Sunday, October 31, 2010

What a mess! Possible moves coming??


What a mess!


Mess- a state of confusion and disorderliness


The Flames have been bad the past few games. The only reason why it is not worse is because we happened to hold on and defeat the Oilers after blowing a 3 goal lead.
Here is a quick and painful run down; Come out, look good, score a goal or 2 and then tank it! Defensive collapses, offensive zone penalties and lack of self-belief are just a few of the Flames obvious issues. So what do you do? Yell and scream? Nah the fans will do that…fire the coaching staff? Haven’t we tried that?? Yes we have and it hasn’t change much. So what is it, leadership? Many people are calling for “trades” Ok; But which players and to what team? Keep in mind we have 11 players on the current roster with a “no trade” or “no movement clause” making it extremely difficult to find a team and get some reasonable value back in return! But let’s say we do find a trading partner, what can you get in return for our players that will fix the issues this team has?


Face it right now guys like Regehr, Staios and Sarich are valuable in their own way but not if you are looking to get a significant piece in return. Ian White (with the Giordano contract) could be on his way out. But I believe, IF he was to be traded, Sutter would wait till the deadline where his value would be at its peak, and if the team is in contention he will not be moved at all and probably walk at UFA. So what about Hagman or Stajan… Well Stajan signed that extension and D. Sutter will probably not move him that fast. So Hagman, the speedy winger who, in my opinion, fits better in the Eastern conference and on a team that is more offensive minded is a possibility to be dealt. But can he get us a return that shakes up this team? Not in my opinion, so let’s then focus our attention to Iginla. There are lots of “trade rumours” and “predictions” floating around him. Does he have value? For sure he does, a team like LA, Pittsburgh and the New York rangers would love to add him and the Flames could get an established player, a good prospect/young guy and a high pick in return for Iginla. So is that what the Flames should do? “NO” is the answer! We are 11 games into the 2010-2011 season, 11 games that mean 71 games to go, 142 points left to be grabbed.
This team needs to solve its issues from within, and if they can’t then they will finish the season disappointed as a group together. It is true, it is still extremely early into the season and although it is a mess now and November only has the Flames playing 4 home games, it can be resolved from within and I believe it will. Once Iginla realizes he is not the 50 goal scorer he was and adjust his game and allows himself to be the leader that he is, and guys like Bourque, Hagman and Bouwmeester find that consistency in their game this team will win games. The Flames will also need a game where they are down 2-0 after the first period and fight back to take the lead and win the game 3-2! It’s all about confidence and trust. I know it is easy for me to sit here and say this and I get that, but it is also easy for someone to make the trades and call for people’s heads. But we all have that right as fans of a hockey team! Although we probably don’t all agree and see it the same way, we all want the same thing and that is success for this team!


This is my view as I believe it is still too early to pull the trigger but something better change quick! And on a last note please Sutter, hold on to your first round pick.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals


Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals


Projected Line Up
Tanguay - Stajan - Iginla
Hagman - Jokinen - Bourque
Glencross - Backlund - Morrison
Meyer - Conroy - Jackman

Regehr - White
Bouwmeester - Giordano
Sarich – Mikkelson


Kiprusoff (S)
Karlsson


Power Play
Flames 13.3%- Capitals 10.5%
Penalty Kill
Flames 87.8% - Capitals 88.9%

Keys to a Flames Victory
The Flames need to rebound from a tumultuous loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Thursday night. They have given up 5 leads in the past two games. Fortunately, they won against the Oilers, Tuesday night. Without question, our defensive play needs to be fixed. They’ve shown that they can score goals. They also need to show that they protect leads and win games. They need to be able to play the full 60 minutes. It was so inconsistent. You don’t win games in the first period and a half. The Flames and Caps are identical with 10 GP, 6 W, 4 L, 12PTS. Caps are a very offensive team. With Ovechkin a little more quiet then usual lately, the Flames need to take advantage on it and the defense for this game is more crucial than ever.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Flames VS AVS and Injury update! Plus Conny's Achievement


Calgary Flames (6-3-0) VS Colorado Avalanche (4-4-1)
7:30pm Scotiabank Saddledome
Radio: FAN960AM TV: TSN (HD)
North West division match up
1000th NHL Game for former Flames captain Craig Conroy!




Forward Lines:
Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla
Hagman(Sutter)-Jokinen-Bourque
Glencross-Backlund-Morrison
Conroy-Meyer-Jackman
D-Pairings:
Giordano-Sarich
Bouwmeester-Mikkelson
Regehr-White
Goaltenders:
Karlsson (S)
Kiprusoff
Hagman is a game time decision, seems to have the flu or is a little banged up.

