GDB 36.0: FEASTER AND FAMINE

Jason Gregor
April 03 2013 02:53PM

While the Flames shipped out Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester and replaced them with prospects that Barry Fraser wouldn't draft, the Oilers skate into the Saddledome ready to show Flames fans what six years of sucking can do for you.

The Flames haven't won a playoff series since 2004, the Oilers have won three since then, and in 24 days the Phlegms will be out of the playoffs for the 4th straight year. Make no mistake the last seven years have been brutal for Oilers fans, but at least they have something to show for their loyalty. The Oilers seven-year drought produced Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Magnus Paajarvi and Sam Gagner.

The Flames' plunge into suckville has garnered them first rounders like: Mikael Backlund (softer than oleo), Greg Nemisz (4th liner in AHL), Tim Erixon (oops, he wouldn't sign in your dump of a city), _______ (didn't have 1st or 2nd round pick when missing 2010 playoffs), Sven Baertschi (solid potential 2nd liner) and Mark Jankowski (say it slowly, Stanstead College in Quebec).

Rob Schremp and Marc Pouliot had a brighter future.

Most Oilers fans won't poke that much fun at Calgary, okay one might in a few paragraphs, mainly because Edmontonians doesn't possess the inferiority complex that exists in Calgary. Oiler fans won't need to say, "At least we finished higher in the standings than you," which was the rallying cry in Calgary the last three years.

Think about that for a second.

Your team never made the playoffs, in fact they "Choked" every year in the final ten games. For the past three years, the Flames were close to the playoffs with ten games to go, and in those combined 30 games, you won a paltry 12. You averaged 4 wins in the final 10 games of the season in your annual push-to-the-playoffs-only-to-fail-and-not-get-a-top-ten-pick.

The only thing more inept than Steve Tambellini's summer free agent signings, is the Flames management in February and March and the Flames play on the ice in March and April.

Which leads us to tonight...

The Oilers and their fans head into this game knowing they will win, which is exactly how the Flames and their fans have felt the last three years. It won't be much of a battle, considering the Flames most effective forward these days is Brian McGrattan.

The Flames got a better return for Joe Piskula than they have for Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester. At least McGrattan is on your team and contributing. Top-notch GMing by Feaster and company.

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

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

  • Dubnyk

The Flames will counter with a lineup that would battle stage an epic battle with the 2010 Oilers:

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win their 5th straight with an easy 4-2 win. The Oilers top line has combined for 19 points in the last four games and they will register six tonight.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Many in Calgary will claim, "Awesome deal, getting something (5th rounder) for Blake Comeau." Get used to saying this Flames fans, as you enter into the phase where you think every draft pick will pan out eventually.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After he admitted Monday night that he hadn't been, "intellectually honest about his team," Jay Feaster announces during the 2nd period intermission that the Flames will indeed be a playoff contender next year. "Mikka Kiprusoff begged me not to trade him today. He's committed to winning and we will sign him to an extension in the summer.

"Also, now that Jarome Iginla, who secretly always preferred his hometown over Calgary, is gone our core guys will flourish. Want to wager on where we finish relative to Edmonton next year? I’ll tell you very honestly. I’m getting a little sour. How many teams . . . every year, for the last 10 years, five years, eight years, have finished in the bottom five, bottom seven, bottom 10? They’ve had a pick anywhere from No. 1 to No. 10 year after year after year after year, and they still wander in the desert. And they’re no closer to getting out than they were 10 years ago. We are still positioned better than the Oilers," screams Feaster. 

Good times...

***UPDATE...Turns out the NSOGDB wasn't that far off... An actual quote from Jay Feaster today..."Murray Edwards (Flames majority owner)  told me last evening that he expects us to be in the playoffs next year." You can't make this up. Wow, Edwards is delusional if he believes that. 

AND NOW A WORD FROM A DIEHARD OILER FAN

Jeanshorts runs the Oilersnation twitter and when he heard I was writing this GDB he begged me to let him write a quite blurb on behalf of all Oilers fans... so here goes... 

Oh, Calgary...

Where do we even begin? 

You're like the Springfield Tire Yard of the NHL; You're ugly, can be smelled in 46 states (and 10 provinces) and you're nothing but a humungous pile of burning rubble at this point.  

