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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#1 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
April 01 2013, 04:12PM
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Flamers suck a big FIST

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#2 Baresnake
April 01 2013, 04:22PM
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Hope you enjoyed writing your last GDB/FGD Vintage Flame. Oilers win 18-0 Obvious game day prediction!

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#3 BALLSYHALLSY
April 01 2013, 04:22PM
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Booooooo get of the stage!!

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#4 Crack Smacker
April 01 2013, 04:23PM
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Streak better end tonight!

That Flames forward lineup is just pitiful.

I call a 5-1 win Oilers

Ebs with a pair.

And Brown steps up to a big boy and ktfo's him

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#5 FootballJimmy
April 01 2013, 04:25PM
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Wanye's gonna blow a gasket when he sees that Eberle pic.

This post is a good reminder that the passion behind the BoA hasn't died.

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#6 Mac962
April 01 2013, 04:28PM
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No matter what, i love it. Laughed al the way to the fridge for another beer. Good read. Let go Oilers and Flames. Our Province craves some Oil and Shames good old hockey.

Kipper===eat my shorts and i hope you end up in T.O. Good luck with that you Finnish Freak...

Glencross... keep your head up cowgirl.Mike Brown is going to Pound you through the glass.

OILERS-FLAMES Just like it should be. W-A-R

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#7 ghostofberanek
April 01 2013, 04:32PM
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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?

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#8 Dog Train
April 01 2013, 04:33PM
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Oilers win 10-0. Hall breaks his own record for fastest hat trick to start a game with 3 goals in the first five minutes.

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#9 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 04:36PM
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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.

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#10 Justin
April 01 2013, 04:38PM
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Young inconsistent team. Oilers could look horrible tonight and it would not be a surprise.

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#11 RalphsFavorite
April 01 2013, 04:40PM
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Lander was called up. Lines should be different.

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#12 DDP
April 01 2013, 04:40PM
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Oil are gonna stomp the Flames tonight.

4-1 W for the GOOD GUYs!

Yak-City nets a pair.

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#13 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 04:41PM
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This game can't go wrong for Flames fans really. Either they beat the Oilers and help keep them out of playoffs, or they lose and get one step closer to an excellent prospect.

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#14 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 04:42PM
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Oilers 100 Flames 0.

/thread

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#15 Clyde Frog
April 01 2013, 04:42PM
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Win or lose; the Oilers still win...

The extra 2 points pulls Calgary 2 points farther from a real talent in the draft (if they could find one) or the Oilers 2 points closer to the playoffs...

Best case scenario is a 3 point game...

Ps, Flames fans can fall in a hole

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#16 Light, Sweet, Crude
April 01 2013, 04:42PM
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That's it, trade Ebs. Can't have that in the room.

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#17 Starving Student
April 01 2013, 04:43PM
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Keep waiting for Wanye's war cry upon see that picture! Nobody besmirches the might name of Jordan Eberle and gets away with it!

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#18 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 04:43PM
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Also, the Oiler fans in here are probably the least intellegent and thin skinned turds I have ever seen.

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#19 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 04:47PM
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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.

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.

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A lot of "why did I write that" content in this one, considering the next GDB/FGD will be written in less than 48 hours.

Brave, you are, Vintage! But no surprise here - big balls don't always equate to a big brain. ;)

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#21 Six Rings
April 01 2013, 04:50PM
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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...

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#22 michael
April 01 2013, 04:50PM
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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.

Intellegent? Ok OilersNation can you see the irony in this post.Will leave it at that.

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#23 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 04:52PM
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@The Soup Fascist

That actually isn't the definition of irony at all. But please, play again!!

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#24 ghostofberanek
April 01 2013, 04:53PM
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@jeremywilhelm

Hahaha not sure if they can top that Jankowski kid. Maybe they'll draft some high schooler from Stettler with their top 5 pick this year hmm?

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#25 Jay
April 01 2013, 04:55PM
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Hahaha I love it!! Makes me not feel bad for not feeling bad about laughing at the whole lot of f***all they got for iggy! Whatever little dignity the flamers are grasping at is gonna be blown away with ease tonight and guess what... I won't feel bad!!!

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#26 Ari Gold
April 01 2013, 04:57PM
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Bloody brilliant final note. Left me a great feeling of rage and pleasure. I hope the Oil stick the Flames with something sharp and rusty tonight.

Go Oil!!

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#27 Quicksilver ballet
April 01 2013, 04:57PM
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How do our farts smell, Calgary?

Must really suck to be a Calgary Lames (never more fitting to have that name) fan now, knowing they won't even hit rock bottom for another 2 yrs yet. You're all welcome to tune into Oiler games for your hockey fix these next half dozen yrs.

Who's your daddy again Calgary!

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#28 vetinari
April 01 2013, 04:58PM
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Poor Flamers-- I'd like to talk to you about our incompetent management but you've got Uncle Fester or something at the helm who doesn't seem to know NHL waiver rules when it comes to mid-season offer sheets; I'd also like to talk to you about the pain of losing franchise guys like Smyth at trade deadlines but you lost Squiggly Joe or whatever his name was recently and that might be hurtful; so instead I'll talk to you about no matter how incompetent our management team is or the number of franchise players we trade away, we still rather would be us than a sorry bunch of yahoos like you.

