I want to take this opportunity to let you know that tiger blood will drip from the Flames chest in their quest for a playoff spot.
Direct Charlie Sheen reference there sorry.
In early January I was on www.sportsclubstats.com
checking the chances of the Flames making the playoffs, my memory is fuzzy but I believe it was like 2.7% or something. They would have to win 2/3 games to make it... At the time it was inconceivable. some loyal fans get to say, "I TOLD you they'd be in the running!' but I am not one of them. I counted this season as a write off and was in full sell metality. Wondering what the Flames would get in future prospects for the current group of total underacheivers.
Today it stands that if the Flames go 10-6-1 to end the season they will be a lock for the post season and now I can't imagine they fail to make it. I'm honestly still skeptical. When I look at the standings I see a lot of teams chasing with games in hand but really at the end of the day if you get 96 points you WILL be in the playoffs.
Honestly if the Flames want to unload free agents at the draft or make trades that would also be just as good of a time to do it. This is a weak draft or the first round picks they were probably offered would have been taken.
I will pose a question to you though. Modin and Carson were acquired for nothing so pose no risk. Fine. Modin is being brought in as a back up forward who can chip in and play fourth line minutes. Why did they waive Conroy then? Stats would have been similar to Modin. If we could afford to keep Kotalik and use the defence already in the system for the Playoffs like Pelech and Brodie why pick these guys up at all? I'm not saying they are bad moves but maybe not necassary. With the Dawes being paid his buy out cash, Kotalik in the minors etc....ownership is paying heavy. Modin is supposed to be a good team mate, what Conroy wasn't? Just a thought.