Flames vs Avalanche
8pm @ Scotiabank Saddledome
SNET-CGY & SN960theFan
Tonight we get to see if the Flames can hand the Avalanche their first road loss of the season. With a road record of 6-0-0 and being a +6 in goal differential the Avs are feeling good!
The Flames on the other hand have had a couple good performances but have very little to show for it in points and goals. Glencross one of our better players to date players is a game time decision; but look for him not to play and see Hagman draw back in. Another guy we could see back in the line-up is Babchuk.
The hard shooting blue liner has seen very little game action this year. I know many people feel he is a bad signing but in my opinion he just has not been used properly. Anton is a #6 defence man with a good shot for the power play. At times last year he showed that he can be an above average d-man in his own zone, but you can’t rely on him for that. Give Babchuk his 12 minutes of ice time and let him blast bombs on the power play. I know that is all he is good for so I am not sure why the team and fans are so upset and expect so much more?
If you think the rumours are running rampant now; let us hope the Flames don’t lose tonight! If that is the case expect the rumours to climb to a new high starting tomorrow. With Feaster stating that he will not wait to make changes and other teams looking to shake things up (Columbus, WPG & Montreal just to name a few).
What is my take? Simple if Feaster can make the team better for this year, he will do so. Feaster and the Flames brass are committed to making the playoffs this year. With around 20 million coming off the books come July 1st, Feaster will review and re-structure the team then. But for now he wants to win and find players who can help this team today. That is why Bourque has not been moved; a lot of rumours around him and teams have made offers but Feaster will only move him if he gets real quality in return which does not hurt the Flames. Bourque has been average at best and his puck possession stats are bad so maybe a scenery change is what is needed for him. Also Brodie’s value is high and Feaster may look add him if a deal makes sense.
On the Turris front: Again more speculation that CGY has made an offer to Phoenix, but what does Calgary have that would seriously interest Phoenix? Phoenix won’t sell Turris for cheap and Phoenix can’t add more salary.
Flames lack intensity and drive, the team needs a real fourth line that does some dirty work and grinds out some tough minutes. Although I like Jackman, having this slow fourth line with a floater as your center will not get the job done.
I expect a Flames win tonight!
GO FLAMES GO