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Outside the box:

Backlund on the top line from here on out, this is why they drafted him, let him do it, just with Jokinen on one wing and Iginla on the other.

Phanuef on the wing, if he wants to go mainly offensive maybe it's time to stop holding him back, a guy named Buyfuglien did this prior so it's not unprecedented. Giordano has proven he is not a fluke, this is our main offensive defenseman right now and you only need so many. If he doesn't get traded them exploiting his offense might be the other solution, perhaps our next winger of the future is playing D right now.

Relegate Johnson or Pardy to the minors, even if you lose them in waivers, and bring up guys like Pelech. A better and meaner defensive defenseman.

Either play Mcgratton or Prust, they do not need two scrappers in every game, it's a waste of a spot.

In the shoot out throw out guys like Sjostrom, Boyd and Giordano. Guys who have incredible hands when no one is flattening them.


Backlund got his first goal last night, not a fluke, not an off the butt goal but a legitimate top corner shot. I can't tell you how nice it is to see that from someone not named Iginla. Bourque, Backlund, Iginla might be the wave of the future for the Flames. He said he just closed his eyes and shot...I'm really looking forward to what he does with his eyes open.


If the Flames lose to the Oilers it will make two things happen, first it will enrage the fan base beyond control to demand changes which I think are needed but it will also reduce the chances of the Oilers drafting Taylor Hall. Win Win.

Filed Under:   Flames   Oilers   Backlund   Phanuef  
January 29, 2010 2:39 PM ET | Delete
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January 29, 2010 3:20 PM ET | Delete
No, NO, no, no phaneuf on forward. Why?! He's playing his best defensive hockey of his career!
January 29, 2010 3:21 PM ET | Delete
oh yeah, and pelech is on IR
January 29, 2010 3:56 PM ET | Delete
Poor Nidder. [laughs]
January 29, 2010 9:57 PM ET | Delete
Phaneuf as a forward. I actually had the same thought just yesterday. Things that make you say Hmmmm.
January 29, 2010 10:54 PM ET | Delete
we're 5 points out of 29th. A win here and there won't make uch of a difference. they've folded this season. trust me.
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