Flames vs Rangers
Two guys who didn’t want to sign here come to the Dome tonight.
Jay Feaster went after Brad Richards hard and we know he offered him the most money. But at the end of the day Richards chose John Tortorella over playing with Iginla. Although he would have been a nice addition and Iginla would have had his number one center for the first time, fans are not as upset about that decision as the Tim Erixon one.
Erixon a former Calgary Flames first round draft pick made a scene that not many will forget. Refusing to sign and making the Flames brass fly out to New York to meet with his agent hours before the deadline. If he did not sign he would go back in to the draft and the Flames would be left with nothing. So Feaster pulled the trigger with a very adamant New York Rangers team who Tim’s dad once played for. The Rangers interestingly enough were able to sign him quick; in return the Flames got two second round picks (Granlund & Wotherspoon) and forward Roman Horak. Looking back at the fiasco maybe this didn’t turn out so bad. With that move, yes we lost a highly touted prospect but gained three possible futures NHL’ers and filling our prospect cupboard a bit.
Now we know the reason why he wouldn’t sign here; Tim Erixon felt he had no chance to make the Flames squad as there were too many d-men. Ironically he was originally cut by the Rangers but with injuries he was called back up and will find himself back in Calgary with his new team.
The Rangers come in off a convincing 4-0 win over Vancouver, not an easy task to do. That however was their first win of the year, after four games they come in here with four points in the bank and will look to continue adding to that.
Flames also come off of a win in Calgary in Tuesday where they downed the Edmonton Oilers. The Flames will have to be better if they want to knock off the New York Rangers. NY clearly has more offensive power than Edmonton and has a goaltender who can steal some wins for them. The Flames will have to be structured and capitalize on their chances, while maintaining good defensive pressure on the likes of Gaborik and Richards.
The game starts at 7:30pm and I am sure we will hear some boo`s for Erixon. For the Flames projected lines for tonight’s game; please follow @flamesjambalaya and we will get you those as soon as we know.
GO FLAMES GO