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I wanted to sit down tonight and really try to discern why the Flames are a last place team because there is no way they should be. On paper this team is a good team. I don't want to hear about Kotalik and Jokinen etc. Those guys should get 20-30 goals even being defensively awful. Besides it's not as though shipping one of them would fix this team.

I have to admit I'm stumped. I'm as clueless about what it would take to fix this as Sutter probably is. I have explored every theory I can think of including the extremes of trading Kipper and Iginla which would, short term, kill the Flames competitiveness. I have thought about changing the power play, the coach, the uniforms, how they tie their skates... Nothing in my mind is fixing this version of the Flames. Too many players who were the best players on loser clubs. We got the Leaf's top three scorers in that trade for Dion, they came from the Leafs though, think they know how to win? J-Bo and Jokinen who toiled forever in Florida forever as the stars for a last place club year after year, think they know how to win?

Sure there are guys who have cup rings on this team, Sarich for one. As a collective though this is a team of losers, skilled as they may be. So how do you fix that? The answer is you don't, they are losers. You have to get them out and get winners in.

Plainly spoken if you have two teams equal in skill level but one team always wins and the other always loses what is the most simple explanation? They are losers. The 2011 Flames are losers. Say it once, exhale and accept it. Be aware that I am not "Jumping off the Bandwagon" I am simply looking at the stats and accepting what is put in front of me. I asked Oiler Fans to do it last year and admittedly am reaping what I have sown.

This took me a while to get here. I had to go through the levels of grief to achieve this understanding. I will now take you through the process:

Stage 1-Shock and Denial:
Game 1: Oilers 4 Flames 0. I said this was just a blip, first game, lots of road to travel here. They aren't as bad as that! I can't believe they just lost 4-0 to a bunch of rookies!! After 20 games The reality became too much to bear and after 30 sitting last is a cold slap in the face.

Stage 2- Pain and Guilt:

Walking into work when an Oiler fan co-worker showed me the unseeable stat, that the Flames were last and the Oilers were above them. I felt a little nauseous, the Tim Hortons double cream started curdling in my stomach and the everything bagel started tasting like bile. I wondered if it's because I took the stanley cup key chain off my key ring? Is this my fault? Could I have cheered louder? then a stinging pain entered my chest but that was just gas. Then a stinging pain entered my chest again and this time it was knowledge this is the worst Flames I have seen since Shantz was our number 1 center and there were "young guns".

Stage 3- Anger and Bargaining:

FIRE SUTTER(S)!! Burn the dome!! Trade every one good!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! Hit smash punch... What if I give you Iginla and you give me the Detroit red wings?? C'mon!!

Stage 4- Reflection:

Writing this Blog.

I'm only at stage 4 but do you know what stage 5, 6 and 7 are?

The upward turn.




P.S. as an after thought if the Flames DO finish last in the west, the east is so incredibly bad that they will still get the first 6-7 picks.

P.P.S.- Anyone else wondering how lame duck Dutter and Butter are right now?
Filed Under:   Flames   Stages of Loser   Iginla   Sarich  
December 20, 2010 11:07 PM ET | Delete
December 20, 2010 11:44 PM ET | Delete
I think it's the only option and to do it with a new gm.
December 20, 2010 11:56 PM ET | Delete
Rink, shhhhhh, can you hear it, KAAAAAABBBBOOOOOOM!!!!!!Playoffs are toast, give DS Christmas, get him on the greyhound next week.
December 21, 2010 12:33 AM ET | Delete
I think as fans, keep in mind this is from someone who has been pro sutter pretty much all the way, we deserve better than Ollie Jokinen on a nightly basis.... I don't care if he has 6 goals.... with the ice time he gets.... he gets to play with Bourque... the guy is killing me.... taking years off my life.... put in whoever....
December 21, 2010 12:35 AM ET | Delete
Jokinen has destroyed Sutter.... No lombardi first, traded 1st round pick, no cammalleri, for this crap..... pants-shitter hockey....
December 21, 2010 1:17 AM ET | Delete
BJ, the thing is, he brought the SOB back. You could almost forgive DS the 1st time, who'd of thunk Oli would wet the bed. This off season has convinced me Dutter must go.
December 21, 2010 1:29 AM ET | Delete
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December 21, 2010 1:30 AM ET | Delete
This site blows.
December 21, 2010 1:30 AM ET | Delete
December 21, 2010 10:30 AM ET | Delete
Yeah Kevin R you are right.... Sutter had a good run here but his time is up.... changes need to be made immediately, not so much for the sake of improving this team to make the playoffs this year.... I'm just done watching Jokinen, I gave this team 30 games.... to me that's enough, Jokinen, Stajan, Sarich can be replaced by the kids on the farm who need the experience....
December 21, 2010 10:37 AM ET | Delete
The Jokenin/Kotalik mess breaks down to: Lombardi, a 1st (Gormely), and Prust (twice) = Kotalik. Kotalik has 5 pts in 33 games as a Flame. Prust has 22 pts as a Ranger by himself. Sutter should be fired for that, let alone bringing back Jokenin with a NTC.
December 21, 2010 12:44 PM ET | Delete
Sane I'm right with you. The sheer amount of fail on this team is staggering. Where did the competitors go? The guys who would fight tooth and nail for every inch of ice... Isn't that what "Flames Hockey" was supposed to be about? Isn't that "Sutter" hockey? How does Stajan fit in? How is Bouwmeester our shut-down defenseman? Meanwhile Glencross gets to sit in the pressbox?
December 21, 2010 12:46 PM ET | Delete
Give me a team of Prusts and Nystroms... I'd rather see a team full of overpaid fourth liners with chips on their shoulders. It's not like we'd score any less than we are now.
December 21, 2010 6:20 PM ET | Delete
Gilbert Cogliano for Bouwmeester?
December 22, 2010 1:18 PM ET | Delete
Hey Gretz I would take that deal not sure the Oil would do but Flames would.
December 22, 2010 1:57 PM ET | Delete
Throw in Omark
December 22, 2010 10:37 PM ET | Delete
Just so you guys know I am trying to set up a interview with the reporter of the Heat to let us know on the player who are close to coming up.
December 23, 2010 11:11 AM ET | Delete
Nemo is actually playing well. No one is pushing super hard but Brodie is having a decent season.
December 24, 2010 4:39 PM ET | Delete
Merry Christmas Sane
December 24, 2010 4:41 PM ET | Delete
December 24, 2010 5:45 PM ET | Delete
Merry Christmas to all of you! Thanks for a great year of convo's!!
January 11, 2011 1:38 PM ET | Delete
I'd opt for the coaching change. They need to play like a team, not as a group of individuals - both mentally and physically on the ice.
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