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Who Will be at the Helm?

This is the major cloud that's been looming over Calgary for the last couple weeks.

Darryl or Brent?

Sutter or Sutter?

Even with the firing of Dave Tippett in Dallas (which doesn't make a whole lotta sense, but is an issue for another day), the Calgary Flames have been super quiet about what's going on in the search for a head coach.

Would Tippett be a good fit for Calgary? Without a doubt. Was he one of the "contracted three" that Sutter spoke of in his media address? Possibly. Will he be the next coach of the Calgary Flames?


My answer is purely speculative but is based on what transpired over in the Swamp and then, subsequently, what transpired in the news conference back in Wild Rose country.

When Brent addressed the media after stepping down as coach of the Devils we all knew the questions regarding Cowtown would come. I, for one, was expecting firm denial. We never got that. However, we never got confirmation or even a lead in the right direction... or did we?

Brent's lack of denial to the Flames situation leads me to believe he's considering it as an option for this season. Whether or not Darryl and Sweet Lou can hash out a deal is the big question.

Whether it's Darryl or Brent, we're likely to know within the next 10 days. As Darryl said when he addressed the media, he'd like to have a head coach and full staff in place before the draft.

If Darryl and Lou are able to make a deal, I believe Brent will be the next coach of the Calgary Flames. If not, it'll be welcome back Darryl.

And, really, it's a 1A or 1B situation.

Dany for Dion?

Yeah. Freaking. Right.

It's remotely possible that Sutter did his due diligence and at least placed a phone call to Bryan Murray to inquire of the situtation. But I'm sure that's as far as it got.

This trade would make ZERO sense to the Calgary Flames.

Two right wings making 15 million together? Add another million to our already high salary cap total? Get rid of our only play-making and real puck-moving defenseman without getting one back in return?

It's really nonsense altogether.

Aside from that, here's a couple reasons why I wouldn't want Dany Heatley on my team regardless of whether Dion Phaneuf was involved in the deal or not.

1. This is his second trade demand already. He just signed a huge, long-term deal and is only one season in. A hard-nose coach comes in and he throws the white flag?

2. If he can't get along with Cory Clouston, how the hell do you think he'll do with a Sutter?

3. The collapse of the Ottawa Senators has been monumental. From finalist to the lottery in 2 seasons with many of the core still there. Heatley's attitude along with his one-dimensional game certainly aren't all to blame for this, but he has to take a good chunk considering he's the highest paid.

4. "I will play better when I'm happy." Enough said.

Is this a guy you want to bring to your team with Stanley Cup aspirations at the cost of 7.5 million per year? That's more than Jarome makes.

No thanks. PASS.

Recent Signings

A couple of Flames depth players have been signed in the last two weeks, but only one of which has any real impact.

Curtis McElhinney gets a two-year, one-way deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.6-1.7 million to be the backup goaltender for a couple more seasons. Sure, he had a TERRIBLE year, but I chalk this one up with Dion's bad year, Langkow's bad year, Bertuzzi's refusal to skate and backcheck and Kipper being overplayed.... that's right, Mike Keenan. All of the players rave about Mac's abilities in practice. Before he came to Calgary to be the backup, he was one of the top 3 goalies in the American league. This guy has what it takes, but he needs a chance with a quality coaching staff and good defensive system to be able to show his stuff. This is a decent signing by Sutter, I'm not entirely sure about what he did to deserve a 50 per cent raise... but I expect a much better performance from C-Mac this year with anywhere from 12-20 starts.

Kyle Greentree gets re-signed to a two-way deal to keep him in the organization. When Greentree was acquired for the struggling Tim Ramholt, I was quite excited to have a strong winger prospect down in Quad City. Having seen him play in Calgary this year made me a little more skeptical. He never really showed me that he was capable of logging any sort of quality minutes in the NHL, and he's nearly 26 years old, so the thought of him improving all that much seems a little unlikely. However, for an American Hockey League team, he's a great guy to keep around who's proven he can score goals in the 'A'. I'm interested to see what kind of training camp he has this year.

And, finally....

Jay Bouwmeester

Last season, when all of the rumours around JayBo were going non-stop, I took a hard look at his numbers and the success of the Panthers while he was there and my consensus thought was that somebody was going to overpay this guy to come in and just be a solid defenseman.

Now, having watched him for another season, logging all of those minutes and leading a young Panthers team to the brink of the playoffs, I feel a little more strongly towards him.

I think Eklund's right. JayBo is going to come to Western Canada. The problem is... I don't see it being to Alberta.

