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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#101 Wäx Män Riley
April 01 2013, 07:17PM
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DSF wrote:

Calgary now with 3 first round picks.

One more for Kiprusoff and the rebuild is ON>

They are not, I repeat, ARE NOT rebuilding though.

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#102 Jay
April 01 2013, 07:18PM
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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 you like rainbow parades and being a called a flamer....

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#103 Wäx Män Riley
April 01 2013, 07:18PM
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mattyc wrote:

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

Has an extra year on his contract too.

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#104 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:19PM
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just think how many Janks they can draft now!

We'll all be so surprised! that's all a GM ever wanted.

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#105 clYDE
April 01 2013, 07:20PM
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Thumby wrote:

^^^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!

You may want to check Hockey Fights. Semenko lost to Hunter always. Even when he jumped him which was the usual.

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#106 geoilersgist
April 01 2013, 07:21PM
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Bye bye jbo. This one is in the bag #eatsh!tflames

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#107 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:21PM
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Wäx Män Riley wrote:

They are not, I repeat, ARE NOT rebuilding though.

Nonsense.

Call it what you will but, if the Flames end up with 4 first round picks, they can become dangerous very quickly.

Rex Libris should be weeping but he won't admit it.

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#108 Wäx Män Riley
April 01 2013, 07:29PM
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DSF wrote:

Nonsense.

Call it what you will but, if the Flames end up with 4 first round picks, they can become dangerous very quickly.

Rex Libris should be weeping but he won't admit it.

Only if they trade those picks for real players. As we have all seen, a team of 18-22 year old players does not a competitive team make.

If they keep the picks, they are 3-4 years from the playoffs.

No Goalie.

No Forward depth.

No Defense depth.

Draft picks will not fix that anytime soon.

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#109 Mac962
April 01 2013, 07:30PM
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Lets play Slap a Flame in the face and spit on their Jersey.

I have a t-shirt of the Flames i am going to degrade shortly.

I hate everything Calgary. Except the MILFS i do biweekly

when i pass through.

How's that COWTOWNERS !!

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#110 playoffbound2013
April 01 2013, 07:31PM
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Well, lets hope the Oilersnation writers get a chance to write the next few series in this game day blog. 19-4 since 2009 is kinda like hanging on to 5 cups from our past. It happened, but most people in Calgary try to tell us it isn't relevant.

Here is to relevant hockey going forward.

On another note, much respect to Iggie (always one of my favourite Canadian athelete. Hope he gets his chance to win one in Pitt.

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#111 Butters
April 01 2013, 07:35PM
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Wahoo, Jaybo never makes the playoffs. St Loo out, just Columbus and Dallas to worry about now.

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#112 Will
April 01 2013, 07:36PM
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WOW! they now have a ton of first round picks ...

... to completely waste on off the board picks like Jankowski.

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#113 Butters
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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3 first rounders, WOW. There are a lot of excited Quebec High School hockey players out there.

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#114 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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Wäx Män Riley wrote:

Only if they trade those picks for real players. As we have all seen, a team of 18-22 year old players does not a competitive team make.

If they keep the picks, they are 3-4 years from the playoffs.

No Goalie.

No Forward depth.

No Defense depth.

Draft picks will not fix that anytime soon.

You have to bear in mind the Flames have already freed up nearly $20 million in cap space.

With the cap dropping there will be a very large number of free agents available.

They already have $24 million available before Kiprusoff and his $6 million cap hit moves on and I'd wager they also move Camalleri's $6 million.

Their timing is impeccable.

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#115 flynn
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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OGDP - Oilers 4 Marlins 0

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#116 vetinari
April 01 2013, 07:40PM
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Wow... what a return for J.Bo.... a mid to late first round pick, a prospect goalie and a 5'9" defenceman... I am so glad you guys have Feaster leading your "retooling" efforts... I'm sure that everything will work out for you guys in 4 to 6 years.

I'm sorry, but I should say it again in Calgarian: "Howdy pardners, but y'all are screwed tighter than a preacher's daughter".