Power Play:
Flames-11.9% Avalanche-21.9%
Penalty Kill:
Flames-88.6% Avalanche-75.0%


Keys to a Flames victory, do not let the “conroy ceremony” make your legs dead. Come out hard after the ceremony and put pucks in Budaj’s feet. With the Anderson injury for Colorado the Flames must make the evening a tough one on Budaj. Do not let the Avalanche defence get comfortable with Budaj behind them, they are used to Anderson and let’s see if we can make both Budaj and Graham play tonight! Colorado average over 32 shots per game, we must find a way to minimize that and play in their zone!

Things to watch, Stewart and Hejduk are both sizzling hot and must be contained by the likes of Regehr and Sarich. The Avs are without some toughness in Foote and Koci meaning the Flames can pick on some of their youngsters and play a very physical game hopefully making them wilt! The biggest thing I am going watch is the Flames confidence in front of Karlsson! He showed he can play and the team really likes him so I wonder if we see the team take that confidence and play the way they should and do in front of Kiprusoff for Karlsson.

Injury update:
Hagman- Game time decision (maintenance)
Ivanans- Started skating (concussion)
Pardy- Still a ways a way for now
Moss- Could be in on Saturday if needed, most likely will play next week.
Kotalik- the “boot” is off, he should begin skating soon.

With the Heat:
Pelech- injured his shoulder waiting on MRI results
Cameron- Out day to day for now
Irving- tweaked his knee. Does not appear to be too serious right now
Negrin- Surgery will be out 6 weeks at least

GO FLAMES GO

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

GAME #7 / Oilers vs Flames LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to the LIVE TweetCast of the Edmonton Oilers vs the Calgary Flames. This LIVE TweetCast is brought to you br OilersJambalaya.com, OilFieldHockey.com and FlamesJambalaya.

TONIGHTS OILERS LINES

Penner/Gagner/Hemsky
Paajarvi/Horcoff/Eberle
Hall/Cogliano/Brule
Jones/Fraser/MacIntyre

Whitney/Gilbert
Smid/Strudwick
Peckham/Foster

Khabibulin

TONIGHTS FLAMES LINES

Tanguay - Stajan - Iginla
Hagman - Jokinen - Bourque
Glencross - Backlund - Morrison
Meyer - Conroy - Jackman

Regehr - White
Giordano - Sarich
Bouwmeester - Staios

Kiprusoff

THE SEASON SERIES

This is the third of six meetings between the teams. The Oilers earned a 4-0 victory at Rexall Place in the season opener, but the Flames answered with a 5-3 victory in Calgary nine days later.

OILERS (2-4-0) at FLAMES (5-3-0)

Battle of Alberta RD3


Calgary Flames (5-3-0) VS Edmonton Oilers (2-4-0)
7pm Scotiabank Saddledome
Radio: FAN960AM TV: SNET-W (HD)

ROUND 3



Forward Lines:
Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla
Hagman-Jokinen-Morrison
Glencross-Backlund-Bourque
Conroy-Meyer-Jackman
D-Pairings:
Giordano-Sarich
Bouwmeester-Staios
Regehr-White
Goaltenders:
Kiprusoff (S)
Karlsson

Power Play:
Flames-8.1% Oilers-14.7%
Penalty Kill:
Flames-90.6% Oilers-66.7%

Keys to a Flames victory, again come out hard. The Oilers have lost 4 straight and their confidence is shaken, do not let them gain any! The Oilers average over 32 shots against per game; the Flames must put the puck on net and force the Oilers speedy forwards to play deep in their own zone. Flames must also continue their strong face off success against the Oilers and control the game from the get go.
Things to keep an eye on, Taylor Hall has yet to find the back of the net and should be biting at the bit to shoot any puck he can get a stick on. Flames are finally getting to play more games without a few days breaks in between and hopefully we see consistency as a result. Keep an eye on Bourque everything he does right now turn into gold and hopefully that continues.
GO FLAMES GO

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flames VS Sharks GAME DAY POST


Calgary Flames (4-3-0) VS San Jose Sharks (3-2-1)
6pm at Scotiabank Saddledome
Radio: Fan960am TV: SNET-W


Forward Lines:
Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla
Hagman-Jokinen-Morrison
Glencross-Backlund-Bourque
Conroy-Meyer-Jackman
D-Pairings:
Giordano-Sarich
Bouwmeester-Mikkelson
Regehr-White
Goaltenders:
Kiprusoff (S)
Karlsson


Power Play:
Flames-6.4% Sharks-33%
Penalty Kill:
Flames-90% Sharks-84.6%


Keys to a Flames victory, consistency, sounds simple but this team can look like 3 different teams in one game. Come out with energy and show the Sharks whose home it is! Like always the first goal is critical but the Flames are a much more contained and disciplined team when they play with the lead. Continue the solid PK and switch things up on the PP, not sure what, maybe include Jackman on a unit and use his energy and size. Defense will need to be very physical when San Jose enters the offensive zone and minimise the quality scoring chances for the Sharks high octane offense.