For the Flames, we'd have to give up serious salary to bring him in. The likes of Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Cory Sarich and Daymond Langkow come to mind. It could be done, but the Flames aren't going to give up a king's ransom for his rights unless they have a VERY strong indication that he'll lock up long-term, and they certainly won't win a bidding war during the UFA frenzy. So I really don't see him coming this way.

For the Oilers, well, what have we learned about them over the past few off-seasons? Unfortunately (for Oiler fans), nobody wants to play there. The likes of Marian Hossa and even, gulp, Michael Nylander have said thanks but no thanks to lucrative long-term deals. Was it MacT? Is it Lowe? Is it the atrocious weather? According to Ilya Bryzgalov, I think it's the latter... lol... but honestly, I don't know what it is. Maybe the addition of Pat Quinn will help remedy that situation. The only major signing for the Oilers of late has been Sheldon Souray, which looked like it wasn't going to work at first, but has since panned out great... and maybe this is a positive for Oiler fans... he's from the area. Hey... so is JayBo? Maybe that's the only way people would want to play in Edmonton? I think there's a better chance he ends up in Edmonton than Calgary... but that's not saying much, because...

I think he ends up in Vancouver. I really don't see a situation that he doesn't. Unless some team manages to trade for his rights and gets him signed long-term before July 1st. I see JayBo as a Canuck. They've got the cap space, a very solid team and coaching staff and a need on the back end. Vancouver is a great place to live, they'll be hosting the Olympics during the season, to which JayBo is a likely member of team Canada and he wants to be out West. This really seems like a lock to me. I don't like the sounds of it, and I really hope someone like Brian Burke steps up and grabs him, because I'd way rather have him stay out East and torment that conference than pull up shop in the Northwest division.


That's it for now... Leave your comments on who you think will coach the Flames, where Dany Heatley will end up and where JayBo will end up!
Filed Under:   Sutter   Flames   UFA   Heatley   Phaneuf  
June 17, 2009 6:04 PM ET | Delete
Cant' say i disagree with anything written here! Infact, how did you steal my thoughts?
June 18, 2009 11:39 AM ET | Delete
hahahaha! Well, I thought I was coming up with my own takes on this stuff... but I guess that's why it was flowing out of me so easily!
June 18, 2009 11:44 AM ET | Delete
June 18, 2009 12:03 PM ET | Delete
I took the time to write a reply but hockey buzz screwed me man...good blog!
June 18, 2009 12:06 PM ET | Delete
I know! 80% of the time when I post reply's, it shows up blank... I hope they're looking into it. I always copy my comment now before post it, just in case it shows up blank and I have to try again...
June 18, 2009 1:47 PM ET | Delete
I just feel tipps got ousted the in the first round a few times and did not get in with an injured team while keenan did so it would look bad to hire him if the purpose is to get out of the first round. Secondly Heater is fun to think about but won't be here, doesn't make sense I'd say LA, Minny, Dallas or Vancouver. J-Bo I think has a shot to come here, I can't imagine olli not already making that call...
June 18, 2009 2:29 PM ET | Delete
June 18, 2009 2:50 PM ET | Delete
Hey mslepp nashville is a little miffed I called him out over insulting a girl on here (some pent up girl issues I assume) just ignore it.
June 18, 2009 2:51 PM ET | Delete
I definitely agree with your take on Bouwmeester. Good read man.
June 18, 2009 4:55 PM ET | Delete
Yeah, I think I read that little exchange on one of the other thread's here! Oh well... I actually just tried to post on your blog but it was shootin' blanks again for me. It was a good read, funny.
June 19, 2009 2:44 AM ET | Delete
June 19, 2009 10:18 PM ET | Delete
I am a proud Edmontonian and have lived here my whole life. I am so sick and tired of the same BS everytime people talk about players not wanting to come to this city. You think maybe it had something to do with management or coaches???? And its always the samething with you fricken calgarians. Hate to say it but Calgary is not the centre of the universe!!! It gets just as cold there as it does in Edmonton so stop it with this shit its gettin old.
June 20, 2009 4:58 AM ET | Delete
I have to agree what the he'll is the difference in weather you guys are so high and mighty on yourselves I totally disagree with eveything posted on here except for what the guy above me posted you guys have a goalie who's numbers have continualy dropped every year the only two good d you have are phenouf and regiur and you top player has hit his peak and is coming down I see Edmonton heading up and the flameouts on there way down sorry you flameout fans
June 23, 2009 5:31 PM ET | Delete
Yikes! The truth really does hurt... And, unfortunately for you Oiler faithful, I can't take much stock in your prediction of the Oilers moving up and the Flames tanking, because you guys say it every... single... season... then proceed to miss the playoffs. Quinn and Co. are a step in the right direction, that's for sure though. But funny how one line about the Oilers turns into this squabble!
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