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#117 Subversive
April 01 2013, 07:41PM
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I'm flabergasted that's the best Feaster could do for J-Bo. The 1st is fine, but those two prospects seem middling or worse.

Depressing.

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#118 DJ Dynasty Handbag
April 01 2013, 07:42PM
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HAHAHAHA what a terrible trade for the flames. i'd laugh more but i'm still recovering from the "haul" they got for iginla.

#priceless

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#119 Citizen David
April 01 2013, 07:44PM
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DSF wrote:

You have to bear in mind the Flames have already freed up nearly $20 million in cap space.

With the cap dropping there will be a very large number of free agents available.

They already have $24 million available before Kiprusoff and his $6 million cap hit moves on and I'd wager they also move Camalleri's $6 million.

Their timing is impeccable.

If their GM wasn't Feaster... Please stay on the Flames Bandwagon. That will be golden.

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#120 Will
April 01 2013, 07:44PM
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If the Blues miss the playoffs, the first round turns into a fourth round and then they get the Blues 2014 1st round. That would be classic if they missed this year, then went to the final next year. So many 30th overall picks for the Calgary Flames. As it stand right now, they wouldn't even be picking first overall.

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#121 Wäx Män Riley
April 01 2013, 07:45PM
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DSF wrote:

You have to bear in mind the Flames have already freed up nearly $20 million in cap space.

With the cap dropping there will be a very large number of free agents available.

They already have $24 million available before Kiprusoff and his $6 million cap hit moves on and I'd wager they also move Camalleri's $6 million.

Their timing is impeccable.

Flames have 12 players signed with $22M available.

Oilers have 16 signed and over $16M available.

Oilers timing to make a cup run: impeccable.

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#122 Will Colford
April 01 2013, 07:48PM
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I predict Iggy goes to LA in the off season and joins Rehgier and Sutter to finish out his career.

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#123 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:48PM
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Wäx Män Riley wrote:

Flames have 12 players signed with $22M available.

Oilers have 16 signed and over $16M available.

Oilers timing to make a cup run: impeccable.

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

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#124 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:49PM
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Will wrote:

If the Blues miss the playoffs, the first round turns into a fourth round and then they get the Blues 2014 1st round. That would be classic if they missed this year, then went to the final next year. So many 30th overall picks for the Calgary Flames. As it stand right now, they wouldn't even be picking first overall.

The Blues won't miss the playoffs.

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#125 Subversive
April 01 2013, 07:49PM
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DSF wrote:

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

I'd wager on neither getting there anytime soon with the current respective management teams in place.

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#126 365
April 01 2013, 07:50PM
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Hold everything!

If Feaster holds true to form, haven't we learned that JBo is NOT going to the Blues? Don't we have to wait about 6 hours to learn that he went to Detroit for somehow even less of a return?

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#127 Will
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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DSF wrote:

The Blues won't miss the playoffs.

I will be sure to let the Blues know you have decreed they will make the playoffs. I'm sure that's all they needed in the locker room to really ensure they make it.

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#128 Jay
April 01 2013, 07:52PM
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@DSF

Come on man, I'll take that wager! Who cares about cap.... To a degree of course. Oilers have players, flames have picks...

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#129 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 07:52PM
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DSF wrote:

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

April Fools? Good grief.

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#130 michael
April 01 2013, 07:54PM
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I am going to write Flames every time I mean to say loser. In this case though I mean loser as in team that just traded away JBO and Iggy and still don't believe that they are rebuilding.They are "retooling". The kool-aid drinking is lead by non other than the man himself Jay Feaster. If I am a Flame fan right now I am hoping that he trades Kipper and Glenncross and Cammy too. I would want to make absolutely sure I had a shot at Nathan Mckinnon this June. He and Bartschi would make a good start at the Feaster retooling.

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#131 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:55PM
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Subversive wrote:

I'd wager on neither getting there anytime soon with the current respective management teams in place.

hahaha you win!!

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#132 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:56PM
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Will wrote:

I will be sure to let the Blues know you have decreed they will make the playoffs. I'm sure that's all they needed in the locker room to really ensure they make it.

