Turris- There has been mixed opinion on this kid. He hasn’t put up star numbers but has a load of talent and potential. Turris Played the 11 season getting 5 more points than his previous NHL stint in 09 and improving from minus 15 to even plus/minus. He did improve, although marginally. His average ice time was not great so it makes sense his point totals would reflect that, this is a kid that has probably grown up used to prime time minutes and powerplay time.
Calgary has a gaping hole in it’s center positions. Morrison is very old for a hockey player, Moss has shown he no more the a second or third line winger, Stajan is softer than rich creamery butter in august. There just is not a lot of talent in the middle. Backlund has some chops but Backlund is one guy, getting another young center with potential cannot hurt a club that has been screaming for it for years.
The talk has been that Calgary does not want to pay to get him though as Turris holds out but I believe there may also be the issue of how many pro contracts Calgary would have, which would be the max at 50, they need Phoenix to take a contract back. Phoenix would look foolish trading a 2007 3rd overall draft pick for Hagman…. Or Stajan… it would have to be someone decent or a decent prospect.
Winning. The Flames are a middle of the road team, wins are not easy to come by. A team like the habs with no defence to speak of anymore and no Cammalleri should be ripe for the plucking. Price might have other ideas though and Goalies can win you games, they can also lose you games as Flames fans have found out this year. 10 Goals against. Listen 10 goals against a Crosby-less Penguins and the St.Louis Blues… Not exactly offensive dynamos… Tonight’s game has the appearance of an easy win, should they lose it could trigger early season panic.
There has been calls to blow up the team, the variations on what that means are many. The fact the team has 12 UFA’s next season handles that, there will be a great purge in the Flames organization. Should they not make the playoffs I for one think that purge will include the coach. In addition, as I’ve said before, if the Flames are out of it by Christmas I think most of thos UFAs and some of the contracts are totally open for discussion. July first next year could be a huge day for the Flames, there is hope that Parise is out there although unlikely. The Flames have over 20 million free to spend next year, if Kipper gets traded it could balloon up to 25 Million. The injection of some youth in Backlund, Beartschi, Nemisz, Brodie, Smith, Henry could have positive spin offs but could also include the standard rookie errors.
It should be a fun year though end to end, the possibilities of trades, pending UFA’s, Possible coaching change and even a fairly deep draft.