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Posted 2:51 PM ET | Comments 21
What if. It is a small phrase that usually pre-cursers everything I find annoying. What if Gelina's goal had counted in '04. What if Dion got traded for a 1st. What if they didn't trade a 1st for Jokinen...or trade to get him back again...or trade him for Kotalik. What if what if what if. As Jim Rome is fond of saying, " if...if my aunt had junk, she'd be uncle. But she doesn't."

I can't stand the argument that starts with "what if". Having said that I'm going to give you one to ponder. What if Iginla was sat tonight.

I'm not picking on the guy, at this point it may seem like it but I ask you, would it make a difference to this club? Would tonight's outcome be changed? I keep waiting for a multi-goal game from Jarome and it keeps eluding me. If Jarome and Jokinen were not playing and the guys who are over performing like mad were given that ice time how much better would the team be? Case in point Bourque has a point per game in 16:50 of ice time, Jarome has .6 in 19:15 a game. If Bourque got that ice would we have scored more? I think the answer is obvious.

If the line up looked like:

Glencross- Backlund- Bourque
Tanguay- Stajan- Moss
Hagman- Morrison- Jackman
Mayer- Conroy- Kostopolous

or any combo you want of the above.

Would you be surprised to know that the flames would only be 5 goals less on the season. In fact Kostopolous and Babchuk coming in would net minus 1 as they have 4 between them. Babchuck has as many goals as Iginla. So again would sitting those two make a difference to the winning and losing record of the team? If not you have to ask why they are here and what their 10 million plus in salary combined would actually buy in production. They do not provide any kind of danger to take away defense pairings from the top line with Bourque. What purpose do they serve.

So "what if" is a pretty annoying way to start a sentence, and Iginla will dress tonight and hopefully get his first hat trick in a very long time but my guess is he won't. Jokinen was suspended and I didn't hear or read one comment where anyone was the least concerned about it. The only reaction I've seen is that most feel Backlund will get the shot he deserves.

With Kotalik coming back soon and three other players coming from injury you can bet that there will be moves but we have yet to see if they will be meaningful. The White trade simply brought in a cheaper defenseman with size and got rid of a small expensive defenseman all in all their stats are similar and neither of them will care that they are not wearing the flaming c next year.

The biggest "what if" of all. The one everyone is terrified of is: What if they don't do anything at all?

Filed Under:   Flames   Iginla   Jokinen  
November 19, 2010 3:09 PM ET | Delete
So true............
November 19, 2010 3:13 PM ET | Delete
You made me sad.
November 19, 2010 3:22 PM ET | Delete
When Sutter traded for Jokinen it was a bad move in hindsight but at the time a great try. I will never fault a GM for trying and failing but I will blame them for not trying.
November 19, 2010 3:35 PM ET | Delete
Sorry, I know an oiler fan isn't in much of a place to make fun..... but that is the worst offensive line up on paper I have ever seen. Glencross Backlund and Borque would be a 3rd line on a playoff team.
November 19, 2010 3:39 PM ET | Delete
Gretzky - I will take 3rd liners on a playoff team as opposed to none of the players on the Oilers roster cracking the line up of a playoff team
November 19, 2010 3:44 PM ET | Delete
Bourque is a point per game but has really just emerged. Glencross is playing possesed and admititly above his head. Backlund is more of a future 70 pointer that would be nice to see develop now. My point was that it wouldn't really make a difference to not have Iginla and Jokinen not there. it would still be the same basically.
November 19, 2010 4:30 PM ET | Delete
"that is the worst offensive line up on paper I have ever seen. "You never saw Calgary's version of the "Young Guns"...
November 19, 2010 4:31 PM ET | Delete
Yes Jeff Shantz as our number 1 center was a low point.
November 19, 2010 4:57 PM ET | Delete
Oh, the Young Guns days. I went to a Detroit game where the Flames had 8 shots...in the entire game.
November 19, 2010 5:14 PM ET | Delete
Yeah and when it's Cale Hulse and Todd simpson shooting...
November 19, 2010 5:16 PM ET | Delete
Turns out we were shutout, yes.
November 19, 2010 6:00 PM ET | Delete
November 19, 2010 6:31 PM ET | Delete
Pat burns has passed RIP
November 19, 2010 7:58 PM ET | Delete
Wow a big red flag is flapping in these subzero winds. Earth to owners, please do something!!!! RIP Pat Burns.
November 19, 2010 9:29 PM ET | Delete
Agreed Backlund should get a shot with Jokinen out. He just amazed me at the world juniors a couple years back. Lets just hope Sutter doesnt make another trade anytime soon (however if he rips someone off then thats OK).
November 20, 2010 12:04 AM ET | Delete
Wow Sane, do you want to take a stab at the winning lottery numbers too? Nice call on the Iggy hat trick ...
November 20, 2010 12:07 AM ET | Delete
Guess again S.O. Hat trick! Your wish was his command lol. Now do we shut up about trading him or really pick it up because his value has increased?
November 20, 2010 12:52 AM ET | Delete
Lol mmmm crow. Hey that's great that he did I love that guy ...never trade him! If we are not a playoff team at the deadline it may happen and yes if he keeps scoring we get more back!! Backlund played awesome too! No points but was super reliable.
November 20, 2010 12:54 AM ET | Delete
Sirwin 12 1 2 3 11/ 18 you can share the winnings with me.
November 20, 2010 11:19 AM ET | Delete
Haa haa good call on the hat-trick. I was feeling a win last night before the puck dropped. Iginla seemed more relaxed in his interview prior to the game as did Tanguay. Hopefully this game gives them the confidence to be successful in the roadtrip coming ahead. I have a feeling the flames will go 4-1 in the roadtrip. GO FLAMES GO!
November 20, 2010 1:54 PM ET | Delete
iggy with a hat trick means he is worth more for when he is traded. one gd game doesnt make up for 10 bad ones. i think bourque is a gd second line player, and backlund a gd second line center, he could be molded into a first line center too, maybe not in calgary but if he was playing for detroit then perhaps
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