Things to keep an eye on, San Jose played last night against a young Oilers team and had no issue defeating them. Fatigue could play in effect in the later stages of the game since it is a 6pm puck drop and the Sharks played a late game last night. The Sharks power play vs the Flames penalty kills will be interesting both are currently rocking their respective category. Another area of concern and too look out for is the “face offs” San Jose has a success rate of 57.3% while the Flames success rate is 46.9%.
GO FLAMES GO

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Sarich Sarich Sarich how nice it is to have you back!

Finally Sarich gets to defend himself by playing and he proves that we were right about him.

Let’s dive right in. In the off-season, we all focused on which d-man would be traded to bring in a goal scorer and perhaps clear some cap space. The name that came up a lot was Cory Sarich. With his 3.6 mill dollar cap hit and lack of “point production” he seemed a logical choice. No defence man was dealt and no real goal scorer was brought in so fans and the media turned their focus to who would be sent down to the AHL. Once again Sarich’s name came up, but due to all the injuries nothing transpired again. Then a young man by the name of T.J Brodie made the team after a stellar pre-season campaign. So we knew with 8 d-men on the roster that someone was going to sit and this time Sarich couldn’t dodge it, and sat the first 3 games of the season. Some agreed and some like us didn’t like the move at all.
Since joining the Calgary Flames in 2007, Sarich has posted a plus minus of +21 in 214 games played. Sarich did not get to 751 games played by being a sub-par defence man who jumped from job to job. He is a dependable physical stay at home player, who, in my opinion is a top 6 defence man on any NHL team. So why did he sit the first 3 games? It’s hard to say, some reports surfaced he had an ankle injury but yet he was practicing. Some believed the Flames were pushing him to accept a trade and waive his “no movement clause” and some just said he is not good enough to be a top 6 on this team. Regardless majority of the fans agreed with him not playing until Pardy went down and Staios was the replacement than more questions were asked, and again no real answer was found. But now after 5 games played and Sarich being in the last 2 games, we see the importance of having Sarich in the line-up and hopefully the rumours will subside and when Pardy gets healthy, either Staios or Pardy fills that 7 d-man spot or goes down to the AHL.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Flames vs Predators GAME DAY!


Calgary Flames (2-2-0) Nashville Predators (3-0-1)
6:00pm Bridgestone Center
Radio: Fan960AM TV: SNET-CGY (HD)


Forward Lines:
Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla
Hagman-Jokinen-Morrison
Glencross-Backlund-Bourque
Conroy-Meyer-Jackman
D-Pairings:
Giordano-Sarich
Bouwmeester-Staios
Regehr-White
Goaltenders:
Kiprusoff (S)
Karlsson

Power Play:
Flames-11.8% Predators-21.0%
Penalty Kill:
Flames-87.5% Predators-64.3%


Keys for a Flames victory, continue their high energy and pressure game from the Edmonton game on Saturday. Faceoff success the Flames dominated the Oilers in the face off dot and created some good chances doing so, match that and goals will come. Discipline needs to be better, I feel this team can and will need to stay out of the box more. And last thing is make the Nashville defence men work and work hard. Nashville has a very skilled and tough d-core so make them play deep in their zone and break them down!

Things to keep an eye on, how will Bourque be? First game back after a head injury and in all his recent interviews does not sound confident he is ready to go. Iginla scored last game and hopefully this will light him up, he has had some success playing against the Preds so maybe he will again tonight. Nashville averages 34.2 shots per game so look for the Flames defence to be very physical early.

The Rumour Front:The Calgary Flames sent down TJ Brodie to the Abbotsford Heat and 20min later grabbed Brendan Mikkelson off of waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. This could mean the Flames did not like the development process with Brodie and want him to develop in the AHL. And with the Negrin injury and Kronwall being gone they wanted some depth to cover that hole. Or like a lot of people are speculating a bigger move could be in the works. We don’t know but with Sutter as a GM anything is possible.