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#29 Jay
April 01 2013, 05:00PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

Hahaha not sure if they can top that Jankowski kid. Maybe they'll draft some high schooler from Stettler with their top 5 pick this year hmm?

Wouldn't be hard research to figure out who the Lames are gonna draft top 5 this year. Just look for a college player with a last name ending in owski...

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#30 Craig
April 01 2013, 05:00PM
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Flames win 4-1. The kids still can't handle the heat. Oilers fans suck, nothing new happening here.

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#31 Wheresyourtowel
April 01 2013, 05:00PM
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Won't take these games for granted as the Flames do seem to play above their record vs the Oil.

That said, I hope this is the beginning of the worst two weeks the Flames play all season. When our crack at the playoffs comes, we'll try to win at least one series during our period of "dominance".

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#32 velo
April 01 2013, 05:02PM
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Good grief...I always love it when fLames fans try to give it to Oiler fans. The cartoon has Gretzky vs. Larry McDonald's or whatever his name is. Seriously? What's next? A mock-up of Messier arm wrestling Loob? Sheesh!

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#33 J-Dogg
April 01 2013, 05:04PM
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So, to sum up:

Flames suck more now, but it's all good cause you saw it coming and have made peace with it.

Our 1st and 2nd year rookies aren't putting up 70 points per season yet and are therefore busts.

And the rapidly fading silver lining on the $#!tcloud that is the flames present and foreseeable future is that you still hold a better reg season record against us.

That about it?

If I had to swallow a pill like that all those sour grapes would make a relatively sweet chaser to me too.

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#34 non descript
April 01 2013, 05:07PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

That actually isn't the definition of irony at all. But please, play again!!

please, for our entertainment, define ironic.

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#35 northof51
April 01 2013, 05:08PM
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That was rich. Any Flamers want to do a Scoreface for Human Pylon (Ryan Whitney) trade? That would guarantee a 30th overall finish for you and top odds at the top pick (although playing on the road should pretty much have the same effect).

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#36 Johe
April 01 2013, 05:09PM
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GDP: Oilers 5-2. OGDP: The top line continues to roll, combining for 7 points. NSOGDP: Jay Feaster goes missing after the second intermission. Weeks later he is found "wandering the desert."

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#37 Jay
April 01 2013, 05:09PM
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Jay wrote:

Wouldn't be hard research to figure out who the Lames are gonna draft top 5 this year. Just look for a college player with a last name ending in owski...

Wait... I take this back, there's gotta be an owski playing in high school somewhere?? Someone check the 'metro high school boys league'

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#38 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 05:10PM
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non descript wrote:

please, for our entertainment, define ironic.

The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.

Or just feel free to read a book once in a while.

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#39 Welcome to Oil Country
April 01 2013, 05:16PM
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"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.

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#40 Mac962
April 01 2013, 05:16PM
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Iggy for weird Al Yankovich.... hmmmm not bad Feaster.

I have a rotten ronnies gift card for you.

Flames i didnt think it is was possible to worse Mgmt than us... Once again Calgary you one up Edmonton.. LOL Losers.

L-L-L-L-L-L-L aughing stock, get use to it horse crap city.

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#41 bookofloob
April 01 2013, 05:18PM
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Wanye Gretz seems like the kind of guy who takes long showers.

Just throwing that out into the world

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#42 OilClog
April 01 2013, 05:19PM
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12-1 Yakupov gets 5

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#43 Just too funny
April 01 2013, 05:21PM
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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.

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#44 Lowkick
April 01 2013, 05:27PM
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Lets take it easy on the lames fans here boys. They're on the edge of severe depression and we don't need to shove them over the cliff. There a good team with a bright future! Sure they offer sheeted a player that needed waivers, sure they traded their franchise player for assets that will never appear in the NHL. Sure there highest paid player has 10 seasons with no playoffs. But at least they have...... Um....

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#45 Pharmboy
April 01 2013, 05:30PM
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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.

Years of losing have thickened our skins quite nicely thank you. Intelligent is the correct spelling, don't you dare blame auto-correct either. :}

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#46 Truth
April 01 2013, 05:31PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.

Or just feel free to read a book once in a while.

This is getting good.

Everyone please Google "irony dictionary".

Can it get more entertaining?

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#47 Time Travelling Sean
April 01 2013, 05:32PM
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You suck at this. I can appreciate chiding, it can be fun, but you suck at it.

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#48 oilman3
April 01 2013, 05:32PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.

Or just feel free to read a book once in a while.

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.

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#49 Slats
April 01 2013, 05:32PM
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@Vintage fLame

What was harder coming up with a recent positive and something to put into this final BOA article

OR

. . .having to write any of those names as your Top 6 forwards - Comeau, Stajan, Stempn . . .(stopped writing for laughter . . .endless laughter)

GOILERS

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#50 Butters
April 01 2013, 05:38PM
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@ Johe

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

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