If this is what Jay Fester considers "retooling" then dear god DO NOT let him near your car. It'd be like Pimp My Ride if instead of putting TV's and a new engine in they blew the car up and told you to "never speak of this again!" 

Although, it's not like we should really be surprised that Feaster buttfumbled BOTH the Iginla and Bouwmeester trades. We've all seen Spaceballs; it's only a matter of time until he accidentally locks himself in a limousine and eats himself to death. 

But hey, it's not all no-name prospects and crying into your cousins breasts in Cowtown. I mean, at least your leading goal scorer isn't former Oiler 4th liner Curtis Glencross. 

And it's not like you're relying on a guy who hasn't played an NHL game in 4 years and only has 11 career wins to be your number one goalie next season.

Or that your hot-shot first round pick flamed out (PUN INTENDED) with only one assist in his 10-game stint. 

Or that you traded away two of your marquee players and somehow wound up with an even worse prospect pool than you started with, which was already one of the worst in the league. 

Actually, basically all that's left is for Murray Edwards to sign Feaster to a five year extension and you'll be set!  

 You know what, this is typical Calgary. First you steal all our business headquarters and now you have the audacity to steal the title of "Most Comically Inept Run Team In The National Hockey League"? THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS! 

Unfortunately Calgary looks like they'll be rewarded for this absolute atrocity of a season with a top-three pick. The good thing is that with their recent draft history the nation of Bosnia will be able to celebrate their country's first ever draft pick as the Flames select their top high school player Ahmed Mujo (56GP-0G-0A). 

We fully believe in Karma and things coming full circle. Flames fans, and management, have been ripping the Oilers futility hard for the last 4 years. I hope you brought a flashlight, sleeping bag and foamy Calgary, because the basement is dark, damp and it smells like Jerry Sandusky's rec room. Payback's a bitch and this one's going to hurt. A lot. 

Tell your hot cousin I said what's up. 

"They're ALL my hot cousin!" - Guy from Calgary

Love, Oilersnation

 RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR

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#151 michael
April 03 2013, 03:11PM
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Nathan Mckinnon will look good in Calgary red. Perhaps next year they can suck enough to get Sam Rheinhart. They'll be 4 years behind the Oilers rebuild but in the years to come it will be nice to see all that top level talent in one place. Alberta. That is the one positive I see for both us and Calgary. The quality of the talent in the next few years will be awesome. Imagine being Vancouver? I'd hate to be their fanbase in the next few years.Always the bridesmaid never the bride.

And yeah Calgary you officially suck. Eat Buffalo pie and enjoy the cellar. Oilers 6-1 in a crushing win over the hapless Flames. Hall with 4 poinst and Ebs with the trick.

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#152 vetinari
April 03 2013, 03:12PM
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Dear Flame fans: Good luck on the "re-tooling" by the #1 tool in your organization, Uncle Fester. Let us know how that works out for you, won't you? Now, with all those #1 draft picks you have in this year's draft, will we see all of them in a Flames uniform by this October? Or more likely, by 2017?

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#153 The Hall Way
April 03 2013, 03:13PM
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Jeanshorts should win whatever the Oscar equivalent for journalism is.

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#154 Time Travelling Sean
April 03 2013, 03:13PM
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This is a nice change, but it's still unfair, only 48 games you Shamers have to put up with. GL with Seth, hope he doesn't turn into Johnson.

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#155 Vintage Flame
April 03 2013, 03:18PM
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Wow.. I know you Oilers types aren't used to having much... errr, anything to talk smack about, but I waited 30 some odd hours for this...

Christ Gregor, I'm harder on the Flames than this... AND I'M A FLAMES FAN!!

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#156 Heyho
April 03 2013, 03:22PM
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Rick wrote:

Re: NSOGDP, apparently he couldn't wait until the second intermission, TSN is indicating that Feaster is already saying that ownership is giving him his marching orders to make the playoffs next year.

As a thoroughly frustrated fan that has been watching an incompetent GM wander aimlessly for the last few years this is shaping up to be the start of some damn fine entertainment to see another team go through something equally embarrassing.

Source for the Feaster quote?

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#157 Scary Gary
April 03 2013, 03:22PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Wow.. I know you Oilers types aren't used to having much... errr, anything to talk smack about, but I waited 30 some odd hours for this...

Christ Gregor, I'm harder on the Flames than this... AND I'M A FLAMES FAN!!

Caved-in to the pressure?

