Friday, May 13, 2016

Offseason Goalie Addition

If there was on the glaring eyesore of the Flames above anything else, it was the goaltending.  Even though Treliving never came out and said so, you know this was a huge disappointment.  No matter how many times Burke and Treliving came to the goalies' defense, you know they were thinking the same thing.

Game after game, there was at least one goalie blunder, if not more.  It became a running joke, how many stinker goals would be scored in the game.  It was not a matter of if, but how many.  It was a huge distraction to the team, especially the defense, who had to walk on eggshells.  The defencemen must have felt like they were in the Twilight Zone. Consider this: they were pretty much the last defense because the goalies were like a sieve.

So what is the solution? We could consider using Ortio and Gillies.  Uh, let's pretend I didn't just say that.  Instead, let's go ahead and do some goalie shopping.

The three I expect to be contacted:

1. Michal Neuvirth
   
If the Flyers do not sign him, the Flames have to consider it.  He was fantastic in the Caps series. He was the player of the game in the last three games. He is a consistent goalie who keeps the angles. I love his positional play.

2. James Reimer

Reimer had three shutouts with the Sharks during the regular season.  He proved how good he was with a solid defense in front of him. I suspect the Flames to contact James this offseason.

3. Frederik Andersen

Probably the best goalie available in market next season.  I am just not sure if the Flames would be willing to pay the price to obtain him.  I suspect that they will go another route.

Final Word

A little birdie told me the Flames will talk to the Bolts about Bishop.  The price will be high, but the Flames might be willing to pay that price. Burke feels this team is very close to being a contender, and Bishop might be the chip that will make us a contender.  Two more names: Cam Ward and Darcy Kuemper.

What do you think?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Offseason Questions

GENERAL MANAGER COACHING OF THE FLAMES
So who replaces Bob Hartley? First of all, we have to try to figure out what direction this team wants to go in. Do we want another disciplinarian? Maybe a people's coach, one who a little easier on his players' work. Or in others words, a player's coach. We know Hartley was... well... a grumpy Coach (cannot say hard***, a family blog site, you know.) The Flames might not want to go that route again. So let's play General Manager, shall we?

There are plenty of names our there who would make excellent candidates. Here are some names, not in any particular order.

BOB BOUGHNER
Bob is my pick. I wanted him before Hartley. Bob is a solid hockey mind. He is a no-nonsense guy. He is a reliable communicator with young players.

KEVIN DINEEN
Kevin a was a solid two-way player. He played in all aspects of the game. He would be an asset in the special teams game. Particularly with the woeful penalty killing the Flames had last year.

PAUL MACLEAN
Paul had some success in Ottawa. He would be able to help right away with the Flames' powerplay. He is a people's coach, loves talking to the media and fans, and would be a solid choice for the position. I hope the Flames contact him.

TODD RICHARDS
Todd Richards is a logical choice for two reasons. One, he can relate to the players. Todd will make the players more accountable for their play in the defensive zone. There will be more of a system. Defense first, and the scoring will take care of itself. He did a solid job in his first stint; no reason why he cannot succeed in his second stint with the Flames.

DAVIS PAYNE
Payne has had four years as an assistant coach in LA. If you like how the Kings play, you have to consider Davis. Burke has said that the Flames have to get bigger and faster. Davis knows how to coach that type of player. Coach Sutter uses his assistant coaches in the practices; Davis was seriously utilized in the Kings system.





Thursday, March 31, 2016

This Concerns Me

As a Calgary Flames fan, we have to hope to lose every game. Like it or not, the tank nation is in full bloom. And as a fan, that makes common sense. But what concerns me is if the players start believing losing is acceptable.

I once talked to a source who told me this can be a major problem. The players start getting used to losing and lose their desire to do what it takes.

My source described how the process begins. Believe or not, it starts with the coaches. They get frustrated with the players, and they give up on them. They start doubting the players' ability, so they start accepting the players' failures. They start making strange coaching decisions and start second-guessing themselves.

The second problem that goes with this acceptance of failure is the superstars thinking they are better than the third and fourth line grinders.  This leads to them not working as hard in practice. The coaches have to stop this before it starts. If the coaching staff let it go, they give players the wrong message. What is the message, you ask? It's only practice. That didn't work so well for a particular basketball player.

So as a Flames fan, I understand tank nation. But I hate to say this. I do have some major concerns with tank nation. So I just want them to lose every game as long as it's not acceptable to lose.

THIS AND THAT

This
Apparently, the Flames' priority is getting a number one goalie. Of course, that is obvious. Breaking news from Sportsnet is that the Flames are trying to sign Yale goalie Alex Lyon. It is nice to see them being aggressive. Now for a little tidbit for the draft blog the Flames might seek to acquire another first rounder. They would like to draft another goalie in the draft.

That
How about how well the Flames did with the Russell trade? A solid dman, with a solid prospect and second rounder. No offense to Russell, no way did I think they could have gotten that kind of return for him.

Until next time.

Randy















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