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Just a few things I wanted to touch upon following the Flames 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Thing #1: Darryl Sutter and his claim that goals against are the Flames big problem

Yes, the Flames rank 24th in the league in goals against per game. But, if you dig a little deeper you will see that these numbers are quickly skewed due to a couple blow out games. The recent 7-2 loss to the Canucks where the Flames basically gave up following the Canucks 4th goal, coupled with the Caps dismantling of the Flames on Halloween night, also a 7-2 beat down, are the two cases I speak of. Subtract those two bizarre outings and the Flames sit tied for 11th in GA. The Flames problems have never been stopping the puck – take last year as an example where the Flames finished 5th in the league for GA.

The problem in recent years, as we all know, is scoring goals. The Flames finished 29th in the league last year in that category and this year they sit 17th –which for intensive purposes is a relative success. But my problem lies with the fact that Darryl constantly tries to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes by masking the Flames real issues. I hope nobody still believes his BS. Too many years of him lying directly to fans faces. Too many years if him ‘thinking’ he knows what’s right for this team. The jig is up Darryl. The bell tolls for thee.

Thing #2: Is it sad that Henrik Karlsson’s fist pumps are one of the few reasons to get excited this season?

Every time I see Karlsson fist pump after either a win/stop/pokecheck it makes me smile. It speaks to how much he cares which is more than most of the players on this team can say 90% of the time (See: Wednesday’s 7-2 drubbing). He is young (in Flames standards), he is excited to be playing, and he seems to posses some tremendous skill at his position. He is 26 years old, which makes him tied for the 2nd youngest player on the team not including the injured Ryan Stone. Maybe Kipper’s eventual successor? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but it still begs the question: if the Flames do decide to blow up the ship, and they do trade Kipper for some prospects, could Karlsson/Irving/Keetley bear the load for a potential new look Flames team instead of bringing in some mediocre veteran back-up? I don’t think it’s too far from a possibility.

If nothing else the Flames have officially found a reliable back-up for Kiprusoff, playing very solid in three of his four starts. This is one bright spot for the team this year and most likely worth the 6th round pick they gave up to acquire him. It’s just a shame Darryl couldn’t only be in charge of acquiring goaltenders from the Sharks, because he would have that niche market locked up!

Some bright points:

Flames have won three of their last five and have points in four of their last six.

After going 1-3-2 last season against the Wild, the Flames are 2-1 against the Wild-men this season.

The Flames are 3-1 in the shootout this season. Last season they went 3-7.

Bouwmeester played 33:45 tonight. What?

Tanguay has 23 points in 26 games. Signed for $1.7 million. Darryl, you should have stopped there on July 1st.


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December 4, 2010 12:26 AM ET | Delete
Interesting comment. Love Kipper but if Karrlson can play like this in 80% of his games at 500K, just think of the talent up front we can buy for that other 5mill in cap get top prospects or move it to the front ala Jeff Carter.
December 4, 2010 12:27 AM ET | Delete
I had to bang my head off the wall after that interview. I just don't understand how he is still employed, or worse have the ability to make deals for this team.
December 4, 2010 1:17 AM ET | Delete
I think the fist pump is annoying. That is all.
December 4, 2010 11:39 AM ET | Delete
the Flames are 2-1 against the Wild this season not 2-0
December 4, 2010 11:41 AM ET | Delete
oh and Tanguay's salary is $1.7M.
December 4, 2010 12:35 PM ET | Delete
I like the fist pump, a small level of passion from the old boys club. His postgame interview was refreshing as well.
December 4, 2010 12:36 PM ET | Delete
Also just subtracting 14 goals is unreasonable. If you wipe those games you should atleast add 4-6 more goals since it's highly unlikely the Flames get shutouts instead of blowouts there. This puts them towards the middle of the pack in GAA
December 4, 2010 12:37 PM ET | Delete
GA*
December 4, 2010 1:24 PM ET | Delete
Im not sure is he just deleted the goals or calculated the GAA in terms of 14 less goals against and two less games played.
December 4, 2010 1:50 PM ET | Delete
i took off the 14 goals and deleted the games from the equation as well. my point was that those games were "freak" games and very against the norm so for Sutter to say GA is the Flames problem is a total false statement because we all know the PP is the main issue .
December 4, 2010 1:51 PM ET | Delete
mistakes were fixed. sorry. really tired last night
December 4, 2010 3:24 PM ET | Delete
They can't be considered "freak" games because they happen to every team through the course of the season and since they have had 2 in 1/4 of the season your probably due for 4-6 more "freak" games
December 4, 2010 4:25 PM ET | Delete
yes, but they arent the norm. trouble scoring goals IS the norm. like going 1 for the 23 pp chances. I'd say that's a bigger issue
December 5, 2010 10:49 AM ET | Delete
bourque needs to play on top line with Iginla, move babchuk to PP. Trade jokinen and tanguay to dallas for richards.
December 6, 2010 2:55 PM ET | Delete
lol tanguay and joker for richards LOL, sorry, that could almost be as bad as the kessel deal. they might get a 5th round prospect and 2nd for both
December 6, 2010 2:59 PM ET | Delete
I think goals against
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