GO FLAMES GO

Saturday, October 16, 2010

B.O.A ROUND 2


“Battle of Alberta”

Calgary Flames (1-2-0) VS Edmonton Oilers (2-1-0)

Scotiabank Saddledome 8:00PM

Radio: Fan 960AM TV: CBC (HD)


Forward Lines:
Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla
Hagman-Jokinen-Morrison
Glencross-Backlund-Jackman
Meyer-Sutter-Conroy
D-Pairings:
Regehr-White
Bouwmeester-Giordano
Staios/Sarich/Brodie
Goaltenders:
Kiprusoff (S)
Karlsson

Expect line juggling, some lines may be different at puck drop. Clearly the Tanguay-Jokinen-Iginla line has not been working and that is why Stajan moves up to the first line, how long do you wait? Pardy, Bourque, Kotalik, Ivanans, Langkow and Stone all remain out of the line up with injuries.

Keys to success for the Flames, where to begin… the Flames have to be more competitive in all aspects of the game. I know I sound like a broken record but the power play has to start producing and creating momentum! The Flames will face an aggressive penalty kill just like the PK we seen from Florida, they must outwork the PK! Focus on getting the puck on goal, the Flames 5 on 5 play has not been good and instead of gaining the zone and turning back, players like Iginla, Jokinen and Hagman should be driving to the net. Shots shots shots get that puck on net!

Things to watch, watch the #1 line, their compete level has not been there and hopefully they have a chip on their shoulders and we see a more dominating line. The Flames will want to make it a long tough night on Khabibulin. I predict Khabibulin will see the body of Jackman or Glencross on top of him early into the game! This is a game the Flames have to win and I am sure the team will be fired up. On a last note I hope Sarich is in over Staios and that’s the way it should have been last game too! UPDATE: Starting to look like Brodie could be the odd man out.

GO FLAMES GO

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Flames vs Panthers (Iggy,Kippy VS Vokoun)


Calgary Flames (1-1-0) VS Florida Panthers (0-2-0)
7:30pm Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary
Radio: Fan960am TV: SNET-CGY (HD)


Forward Lines:Tanguay-Jokinen-Iginla
Hagman-Stajan-Morrison
Glencross-Backlund-Jackman
Meyer-Sutter-Conroy
D-Pairings:
Regehr-White
Bouwmeester-Giordano
Staios-Brodie
Goaltenders:Kiprusoff (S)
Karlsson

Sarich remains a “healthy scratch” (if he is healthy I believe he should play over Staios and Pardy) Stajan returns from a shoulder injury while Kotalik, Stone, Langkow, Bourque, Pardy and Ivanans remain out with injuries.

Keys to success for the Flames, create confidence and success on the power play. Also the “#1” line of Iginla, Jokinen and Tanguay has to start producing and showing why the coach has them playing together. And continue the solid Penalty Kill.

Things to watch
: Higgins, Stillman and Reinprecht return to the dome as former Flames players. While Bouwmeester, Jokinen and Meyer play their old club tonight! Also keep an eye on Hordichuk and Jackman, although Jackman just got some dental work done I still see these two dropping the gloves! In the Past we have also seen Vokoun show his displeasure with Iginla; will we see that again tonight? Don’t forget Staios and Stajan will play their first game of the year, so let’s see in what “game” condition they will be in.

GO FLAMES GO

Monday, October 11, 2010

2 Games Down, Injuries Continue

After the first couple games!

Well the Flames have concluded their first home and first away game of the season going 1-1-0. Both games were completely different compared to each other. Clearly the Calgary Flames did not match the energy of the Oilers at Rexall place and the result was not pretty, losing 4-0 to a young inexperienced but fast and crafty team and it did not sit well with the fans as Sutter’s head was being chopped already! The Second game against the Kings was a much better result winning 3-1 with a solid overall defensive game. The power play continues to not produce and the Flames have made their recent practices all about the special teams’ play. Good thing at least the penalty kill has shown up as a result or else our record could be 0-2-0. Kiprusoff looks great! And unlike other years he is playing at his top level from the start of the season. Now only if we could say the same about Iginla and the rest of the top line…

