Monday, May 23, 2011

That Extra Point

Get rid of the point for a loss in extra time.
Just a quick opinion

The NHL rewards teams for an overtime and shootout loss with a single point and I can’t stand it. Not only does the road team play it safe but the last ten minutes of a regular season game becomes boring at times.

Why reward a team for a loss? Why reward a place kicker in the CFL for missing a field goal that can’t be run out? I have asked that question when I started watching CFL and now more and more each year I ask myself the same thing about hockey games. Is OT hockey good? I think it is extremely exciting and the 4 on 4 method works fine for me. I believe if you remove the extra point and reward the winning team in regulation with 3 points and 2 point for an OT/SO win the overall product would be better. I know right away many will say “but that will result some teams finishing with 140+ points at the end of the year” Sure but what does that matter. Right now many teams including the Flames seem like a better team because they gain the “loser” point more often than other teams. If you have 2 teams enter the third period tied and 3 points are up for grabs before the end of the period, I believe the intensity and overall product fans would see on the ice would be way better than it is now during the regular season!

Now the shootout, I don’t oppose against it but at the same time it is not my preferred way of ending the game. I understand the fan appeal and cool tricks you get to see. Both teams have earned a point and most times one team needs that extra point more than the other. Now could you imagine if you lose in the shootout and get no points? Maybe you are not like me, but that would once again intensify the situation and push the players to be even more creative and leave coaches scratching their heads to make sure the right guy is out there. I do understand that fans come to a game to see a team win, and I agree completely but is rewarding the losing team necessary?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Acting NO More

Acting No More

Jay’s first move as the GM is signing Curtis Glencross to a 4 year extension.
Today was announced that Jay Feaster will be the full time General Manager of the Calgary Flames moving forward. And with his first move he quickly signed Curtis Glencross to a four year 10.2 million dollar deal that includes a “no movement clause”. On a side not, also announced today, was that Craig Conroy has been extended and will serve as the “special assistant” to the GM and soon to be announced Assistant Manager of the Flames.

It was a move that began to seem inevitable- Feaster becoming the General Manager. Yet some speculation remained out there and some sensible rumours were circling that decision; but ultimately Jay got the job. Now his attention shifts to finding an assistant manager that can work alongside him. I had a feeling Michel Goulet would have been given that opportunity, and I guess that could still happen but the club is interviewing candidates and a decision is expected before the draft in June. Also on the agenda according to Jay are a “veteran” assistant coach, video coach and two goalie coach’s one being for the Abbotsford Heat. Feaster clearly stated that ultimately this will be Brent Sutter’s decision on whom, but he will be assisting Brent in finding the right guys. Some names that keep popping up are Peter DeBoer, Corey Clouston, John Stevens and one I like is John Anderson who could add a nice balance of offensive input with Brent’s defensive input. However it plays out, I am just happy that Brent is here and he gets to choose his staff!

2.55 million per season with a no movement clause…Good deal for a 28 year winger who had his best season with 24 goals after being a healthy scratch? For Glencross this clearly is, did he possible leave some money on the table? Sure, but he gets to remain in the city he loves, stays close to family and has the comfort ability of knowing he can’t be moved without being asked. Now for the Flames if Glencross can reproduce 24 goals each of the next few season than I guess you got a good deal. But as we all well know Glencross is a streaky and at some time an undisciplined forward, making me question if this was a good move. I like him as a person and his shorthanded abilities make him a threat to opposing power plays. That alone together with his work ethic at times make him an attractive commodity for this team moving forward. I did not think he would sign for under 3 million so in the end I am ok with this deal.
Does the Glencross signing mean Tanguay will not be back? Not according to Feaster who made it clear he has and will be in contact with Tanguay and his agent on getting a contract together shortly. Another asset that needs to be signed and signed quickly is Swedish D-man Tim Erixon. Erixon just finished up at the “IIHF World Championships” and impressed a lot of people including me. In my opinion he is our best prospect behind Backlund and the Flames have a deadline of June 1st 2011 to get him under contract. I expect he signs an entry level contract in the coming week and will get a great opportunity to make the team come September.

One last note I want to touch up on is that I am very excited to watch Flames prospects Joey Leach and Max Reinhart at the memorial cup with the Kootenay Ice. Max Reinhart had an incredible playoffs and hopes to continue that at the memorial cup.
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