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#158 Vintage Flame
April 03 2013, 03:23PM
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In 212 games played vs. the Oil, the Flames are;
105-85-19-3

Can you guys even get close to .500 before the Flames sort this out? Hahahaha.. I'll take bets on that one.

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#159 Mac962
April 03 2013, 03:24PM
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NSOGDP- Flames ask Oilers if they can just toss all the sticks in at centre ice and pick teams that way, in order to save the fans from watching the Future too soon. Once Glencross puts on a Oil Jersey again , he refuses to take it off after the game, threatening retirement if he has to wear that Flaming C any longer. Seeing That, Kipper agrees to a Trade to Florida.

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#160 geoilersgist
April 03 2013, 03:26PM
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I almost feel bad for the Flames, but then I remember all the crap I have put up with living in this city the last 9 years.

#EatSh!tFlames

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#161 JaromeIginla
April 03 2013, 03:30PM
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BREAKING NEWS: Jarome Iginla trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins... last week

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#162 Todd
April 03 2013, 03:40PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

The 2013 Flames are the 2007 Oilers.

They dont even know how bad it will get. Heck, Murray Edwards said he expects the Flames to be in the Playoffs next year.

Exactly... I remember when we were in the EXACT SAME PLACE.

We thought the rebuild would take 1-2 years. We thought Cogliano and Gagner were the answers (read Backlund and Baertschi). Our GM swung for the fences trying to land players via offer sheet. Then the bottom fell out.

We didn't know what was ahead... Its so long, painful and terrible that we still aren't even out of the woods. I hope the Lames are ready for a LONG ride of pure absolute suckery. I suppose they could short circuit it a bit and get back to middling for 8th place like the Leafs. But if you are gonna suck, you might as well do it right.

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#163 RexLibris
April 03 2013, 03:41PM
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schevvy wrote:

Damn. This sucks. Flames win 3-0 as Joey Mac gets the shutout. Right? Right.

Rrrrriiiiiight.

;-)

Best of luck tonight Schevvy. Maybe restock the liquor cabinet: if the Flames win, it's celebration time! If they lose....it's celebration time!

Honestly, an injured animal is the most dangerous, and these Flames are well and truly bleeding out. If the Oilers approach with complacency or arrogance it could get away from them very quickly. Tonight will be a good test of whether this young team can focus, or become distracted by standings and what might be.

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#164 Avalain
April 03 2013, 03:42PM
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This really doesn't sound much different than the GDB's that we get to write ourselves...

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#165 Will
April 03 2013, 03:42PM
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I wonder if they don't even fall far enough to land in the top three picks. Sure they're getting a great prospect who is projected to turn into a really good hockey player, but they'd miss out on a potential future superstar.

What really worries me is that a team like Colorado, who also seems like just a few key pieces short of a really impressive team, could end up with Seth jones.

Maybe we finish ninth in the west then win the lottery this year. It seems like that's Tambi bailiwick

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#166 dotfras
April 03 2013, 03:46PM
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CALGARY IS GOING TO WIN THE LOTTERY. It's the only thing Feaster doesn't have control over. That means we have a good chance.

The worst thing Edmonton could do to us is wait to win until overtime.

PLEASE DESTROY US TONIGHT.

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#167 Todd
April 03 2013, 03:47PM
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The interesting thing with Flames fans is they still try to bag on the Oilers for most likely missing the playoffs this year. They say it like making the playoffs, or getting 8th place is the primary goal of an NHL season. Cause you never know! Forget being a Stanley Cup contender, you just want to grind in at all costs then hopefully it works out!

Its been that way for the Flames for so many years. 8th place! 8th place! 8th place! They just don't understand that we are pretty happy to be in the race this year and continue to develop. We understand its most probable and logical we miss this year. But we are happy because its the road to a championship team or at least a strong Cup contender for many years, hopefully in a few short years, but certainly not this year. This year is part of the process, but Flamers just don't understand.

I actually think its smart brainwashing by Flames ownership. Their fans should demand a winner, not just a middling team whose goal is to grind into the playoffs. But for some reason Flamers have had their expectations lowered to the point that making the playoffs is the goal.

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#168 RexLibris
April 03 2013, 03:49PM
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Re: Feaster being told by Edwards that they will make the playoffs next year.

This is perhaps Edwards putting Feaster on notice, but also, were I a Flames fan, this is absolutely the last thing I would want to hear.