Although we won the game against the Kings on Sunday evening, we did lose 2 players to injury; Rene Bourque (concussion) and Pardy (Shoulder) also we lost Kronwall from the Heat as he returns to Sweden to play there and be with his family. With the Bourque injury it will probably result in either Cunning or Rheault being recalled from Abbotsford until either Bourque or Stajan (who appears to be getting closer) returns. Now with Pardy, it will most likely mean Sarich checks in finally! I believe sitting Sarich over Pardy was not a good decision from the get go but unlike most, I do believe Sarich has/had a lingering leg injury that he was/is still trying to shake off. Flames do not play until Thursday against the Panthers so a call up could come Tuesday morning! Overall the play of Conroy, Brodie and Meyer has impressed me. I really wanted to focus on those 3 players as they were on the bubble for most of the pre-season but I defiantly can see why they made the team. Conroy in his one game looked hungry and played as a younger kid not as a 39 year old man. Same with Morisson I think he has shown why he got a contract and what he could provide. Pardy and Jokinen to me looked weak and sloppy both games. For Pardy, it resulted in an injury.

I also wanted to touch on a few rumours that have surfaced/suggested. Souray, Cogliano for Glencross and Sarich was a wild one that came about. I liked the rumour; I thought if it was not for the cap issues I would make that move. That trade would have helped our power play and would have added a little bit of youth and speed! With guys like Sutter and Meyer stepping up, a guy like Glencross would have been expendable in that role. Realistically this trade made little sense from a financial side and if this rumour was ever true I imagine that is what killed it. Also some are suggesting that the Flames should talk with Owen Nolan to fill the void that will be left by Bourque’s injury. I like Nolan and I like what he can bring and I bet he feels he has some unfinished business with the Flames, so I would do it. But with his age it would bring back the OLD MEN jokes around the league.

At last, I hope we can make the Saddledome a tough place to play for visiting teams. Last night was a good start. The power play has struggled but once it gets going, combined with our penalty kill we can become a force to be reckoned with. I believe in this team and a top 5 play-off spot (call me crazy) is reachable for this club!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Opening Night / Oilers vs Flames / Battle of Alberta / LIVE TweetCast

**LIVE TweetCast Presented by OilersJambalaya.com and by OilFieldHockey.com**


Welcome to the 1st regular season, LIVE TweetCast. Tonight's game is the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Calgary Flames. This should be a great Battle of Alberta and... it's opening night!

Calgary Flames (0-0-0) at Edmonton Oilers (0-0-0)






Wednesday, October 6, 2010

IT'S TIME FLAMES FANS


It’s Time

Well the “longer than hoped” off season is officially over and it is now time to show we are a better team! Lots have been said and jokes have been made but one can’t help but feel optimistic. We know we need to score more and hopefully the additions of Tanguay and Jokinen together with Iginla, Hagman and a healthy Stajan will rejuvenate this team offensively. We should be fine defensively just like last year. The Flames didn’t change much back there and the emergence of Brodie will add a young spark back there. Also Henrik “CT” Karlsson, will hopefully be the back-up tender we have been searching for.

All we as fans can do now is sit back watch and cheer on our beloved Flames, there will be some ups and some downs but I do feel unlike last year we will be there come playoff time.

With Langkow on the LTIR we are under the cap to begin the year by $33,000! Underneath you will find the Calgary Flames current roster. Also we hope you will join us for the ride and we promise to keep you up to date with all this Flames all season long! GO FLAMES GO

Flames Opening Day Roster:

http://flames.nhl.com/club/roster.htm

Monday, October 4, 2010

Flames sign Morrison and Waive Pelech


Flames sign Brendan Morrison, why and what does this mean? Also Pelech on waivers!

The Calgary Flames signed centre Brendan Morrison to a one year $750,000 contract on Monday! The reasoning is simple, with all the injuries Sutter looked at Morrison as a cheap reliable and veteran guy who could fill a centre position and also provide some offence and creativity. Morrison was cut on Sunday by the Canucks from his pro try out with the club and quickly became a target by Flames fans to be the guy that joins the team due to the recent injuries.

Looking at it with a fresh eye it clearly states guys such as Langkow and Stajan will not return any day soon. Also I have a tough time seeing negatives to this signing, yes he is “old” and his best days are behind him but maybe this means Naslund is next and we can say we had the big 3 from the Canucks in the past! To me this signing completely makes sense and it shows Sutter is not sitting back and hoping guys like Sutter, Conroy and Backlund can find magic and bridge the gap until Stajan and Langkow get healthy.

On another note the Flames waived d-man Matt Pelech in hopes that he will clear and play in Abbotsford to start the year. Pelech did not impress or play his game in the pre-season and probably needs some more time to get confortable and get his confidence back after his health issues last year!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oilers vs Flames LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to the last pre-season game between the Oilers and the Flames LIVE TweetCast.

