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O...M...G.... will this off season ever end?. Can we please get a training camp up in here?? When is that prospect camp again? I'm jonesin' hard over here for some real hockey to talk about. Last night I found myself on you tube looking up our prospects and found some cool highlights:

For Backlund: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqGTuS2YjeA

For Erixon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pmj23CxvOo
Really the point is that there is NOTHING to talk about. What a boring summer! Jay Feaster was the big acquisition this summer! Now we keep hearing about Savard and trades to come but my feeling is that if we look to that and hope that happens we'll probably be disappointed. I think we may get a small signing and there will be demotions and waivers but nothing that makes us go crazy with excitement.

As far as trade watches go, I watched Kaberle with some amusement, I think I actually have a bet that he won't get a 1st round pick with a Toronto fan. Kaberle is over rated. I'm not saying that to troll out leaf fans but I'm being serious. I know he ended up top ten in terms of points but it's the other things that bother G.M.'s. It's the minus 16, it's the inconsistent point production where he was super hot and super cold last year, it was the 7 goals which is not very good for a "powerplay specialist". To prove I'm not trolling out Leaf fans I will go on record saying (Neon) Dion Phanuef will get you guys 50 points this year if he stays healthy.
Usually by this point in the offseason we can look at our teams and have a pretty good guess how the lines will shape up but as I look at the Flames I can make up one line and the rest is a jumble. I keep hearing they want competition in the various positions which is a good thing but we all know they are over the cap so is it competition or a salary crunch? If the Flames send guys like Staios down, who play decent and are leaders, then UFA's will look at Calgary as an organization that does not treat it's players well, they should exercise caution when making those kind of moves. Kotalik is maybe a guy that the Flames should take a harder look at and that we should give a second chance to as well, he certainly fits in that category of moving to the minors.

I wrote a blog on Kotalik a while back on why there is a couple of reasons he could be kept, namely he almost always gets 20 plus goals a year and he hits everything that moves, he also possesses a great point shot as seen here:


My blog on him is here:


Stay with me here because I am introducing my newest theory for the year: Langkow out but not traded. I know we keep hearing about his recovery and that's great but we also heard that Jokinen was signed because of Langkow's recovery situation. Clearly the guys in the know think he won't be ready for the season when it starts at the very least. If you play my game and look at the cap hit relief that Langkow gives the Flames just being out, 4.5 million, they fit Kotalik and Staios as well as Backlund and have a million to spare roughly after Kronvall goes to the KHL.

Tanguay Jokinen Iginla
Bourque Backlund Kotalik
Hagman Stajan Moss
Glencross Conroy Jackman

That is four very solid lines consisting of 9 guys who have at 20 goal potential. If the Flames seek further cap relief simply sending Pardy through waivers would do, I doubt he gets picked up but if he does the Flames have enough defense prospects to make up for it. looking ahead the Flames have 9 million in space roughly for next year including Langkow so the fit becomes better. Should a trade take place that sends Staios or Sarich out of town at the deadline then Langkow could come back this season and all cap issues are avoided.

That's my theory of the week. Out.

Filed Under:   Langkow   Kotalik   Staios   Flames  
August 17, 2010 2:21 PM ET | Delete
p.s. with the Backlund Highlight, there were cooler highlights but I love this clip because it shows his hands...
August 17, 2010 3:46 PM ET | Delete
Sane why is EK putting out these Savard Rumours again??? I agree we dont need abig trade to get under the cap. Is there a bigger demand for D
August 17, 2010 3:49 PM ET | Delete
August 17, 2010 4:30 PM ET | Delete
Sane, I"m not sure about this at all. Langkow's a competitor, if he's ready to go by Oct, you can bet he'll be in the line-up. I don't care how good his relationship with Sutter is, he's not going to be on IR any longer than necessary to get healthy. I honestly think Sutter's holding a good-old fashioned tryout at camp this year. You earn your spot, or you get waived and demoted.
August 17, 2010 4:41 PM ET | Delete
In Sutter's mind, I think that specific guys will be competing for specific roster spots. You win the roster spot, he'll make the cap work. Obviously, the players with NMC's have their spot secured. A guy like Kotalik for example, is competing for either 2nd or 3rd RW. He's not going to play if he doesn't win the spot.
August 17, 2010 4:47 PM ET | Delete
Hey it's just a theory! It works though. Langkow is a huge cap hit so if they say take 3 months more than needed to make sure you're 100% then they buy a lit of time for themselves to clear the cap space their way.
August 17, 2010 5:20 PM ET | Delete
Maybe you're right, who knows? IMO though, Sutter's going to ice the best team he can. If Langkow's good to go he's an upgrade for this team, I just don't see him sitting on the sidelines if he's healthy.
August 17, 2010 5:47 PM ET | Delete
I really don't think Langkow will be back until December anyway maybe mid november so it's not totally out there.
August 17, 2010 11:26 PM ET | Delete
San Jose's offer was (according to the Tor Sun among others) Derek Joslin and a 1st. Obviously it was going to be a late one but a 1st is a 1st. Also Kaberle is a passer, when our PP was actually pretty damn good it was when Kaberle passed to McCabe who blasted it in or if that was blocked passed down to Tucker who banked it in. I really hope your right about Backlund getting Top 6 minutes, I don't want to see another talented prospect ruined from being put on the 3rd or 4th line.
August 17, 2010 11:44 PM ET | Delete
I would have been inclined to take that deal unless BB had an extension signed. Now it's unlikely they'll get more than a 2nd.If Langs isnt at least skating by training camp, I think Sanes scenario plays out.
August 18, 2010 4:01 PM ET | Delete
In essance that deal would have been a steal for Kaberle at this point of his contract but obviously Burke wanted him in the line up to hopefully help offensively. I've said before Stajan is a top tier thrid line center and okay 2nd and a poor 1st. Backlund needs to be top six I agree.
August 18, 2010 6:51 PM ET | Delete
That was my theory too....Langkow will be out for at least 1/2 a season, and by that pt, if he plans to resume play D. Sutt can make a move. In the meantime, Kotalik correctly pegged as top 6 (hagman would be there if Kot is sent to minors, but Ales is a better player). I do think Backlund s/b 3rd line center, and earn his way up.
August 18, 2010 6:53 PM ET | Delete
Lastly, pretty sure Staios is not going to the minors, since it was his mug wearing the ronald mcdonald jersey at mcmahon. You should write a blog dissecting that wonderful choice of swag.
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