Presumably two of those three 1st round picks are now in play at the draft.

One detail that kept coming up when looking at rebuilding teams, the ones that have done it well have all been kicked off by ownership. Once the owners are on board, then things can proceed from there. If the owner is impatient, might as well put your fan hopes and expectations in a small jar and hide them at the back of the closet until reason prevails.

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#169 Toro
April 03 2013, 03:50PM
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Hahaha WOW were we really that bad of a team in 2010, what am awful looking team

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#170 Will
April 03 2013, 03:50PM
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Wow, Nashville just gave up its leading goal scorer, and what sounds like an okay AHL prospect for on of last year's big draft names, Fillip Foresburgh.

Does anyone else know why they made this move? I mean, if they think they're going to the playoffs, as their current tied for 8th standing might suggest, then why trade away your team's leading scorer for a solid future prospect?

However, now that they have done this, do we play Nashville again this year?

As for tonight, I seem to remember us playing spoiler to the flames at the end of last year, beating them twice down the stretch (and badly both times). And I think we even had a depleted roster. Hall was definitely out. So before we claim our victory tonight and rightful place in the standings, lets temper it with a look at the stat sheet from last game.

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#171 RexLibris
April 03 2013, 03:50PM
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@Todd

First off, yes I agree.

Secondly, it wasn't that long ago, albeit in a different economic climate, that Oiler fans were in the same mindset.

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#172 rubbertrout
April 03 2013, 03:52PM
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Going to the game tonight. The only question is if I wear my Eberle Jersey or my SQUEEE T-shirt.

*leaning towards SQUEE

**where are the hot cousins at?

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#173 rubbertrout
April 03 2013, 03:54PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

The 2013 Flames are the 2007 Oilers.

They dont even know how bad it will get. Heck, Murray Edwards said he expects the Flames to be in the Playoffs next year.

Although presumably Feaster won't try and beg Heater to come to Calgary . . .

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#174 Will
April 03 2013, 03:54PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Re: Feaster being told by Edwards that they will make the playoffs next year.

This is perhaps Edwards putting Feaster on notice, but also, were I a Flames fan, this is absolutely the last thing I would want to hear.

Presumably two of those three 1st round picks are now in play at the draft.

One detail that kept coming up when looking at rebuilding teams, the ones that have done it well have all been kicked off by ownership. Once the owners are on board, then things can proceed from there. If the owner is impatient, might as well put your fan hopes and expectations in a small jar and hide them at the back of the closet until reason prevails.

I hate to say it, but the Leafs are a good example of a team with downward pressure from owners to make the playoffs in a very short time frame. And though they did not make it in that time frame, in the shortened season this year, the team that Burke built is having success.

Which kind of makes you wonder what the standing would be like with a full season. It's pretty tight right now and over the course of a full season, very few teams in the league would really be "out of it" at this point.

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#175 Rick
April 03 2013, 04:03PM
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Heyho wrote:

Source for the Feaster quote?

@TSNJFranklin : "Murray Edwards told me to have this team in the playoffs next year... that's a marching order" Jay Feaster quoting a Flames owner

I don't know how to provide the actual link

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#176 vetinari
April 03 2013, 04:06PM
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To all our friends in Flameland, just be happy that our friend NewAgeSys is not much of a trash talker because it would go on for pages... and pages... and pages... in fact, your "re-tooling" might be over by the time he finished... See you around the draft table, fellas!

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#177 mk
April 03 2013, 04:09PM
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I had the thought earlier today that maybe the Alberta teams would have more camaraderie given the tough times we're going through/about to go through as hockey clubs. Maybe, we could be brothers of the basement and be friends?

Then I remembered, its the Oilers. We wouldn't want to stoop that low. GO FLAMES!

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#178 G Money
April 03 2013, 04:13PM
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I am a little worried about tonights game (which I will be at) ... teams with nothing left to play for can be uninterested and terrible, or they can be so relaxed that they play superbly well.

And the Flames still have Tanguay, Cammalleri, Glencross, Cervenka, and Hudler ...

Speaking of which, that Cervenka kid looked pretty good last game. No way someone talented belongs on the Flames. Perhaps Fester will trade him to us for, say, Tulupov and Martindale? Honestly, those guys are prospects, so they *must* be good!

OK, fine, 8-1 Oilers.

