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#74 Milli
April 01 2013, 06:35PM
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When you look at the Lames lines, what do you call them? 4a, 4b, 4c........Man this is gonna be fun! I really, really hope the Lames extend feaster for well, forever!!! That guy makes Tambo look smart!

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#75 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 06:35PM
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Six Rings wrote:

I thought the GDB was never going to show up...looks like VF has put fourth his best effort in a decent blog. A mediocre blog from a mediocre team.

Oil with a 4-1 win. Glencross with the lone Flames goal.

I just hope that we don't get the Flames screaming annoucer on sportsnet. I will be putting the TV on mute if so...

I can never let a beauty of a typo like this go to waste...

There's nothing like a typo that somehow adds sense to the intended meaning. Almost always the opposite is the case.

Good job.

oh, and GOILERS!!!

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#76 DSF
April 01 2013, 06:36PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

It's like rain on your wedding day.

A free ride, when you've already paid.

It's the good advice, that you just didn't take.

Who woulda thought..... it figures.

Alanis Morrisette.

Did you send her a quarter?

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Let's play "you might be a Flames fan". I'll go first...

If you're ignorant yet arrogant...

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#78 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 06:39PM
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DSF wrote:

Alanis Morrisette.

Did you send her a quarter?

Alanis deserves more of a "good grief" don't you think?

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#79 Mark-LW
April 01 2013, 06:42PM
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And isn't it ironic that none of those lines in her song are actually ironic

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#80 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:42PM
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DSF wrote:

Alanis Morrisette.

Did you send her a quarter?

No, she still owes me...

Her 1995 song "You Oughta Know" was written about me, sooo....

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#81 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:43PM
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Mark-LW wrote:

And isn't it ironic that none of those lines in her song are actually ironic

That's my favorite part, lol

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#82 FireOnIce
April 01 2013, 06:47PM
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All of this discussion reminds me of a quote from the wise sage Confucious:

"Arguing on the internet is like like running in the Special Olympics - even if you win, you're still retarded."

I can only hope that Brown/McGrattan show us the elusive 'Dance of the Bears'. Go Flames.

https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1368/987251565_22ea2338dd.jpg

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#83 Dennis
April 01 2013, 06:48PM
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@Scary Gary

Just like "Nugg" is actually Nuge?

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#84 DSF
April 01 2013, 06:52PM
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@Dennis

Hoppy.

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Mark-LW wrote:

And isn't it ironic that none of those lines in her song are actually ironic

"Bad luck" didn't make a good title.

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#86 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:52PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

Let's play "you might be a Flames fan". I'll go first...

If you're ignorant yet arrogant...

....If your* so intellegent* you know Bartschi will be there* best player (and might end up as good as Sam Gagne* if your* lucky).

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#87 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:53PM
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*Spelling and grammar intended so Flames fans can understand.

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#88 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 06:59PM
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Haha. I spelled intelligent incorrectly. But you just A: define a word using the word. B: still used irony/ironic incorrectly.

So yes, as it stands, you are still not very "intellegent".

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#89 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 07:04PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

No, she still owes me...

Her 1995 song "You Oughta Know" was written about me, sooo....

I didn't think it was about the goof from Full House. I feel much better it is you Wax Man. Congrats on the theatre deal by the way.

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#90 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:06PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

I didn't think it was about the goof from Full House. I feel much better it is you Wax Man. Congrats on the theatre deal by the way.

Cut... It... Out.

lol

A movie is never the same without it

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#91 Will
April 01 2013, 07:09PM
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Tonight feels like when I was little and the prophesy came true, I finally got bigger than my older sister. Man I kicked the crap out of her that day. So I guess here's to the Oilers finally getting bigger than their older sister? Metaphorically speaking. Then kicking the crap out of them as pay back for all those years.

Enjoy the basement Calgary. In a few years we can always try and compare rebuilds. The sad thing is that you've had players to trade.

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#92 Monaertchi Gaudnett
April 01 2013, 07:10PM
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Regehr traded to LAKings for 2 second round picks.

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#93 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:12PM
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Monaertchi Gaudnett wrote:

Regehr traded to LAKings for 2 second round picks.

it's a fire sale!

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#94 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:15PM
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JBO traded!! To STL!

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#95 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:15PM
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Got more for JBo than Iggy. 2 1st round picks + prospects and a conditional 4th?

EDIT: Only 1 1st round pick

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#96 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:16PM
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Calgary now with 3 first round picks.

One more for Kiprusoff and the rebuild is ON>

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#97 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:16PM
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who the hell is Cal going to ice on the back end now?

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#98 First Name Unidentified
April 01 2013, 07:16PM
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JBo to the Blues for a 1st round and a couple of prospects

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#99 mattyc
April 01 2013, 07:17PM
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@Wax Man Riley

I'd say Jbo is a better/more valuable player than Iginla...

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#100 Thumby
April 01 2013, 07:17PM
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Just too funny wrote:

Boys Boys Boys

12th v 14th talking like its 1989 again and you are contenders not pretenders. Oh if that was only the case. In my opinion i believe MANY of the posters on thsi site were still playing with Ninja turtle action figures. As some one who remembers the late 1980's and the terrific BOA tht took place , the past 2 decades have been a cheap knock off.

^^^This times 10...

I'm 44 now and fondly remember the beatdowns Semenko used to give Hunter...or Dave Brown when he broke the so called Calgary tough guys face...all while the mightly Oil put up 6 or 7 on the scoreboard.

Back then Dutchy (now on TSN but at the time on the local sports show) said something along the lines that "Brown looked like he was trying to start an old lawn mower".

Anyone else remember those classics too?

Pretty slim pickings around here (2006 notwithstanding) since...good to see the tide finally turning!

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