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If you want to be despondent about last nights game I certainly understand. The negative story lines are more than the positive. Iginla a minus 4 and zero shots, the final score being flattering as the game was out of reach etc...

One thing we can take away is a new legit first line. I have been imploring everyone to shift their paradigm and start thinking that Iginla's line is not the defacto number one line, this started hammering home last night. Morrison wasn't moved to the first line, Iginla and Tanguay were moved to the third. Bourque, Glencross and Jokinen all with size and scoring capability looked incredible last night! The line of Moss, Backlund and Hagman also provided some good scoring chances.

There has also been one x- factor that has been kind of forgotten and that is Kotalik. He has been out for a very long time but upon his return the choices will be slim. Kotalik is not a 4th liner, he has never been known for his checking so on the right side you have to start looking at what moves you can make. The trade talk rumors with Buffalo are interesting because Kotalik played his best hockey for Lindey Ruff. Now I'm not saying Kotalik to Buffalo or anything but the thought is intriguing. Darcy Reiger was a proponent of Kotalik, where he stands now is unclear but taking that contract could mean the Flames have to give something something of value too.

During the game last night another positive came up, a high draft pick. Now do not mistake me, I clearly have no interest in Calgary losing or being a high end draft pick team but certain realities that are being thrust upon us make us look for silver linings. It made me think who would Calgary want and who is out there? Is it ever too soon to start looking? well maybe because things change so much during a season, a guy projected top 10 today could go in the third (see Kabanov) but here's my best attempt. Please keep in mind I am not talking the best prospects I am talking the best for the Flames, prospects turn around faster than the past so i'm focusing on forwards:

1. Sean Couturier: A very fast left wing with great skills and decent size at just over 6 feet. Unless the Flames get the first pick overall this will not be their guy.

2.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins- what?? a kid playing in Red Deer?? A Center? Yeah high high end offensive talent, given the defensemen available in this draft this kid might be available when Calgary picks...like 2nd or whatever...lol

3. Matt Puempel- Rick Nash...is that you?? Okay not quite but still a very good power prospect.

4. Victor Rask- I don't know if we need another Swedish center but if we do it's this guy. Great passing and ice vision, playing in the Elite league this year.

5. Dmitrij Jaškin- A bit off the board here but from what I've read about this kid he could be a mid 1st round steal, the kind of player, "you can't believe made it to 10th overall because now he is the best player in the league", kind of player. Tons of skill and size to boot.

6. Tomas Jurco- There is players who are good one year and as they grow become dominant, that is Jurco. He might be a project but a worthy one.

If you factor in a very good year for defensive prospects these are the forwards the Flames would be aiming for if they keep their current course of 1 win every five games.

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P.S. The prospects are an idea thrown at me on twitter last night during the game, you can follow me @bradleybwindsor and the guys who gave me the idea @cflames12 and @thefanblogger Thanks guys.
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November 13, 2010 1:02 PM ET | Delete
..if they lay down tonight, and continue to give away the puck, I support benching Iginla. I also think Kotalik should be in the top-9 and move down whoever it is under-achieving at the time. Competition will keep inconsistent players like Morrison motivated.
November 13, 2010 1:02 PM ET | Delete
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November 13, 2010 1:28 PM ET | Delete
It's more of a cap issue, they are clear by about 1.3 right now due to langkow but that will change quick when Kotalik comes back...
November 14, 2010 12:51 PM ET | Delete
Sane, I dont know what to think about this team anymore. How low do we gobefore it cant get worse? Probably Jan. when we are mathematically eliminated. Where are the owners?
November 14, 2010 1:19 PM ET | Delete
I like couturier but unless the flames really tank this season (which they might) I dont see it. But Nugent-Hopkins, Matt Puempel or even Boone Jenner from Oshawa wouldnt be that bad.
November 14, 2010 2:49 PM ET | Delete
I'm leaning towards Jaskin myself if the top spot isn't available... and yes kevin it's pretty bad don't be fooled by these last minute goals where the opposing team has stopped caring. At the current win loss rate they will be forced into seller mode by american thanksgiving.
November 14, 2010 4:12 PM ET | Delete
You know whats coming. Flames will be one of the first teams eliminated,
November 14, 2010 4:14 PM ET | Delete
November 14, 2010 4:15 PM ET | Delete
November 14, 2010 8:26 PM ET | Delete
when the pressure is off they start to play
November 15, 2010 9:42 AM ET | Delete
Sooo...when we blowing up this mess? (Sigh...)
November 15, 2010 2:02 PM ET | Delete
Time to purge the 3 Sutters, hire Gordon, Feaster take the helm, let the players have fun
November 15, 2010 2:03 PM ET | Delete
do what they do best ie. let JBO skate,
November 15, 2010 3:37 PM ET | Delete
I think you are counting us out a little too soon. Almost every year I notice how in the first 20 games the younger teams have the legs.... Flames will get it going soon..... this is going to be an annoying year though, every time the Flames lose a few Iginla/regehr rumours start flooding the net.... all teams have losing streaks.... we are a 4-6 points out right now
November 15, 2010 4:51 PM ET | Delete
Well BJ, u may be right, but this sure looks like last year. There's some big fundamentals that have to change to move forward.
November 15, 2010 5:14 PM ET | Delete
B.J.- I do try not to get too crazy about a lot of this stuff but losing by 1 goal doesn't really tell the story of the last two games. They were badly outplayed for most of the time and team speed is seriously lacking. As the season goes on there might be a shift but how long do we wait?
November 15, 2010 5:38 PM ET | Delete
We've gone into this season with essentially the same roster than self-destructed the last 40 games last year, and shockingly, we're having the same results. If nothing changes...I don't see things changing. (Defy my logic at your peril! *laughs*)
November 17, 2010 2:56 PM ET | Delete
ok, yeah you guys have good points...Its a turning point tonight for sure.... they sit in the standings in the exact same place as 16 games played in Nov of '03... that probably means nothing...
November 17, 2010 2:59 PM ET | Delete
But if they lose tonight they are 3 games down heading into a game against the Hawks and probably the worst 5 game road trip I have ever seen.... that means yeah they are probably done... I guess they have to get it going tonight... I don't know I guess every year I see a similar trend, the teams that are hot to start fall off and the real playoff teams start picking it up about 20-40 games in.....
November 17, 2010 3:01 PM ET | Delete
They have to win tonight, if they don't, 3 games below 500 heading into the Hawks and then worst 5 game road trip I have ever seen...then yeah they are probably done... they have a bad sched to start the season, if they can get back to 500 in the next couple of weeks I think they have a good chance at the playoffs....
November 17, 2010 5:01 PM ET | Delete
God help us, nothing for White, not sure how that trade helped us score goals. Sick of this shit!!!
November 18, 2010 2:42 PM ET | Delete
Wow, I am like the last guy to say they won't make it..... but god.... put ME in coach, I think I could score into an open net.... I'm sick of this shit too.... it's starting to seem never ending....
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