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#179 backburner
April 03 2013, 04:14PM
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Chaz wrote:

In 5 Playoff series vs the Flames, the Oilers are;

4-1

Oh, and the one we lost we scored the winner on ourselves. Just in case you wanted to talk about games that really count.

At this rate I don't think we'll meet in the playoffs anytime soon.. the "Battle of Alberta" sucks now.. not much of a battle anymore.

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#180 backburner
April 03 2013, 04:16PM
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@etownman

You'll never have as much as the Canadiens.. so does that mean the Oilers suck?

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#181 mr_nihilism
April 03 2013, 04:19PM
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Maybe the Oilers can chase MacDonald out of the net and put in tier 2 goalie, Kipper.

Anyhow, Edm. has no business losing to the Flames. It could happen, but it really really should not.

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#182 druds
April 03 2013, 04:19PM
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I dont know about this Gregor....its kind of like kicking a guy in the head after he is down. Go over to the Flames site...Oh man its not pretty.

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#183 Shredder
April 03 2013, 04:35PM
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Somehow I feel for Flames fans, partly because I know how much it sucks to be at this point in a rebuild. Essentially, it may hurt to have moved the heart and soul, then the rest of any talent, and to know that the rest of the guys are hurting on the inside to be stuck with a losing franchise. But guess what Flames fans, this is just the beginning. The Flames CAN get worse from here. Feaster CAN continue to make mistakes. The losses will only pile up higher and higher as they fall lower and lower in the standings. An Oilers win is the only hope Flames fans can have, as our top picks are slowly filling out, figuring out the NHL and becoming superstars, and starting to win games. The Flames have a huge opportunity right now, and that's seeing how you can eventually become competitive and build around a draft from first hand experience by the Oilers.

For the sake of hockey in Alberta, which includes the Flames hopes for the future, I hope the Oilers demolish the Flames in a very lopsided score.

Go Oilers!

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#184 drdoogie16
April 03 2013, 04:39PM
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Unfortunately, I have to travel to 'the chuck' a fair bit for work so have the pleasure of listening to Jason Gregor on the 1260 when I'm up there. Guy is an idiot. I guess he's the best 'radio' guy they can find in that city so that pretty much speaks for itself. I realize as the 'local guy' there is a certain amount of bias - see Steinberg here in Calgary - but wearing your heart on your sleeve doesn't mean that any unintelligent drool can froth from between your lips. Nobody from Edmonton should either take a run at another hockey team with their fantastic overall record over the past 20 years or even worse comment on that persons domicile. Anyone, I have ever met that visit or now live in that city call it like it is - flat, dirty, rough, gross, dirty, flat, industrial - you get the picture. Maybe start a fresh take with some substance and let's start an exchange from that.

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#185 Q
April 03 2013, 04:44PM
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Let there be no mistake, all ofthis change hurts! But for once its the refreshing kind of change! For all of the gloomy fans that have nothing but negatives, shame on you! As a flames fan I've been waiting for this day for at least 6 years! We have 3 first rounders regardless of where we end up! Most likely a top 3! We have unloaded almost 15000000 off of the books and will unload probably another 3 this summer! This can be a quick rebuild! We have Sven and horak waiting in the wings. many(namely sieloff kulak culkin Wotherspoon and ramage) as a waaay bright d future! Gillies brossoit and our 2 European goalies! Some ok college prospects from our deals this week as well as Jankowski and Reinhart etc. so much to look forward to and we didn't tank every yr like the oil did and lowes miserable effort! There will be many teams unloading players in the summer because they are so tight Against the cap and we have the dough to get them! This is an exciting day! At draft time we will have much to barter with and forgot to mention the 5th rounder for comeau who I wasn't impressed with , and who we got for free on wavers anyways! If you're a flames can it is a good day and there will be many ahead of us!

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#186 Bucknuck
April 03 2013, 04:45PM
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I've spent the last week telling everyone that the Oilers have to go for it. Quit trading away players for picks and actually have the balls to try and make it to the playoffs.

That starts tonight. Oilers 5, Flames 2

If the Flames win tonight a little part of me is going to die.

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#187 Will
April 03 2013, 04:45PM
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All this Flames bashing is nice. But we haven't really proven our rebuild works. Just because we have a shot to take 8th spot tonight, with a few games remaining in a shortened season, is not going to be my mark for a successful rebuild.