CHURCH OF EBERLE PREVIEW

TONIGHT'S OILERS STARTING LINES

Penner - Cogliano - Eberle
Giroux - Gagner - Brule
Omark - Fraser - Jones
MacIntyre - O'Marra - Ondrus

Smid - Peckham
Strudwick - Gilbert
Petiot - Belle

Deslauriers
Dubnyk

TONIGHTS FLAMES STARTING LINES

Tanguay - Jokinen - Iginla
Hagman - Backlund - Bourque
Glencross - Meyer - Jackman
Ivanans - Sutter - Conroy

Regehr - White
Bouwmeester - Giordano
Brodie - Pardy

Kiprusoff
Karlsson


SportsnetOne Channel Listings

Television Provider       SD    HD
Shaw Cable                    320    301   (Regular Shaw Cable)
Shaw Direct Classic      413    452   (Star Choice Customers)
Shaw Direct Advanced 108    396
TELUS Optik TV          108    679
Cable TV of Camrose   117    247

EDMONTON OILERS (4-1-0) at CALGARY FLAMES (6-0-0)

Oilers vs Flames LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to the last pre-season game between the Oilers and the Flames LIVE TweetCast.

CHURCH OF EBERLE PREVIEW

TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Penner - Cogliano - Eberle
Giroux - Gagner - Brule
Omark - Fraser - Jones
MacIntyre - O'Marra - Ondrus
Smid - Peckham
Strudwick - Gilbert
Petiot - Belle

Deslauriers
Dubnyk

GOILERS!!!


SportsnetOne Channel Listings

Television Provider       SD    HD
Shaw Cable                    320    301   (Regular Shaw Cable)
Shaw Direct Classic      413    452   (Star Choice Customers)
Shaw Direct Advanced 108    396
TELUS Optik TV          108    679
Cable TV of Camrose   117    247

Saturday, October 2, 2010

After 6 pre-season games


Flames undefeated pre-season continues, but so do the injuries!

The Flames are 6-0-0 this pre-season after defeating the young and fast Oilers by a 5-1 score on Friday night in Edmonton. It never hurts to win a game even if it is a pre-season game but injuries take a toll and the Flames have plenty of them right now! Tonight, Kotalik and Moss join Stajan, Langkow, Stone and Jokinen as injured players… and all are forwards. We know the Calgary Flames are a deep team when it comes to defensemen. But we have not drafted in the top 15 since we drafted Phaneuf meaning we are fairly skinny come talented forwards. Players such as Sutter, Cunning, Rheault, Backlund and Meyer (who are all still in camp), could be asked to fill some big shoes and help offensively once the season starts. As much as we can sit here and complain about injuries, they happen, and more injuries will occur! So do we trade Regehr to fill a much needed top 6 forward spot? I do not think we should but I know a lot of Flames fans believe we should! Rumours keep swirling that Regehr will waive his “no movement clause” for the right team, but who is the right team? Although we do not know the severity of any of the current injuries it looks like come next Thursday some young men will have to step up and fill the void!

Now I want to focus on some positives; Iginla continues to light the lamp and his chemistry with Tanguay seems to be back as Tanguay has assisted 3 of Iginla’s 4 pre-season goals, and has 5 assists so far. T.J. Brodie also keeps going; he played over 20 minutes, made some smooth plays and had a couple shots on target including the 5th goal of the game for the Flames. This kid is going to be another Giordano in a couple of years! And how can I talk about positives without mentioning the calm cool stud “CT” Henrik Karlsson, again with a solid performance in goal for the Flames and he may be that back up we have been looking for the past few years. And finally Backlund- this guy to me is ready; he skates at an NHL level, shoots like an NHLer and carries himself as a true professional! It is no secret that he has a lot to learn, but to me, sending him down will not help him become an all-around NHL player. With all the injuries, this is the time the organization has to let a young guy step in for once and use his energy and creativeness, yes he will make some mistakes but I am all for him learning at the NHL level. I believe he is ready!
The Flames have one more pre-season game and then on Thursday the real dance begins. We do not know the roster yet but my gut tells me we will have at least 3 first year players making the team.

On a last side note I am disgusted by Oilers fans and how they booed Staios at some stages of the game! The guy played 533 games for the organization and laid everything on the line every night! But I guess it is his fault that they were the joke of the NHL last year, right?
Flames Jambalaya is in no way, shape or form associated with the Calgary Flames Hockey Club or the AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. This is a fans blog for fans. We just happen to love the Flames, so we write about it.