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I heard on the radio this morning Darren Dreger say that the Flames, "..just ran into a hot goalie.." last night in Dallas. Apparently he hasn't read the papers here, the Flames are MAKING goalies hot. Conklin, Auld...it doesn't matter, if you want their confidence up stick 'em in net against the Flames.

After the Burrows incident it becomes really easy to look at the refs and wonder if they are being square. After ignoring Kipper after he shouted at them that his mask was undone after a shot to the head (which he had to shake off to suspend play), they call him for a "slash" in OT after being run into in his crease. Then call another VERY marginal call shortly there after right at the end of OT to make things as difficult as possible.... hmmmm. On top of that Bouwmeester gets a penalty for Eriksson forgetting how to skate...hmmmm

I hate to look back but it's fun to do once in a while, the Flames have never been known for the drafting so how different would the team be if we drafted differently, I only looked at player drafted within 5 spots after the flames picked to keep it someone sane. So having said that what would things look like if:

Hemsky had been allowed to slide by the Oilers one more spot in 2001 to the Flames who got Kobasew, or the drafted Umberger...
They had Drafted Semin (13) instead of Nystrom (10) or even Higgins at (14)...
In 2003 instead of Dion they drafted Jeff Carter...
How would Mike Green look? Better than Kris Chucko probably. 2004 could have also used yielded Shultz, Shultz and Green were drafted by Washington and now make up the best +/- d tandem in the league.
Even as late as 2007 when Backlund was drafted, as highly touted as he is, the Flames could have had Perron who has proven he can score already.

Take ONE of those things and this team would have that extra bit of punch it needs, as it stands Kobasew doesn't play here, Nystrom is a grinder, Dion is getting slightly worse every year, Chucko has played one game in the NHL I think. Other players drafted 1st round are Pelech and Irving but 2005 and 2006 are still pretty recent.
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January 28, 2010 11:35 AM ET | Delete
No kidding on the refs. I didn't see the game but heard most of it. What was the extra penalty during the Nystrom fight? I saw the highlight and missed that part of the game. That should be looked at by campbell and in my opinion should have put that player out of the game. Honestly who brings a helmet to a fist fight?
January 28, 2010 12:06 PM ET | Delete
Fistric pulled Ny's helmet off at the beggining of the fight and beat him in the bald spot with it before dropping it. He got a match for it.
January 28, 2010 12:48 PM ET | Delete
All match penalties are reviewed by the league correct? I'm really just diverting from talking about the game at all. Tonight I'm sure will be 9 given it's a PPV game.
January 28, 2010 12:52 PM ET | Delete
Well really everyone is talking about the losing streak, it's played out, it is what it is. Why do you think I wrote about anything but the losing streak! lol I'm just upset about the 1st rounder we don't have.
January 28, 2010 1:16 PM ET | Delete
no 1st or 2nd round this year....
January 28, 2010 3:45 PM ET | Delete
January 28, 2010 4:57 PM ET | Delete
Mike Richards for Phaneuf
January 28, 2010 6:17 PM ET | Delete
Hmmm, your first rounder is in the possession of the team the league owns and is desparate to sell. I could definitely see a bias here. We know it's true after the Auger thing. Ever since, the Canucks have been getting the best reffing I can remember in 20 years.
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