It would be easy to lose sight that Management still has work to do to really improve this team, build around the talent we've acquired through the draft, and be mentioned in the same conversations as LA, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.

Our goal is not 8th in the west, our goal is the cup. I think we still have a ways to go to get there, and none of those roads involve doing nothing on days like today.

I have to give Columbus credit for doing more than nothing. Someone in their organization said they were going to make the playoffs this year, then went out on trade day and did what they thought would get it done. Plus they have three first round picks in the draft this year. So knowing that, feel free to keep applauding the Edmonton rebuild, and laugh in the inferior Flames collective Feaster faces. I'm gonna hold off a little bit.

Wait, no I'm not. Calgary sucks.

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#188 Shredder
April 03 2013, 04:51PM
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Q wrote:

Let there be no mistake, all ofthis change hurts! But for once its the refreshing kind of change! For all of the gloomy fans that have nothing but negatives, shame on you! As a flames fan I've been waiting for this day for at least 6 years! We have 3 first rounders regardless of where we end up! Most likely a top 3! We have unloaded almost 15000000 off of the books and will unload probably another 3 this summer! This can be a quick rebuild! We have Sven and horak waiting in the wings. many(namely sieloff kulak culkin Wotherspoon and ramage) as a waaay bright d future! Gillies brossoit and our 2 European goalies! Some ok college prospects from our deals this week as well as Jankowski and Reinhart etc. so much to look forward to and we didn't tank every yr like the oil did and lowes miserable effort! There will be many teams unloading players in the summer because they are so tight Against the cap and we have the dough to get them! This is an exciting day! At draft time we will have much to barter with and forgot to mention the 5th rounder for comeau who I wasn't impressed with , and who we got for free on wavers anyways! If you're a flames can it is a good day and there will be many ahead of us!

You sound like an Oilers fan in the fall of 2010...you may not have had to tank every year like the Oilers did, but that's only because there's lots of time left to do that. Like the next 2-3 years.

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#189 Shredder
April 03 2013, 04:55PM
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Will wrote:

All this Flames bashing is nice. But we haven't really proven our rebuild works. Just because we have a shot to take 8th spot tonight, with a few games remaining in a shortened season, is not going to be my mark for a successful rebuild.

It would be easy to lose sight that Management still has work to do to really improve this team, build around the talent we've acquired through the draft, and be mentioned in the same conversations as LA, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.

Our goal is not 8th in the west, our goal is the cup. I think we still have a ways to go to get there, and none of those roads involve doing nothing on days like today.

I have to give Columbus credit for doing more than nothing. Someone in their organization said they were going to make the playoffs this year, then went out on trade day and did what they thought would get it done. Plus they have three first round picks in the draft this year. So knowing that, feel free to keep applauding the Edmonton rebuild, and laugh in the inferior Flames collective Feaster faces. I'm gonna hold off a little bit.

Wait, no I'm not. Calgary sucks.

Good call. I will eat some humble pie, despite this being my 200th post on this GDB alone...I obviously got riled up. We have lots of work to do in the coming years. We want a contender, not the one playoff experience that Stamkos got, only to be back in the basement.

Sigh, well at least we've got a good game to watch tonight.

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#190 NewAgeSys
April 03 2013, 05:01PM
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Hard,simple,safe,fast,and accurate, that is how we need to focus tonight, nothng else just these aspects of our system execution and we are on track, the coaches are prepared and the men are prepared, there should be a 100% effort to be consistant with our cerebral muscle memory right now, just a full 60 mins of cerebral muscle memory.

We will be prepared for this game as we are now focused on doing correctly, we will inflict our system upon them and when they react to us we will strike them immediatly with pre-planned dynamic offense.

The only changes Calgary will make is they will try to stop our d-men from joining the playactions so much. Its all they can do, forecheck aggressively, and with our back-end managment now we are in a dominant position if they try to do this. They might get dirty but I doubt it, they will likely be willing to play river hockey with us, they dont understand the evoluton we have made , if they give us one for one free-flowing possesions we will bury them early, often, and deeply.

I cant think of any advice to give Ralph and the men, they are dialed in and dont need to be messed at the moment.

Game on, I think they try to run and gun with us and it is an 8-3 game with Gagner getting five points and MPS a hattrick.

Pound the hell out of them. No mercy, they ran the scores up on us for many many years. Just beat them down for Oilers teams of the past.