Currently leading the Wild 2-1.

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#133 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:58PM
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Make that 3-1.

Jaybo puts them near the top of the WC.

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#134 Quicksilver ballet
April 01 2013, 08:00PM
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Who's this new weapon the Lames are unleashing this evening. There's some fella named TBD starting on the blueline.

Too Bad Dickheads?

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#135 365
April 01 2013, 08:01PM
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DSF wrote:

Make that 3-1.

Jaybo puts them near the top of the WC.

I'm sure that much like Iggy, Jaybo will find renewed life now he's sprung from prison.

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#136 DSF
April 01 2013, 08:02PM
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Wouldn't it be something if the Flames without Jaybo and Iginla beat the Oilers?

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#137 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:10PM
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I see we're spending tons of time in our own zone so far. Awesome!

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#138 Butters
April 01 2013, 08:11PM
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The Flames have Junior Schultz figured out.

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#139 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:11PM
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Nice! Kipper wants that one back, ouch.

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#140 Will
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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DSF wrote:

Wouldn't it be something if the Flames without Jaybo and Iginla beat the Oilers?

Wouldn't it be something if DSF wasn't completely delusional for once?

Edit Edmonton up one nothing. Goal from one of our many, many future superstars.

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#141 vetinari
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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1 - 0... so, why was the Calgary D standing around on that one?

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#142 flynn
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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Why would you call up Lander and not play him? OKC have pretty big game tomorrow night.

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#143 NewAgeSys
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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They are sending in their forecheckers but most times they are sending two in stacked on our right side, one is going deep and if he is in good position the other second one cuts crossice and into that midrange wrister area, it is Glencrosses normal attack seam, watch it because its one of their main plays inside the o-zone. They make it look like they are both going in hard and deep but one just peels off consistantly and it does work so we need to look at it.

Very nice shot by Schultzy, lets keep focused and repeat that play ASAP as many times as we can, dont wait do it again and again until they adjust like we want and then be ready for that, do it again man right away get in their heads and make them adjust.

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#144 Wäx Män Riley
April 01 2013, 08:13PM
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DSF wrote:

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

Ok, I've been entertaining myself here, but this is a for real troll post.

Cammalleri is still on the roster.

Oilers are much closer than the flames, and the safer bet is that neither of them see a SCF in the next decade, lol.

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#145 Junker4ce
April 01 2013, 08:13PM
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@Butters

Do they really?

Game plan to leave him wide open in the slot?

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#146 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:13PM
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vetinari wrote:

1 - 0... so, why was the Calgary D standing around on that one?

He was probably confused, what with J. Schultz supposedly being so terrible and all. *eyeroll*

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#147 NewAgeSys
April 01 2013, 08:15PM
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flynn wrote:

Why would you call up Lander and not play him? OKC have pretty big game tomorrow night.

Because the Barons are a resource for the Oilers and their win/loss record has little to no bearing on any player decisions. At the trade deadline one never knows what can happen.

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#148 365
April 01 2013, 08:17PM
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michael wrote:

I am going to write Flames every time I mean to say loser. In this case though I mean loser as in team that just traded away JBO and Iggy and still don't believe that they are rebuilding.They are "retooling". The kool-aid drinking is lead by non other than the man himself Jay Feaster. If I am a Flame fan right now I am hoping that he trades Kipper and Glenncross and Cammy too. I would want to make absolutely sure I had a shot at Nathan Mckinnon this June. He and Bartschi would make a good start at the Feaster retooling.

Now, now. Maybe loser is a little harsh. Maybe Feaster can be compared to high-powered world leaders like... Clinton?

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." -Bill Clinton, January 1998

“You know what? I look forward to the Battle of Alberta for the next X number of years. If the idea is, ‘Burn it to the ground,’ then (Flames president) Ken (King) can find another manager to do it.” -Jay Feaster, Septemeber 2011

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#149 Butters
April 01 2013, 08:17PM
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@Junker4ce

My comment was a shot at another poster.

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#150 DSF
April 01 2013, 08:21PM
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SOG

8-1 Calgary.

That will work.

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