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#191 MAc962
April 03 2013, 05:03PM
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drdoogie16 wrote:

Unfortunately, I have to travel to 'the chuck' a fair bit for work so have the pleasure of listening to Jason Gregor on the 1260 when I'm up there. Guy is an idiot. I guess he's the best 'radio' guy they can find in that city so that pretty much speaks for itself. I realize as the 'local guy' there is a certain amount of bias - see Steinberg here in Calgary - but wearing your heart on your sleeve doesn't mean that any unintelligent drool can froth from between your lips. Nobody from Edmonton should either take a run at another hockey team with their fantastic overall record over the past 20 years or even worse comment on that persons domicile. Anyone, I have ever met that visit or now live in that city call it like it is - flat, dirty, rough, gross, dirty, flat, industrial - you get the picture. Maybe start a fresh take with some substance and let's start an exchange from that.

Dont like it, dont come here. Flat Dirty Gross, are you talking about your old lady or your mama ? Your City isn't that great my friend, i had, repeat HAD to live there for a few years...

uptight bunch of wannbee's... How's that crime rate their now? ahh... just what i thought...

Go drive your BMW thats leased thru the nines... watch for the tail lights on my truck in your mirror ready to drive over you. Just like Oilers will do to the Flames for the next decade.

You Cowtown are now the Joke of the NHL. And of most outside of Hockey.

EAT S*IT Calgary whoo hooo what a paradise. lol... barf.

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#192 blueblood
April 03 2013, 05:03PM
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Gregor when are you gonna do a draft analysis and what it means for the oil in our conference and maybe even moving forward?

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#193 Will
April 03 2013, 05:05PM
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Shredder wrote:

Good call. I will eat some humble pie, despite this being my 200th post on this GDB alone...I obviously got riled up. We have lots of work to do in the coming years. We want a contender, not the one playoff experience that Stamkos got, only to be back in the basement.

Sigh, well at least we've got a good game to watch tonight.

Thanks,

I find it really tough to make a judgement call on our management either way, because for every positive, there seems to be a negative. And for every negative, their seems to be a damn good reason if you dig further than what it takes to be successful GM on NHL 13.

Very quietly, management essentially upgraded the fourth line, which was a glaring hole at the beginning of the year. Because of that we're able to roll all four lines, and give our top line breaks, keeping them fresh and ready to light up the competition.

I do think for a lot of people, this is the last year. Make the playoffs or not, the team has shown improvement, but this has to be it. If we are not firmly in the playoffs, and even winning a few series next season, then clearly our management needs to go. Plain and simple.

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#194 mharco
April 03 2013, 05:07PM
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backburner wrote:

Hey Oiler fans,

Do you think you have exclusive rights to suck every year for high round draft picks?

Screw you! The Flames will prove that they can do it even worse than you, just to prove a point!!

The New Battle of Alberta!

And just like that he climbs off the Flames bandwagon.

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#195 Eulers
April 03 2013, 05:13PM
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Dear Flames,

Welcome to the AHL!

Love,

The 2010 OIlers

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#196 Randaman
April 03 2013, 05:13PM
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Obviously feeling a little cocky and vendictive today Gregor? Be careful because cockiness usually turns around and bites you in the ass. Guaranteeing wins is a little above your talent level I think and by the way I've always been an Oiler fan.

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#197 Eddie Edmonton
April 03 2013, 05:23PM
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Bosna just revoked Mujo's citizenship.

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#198 The Oilers Shot Clock
April 03 2013, 05:29PM
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I was on the red mile when they lost game 7. Great night. "That Gelinas goal was in!...there shouldn't have even been a game 7". Ahhhh.....memories.

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#199 A-Mc
April 03 2013, 05:36PM
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I cant kick a wounded animal. Calgary is well aware of how sucky a rebuild can be, the Oil have suffered for a long time and still arent out of the storm.

Good luck with the rebuild Flames, tear it apart and build as much as u can in the 1st year. Development time is a b!tch.

GDP: Oil win. Doesnt matter the score but i think itll be close.

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#200 Scary Gary
April 03 2013, 05:47PM
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I usually don't get into the whole ownership, president, GM debate but it is unreasonable as an owner to expect your GM to turn a team around in one year. It scares the hell out of me.

Maybe Bryan Murray could do it but not Feaster.

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