Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Is it Easter already or potency means something different in Calgary

Someone, and I believe it was Oilswell, said I'm at my most productive whenI'm angry and there's probably more than a kernel of truth to that. Which is odd if you knew me personally because I am a super laid back guy. There is something though about far flung statements which just gets my blood boiling and the keyboard clacking. The same goes for things that make me laugh.

Today for instance I'm checking out the Sun and the Journal and sites wondering where Brad Winchester's gonna land when I came across this little blurb. Granted it's a CP piece without the author attributed though I'd suspect the middle part's written by the Canadian Press's newest addition Brian Sutter.

I'm sorry but some of that stuff just kills me.

The Tanguay-Langkow-Iginla troika is what I like to call an Easter line, ie. all your eggs in one basket, and it's not the worst strategy for a team whose success is predicated on it's powerplay and it's record at home where you have the last change and can get this unit out against your line of choice. So I guess I just described the Calgary Flames. Of course it makes you pretty easy to defend against on the road. The best strategy would be to actually acquire more offensive balance and a good start would be to draft people who can actually score instead of say Eric Nystrom.

The really funny thing though is that someone described a line of Huselius, Amonte and Lombardi as being potent. It speaks to the flames lack of offensive depth, the lunacy of the reporter in question or maybe just to the quality of forwards which have donned Flames silks in the last 10 years. I guess that comparatively this new HAL line is potent as it certainly beats the hell out of say Stephane Yelle or Shean Donovan. At least in terms of the counting stats. So for this '07 campaign the Flames can put all their weapons on one line and hope that they're PP continues to hum, they remain an excellent home team and that the devil keeps renewing his option on Kipper's soul. Or they can try and spread the offense and keep waiting for the Chuck Kobesew's of the world to offensively explode. Of course we could also wait for Jessica Biel to do a hardcore porno film and see whichever scenario arrives first. Either of those outcomes would shock the f**k out of me personally.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is clear which scenario is preferable, though.

10/03/2006 3:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not so clear, though, because the Biel porno wasn't specified as part of the world where Kobasew can score.

But hopefully you got my point ;)

10/03/2006 3:06 pm  
Anonymous PDO said...

On the same subject..

Am I the only person who finds it hilarious how Calgary suddenly has a good offense? They added one player. That's the difference betwee last year and this year.

One player who's never scored 30 goals.

Who's never had 80 points.

Who's spent his entire career playing with one of Sakic or Forsberg.

Who's getting paid $5,250,000 for the next 3 seasons.

And this is supposed to make them good offensively? It's like everyone ate some magic shit mix that made them forget that Calgary wasn't even close to being the 28th best offensive team in the league at ES, Minnesota managed to score 13 more goals at ES than Calgary.

Christ, it's almost as bad as Iginla being considered a 50 goal 100 point player because of one season 4 years ago.

What the fuck is it with Calgary and everyone over-rating these guys to no end while completely forgetting about Kiprusoff? How the hell are people this stupid?

10/03/2006 3:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a crime what Kipper is making less money than ANY player in Calgary.

10/03/2006 4:31 pm  
Anonymous PDO said...

He should be the highest paid player in the league.

Because he's certainly the best.

10/03/2006 4:58 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

That's a curious thing, that Easter line. I think you have to peg a lot of the low event style on the coaching staff though. Granted Sutter was probably just playing the cards in his hand.

Still, Langkow and Iggy played the toughest minutes of the forwards last year by the looks of it (except against Teemu, for some reason Sutter preferred Yelle there, in the regular season and obviously in the playoffs, go figure?).

But when they played together, about half of the time, some pretty kickass EV+/- numbers but still at a "nothing ever happens in Cowtown" rate of goalscoring either way. I didn't watch enough games to form an opinion, and most Flames fans are frankly too RogerMillions-ish to bother asking, but I've got to think that most of that stems from the coaching philosophy.

Will Playfair go old school and run Yelle out there against Smyth/Horcoff? Or will he go power vs power with these Easter Line boys? I think he'll opt for choice #2. We'll see.

10/03/2006 9:12 pm  
Anonymous namflashback said...

hey come now PDO, they also added Jeff Friesen, who must be considered a prototypical Calgary Flame.

Which about says it all.

mmmm Jessica Biel.

10/03/2006 9:27 pm  
Anonymous nwtoilerfan said...

RogerMillionsish...that's gold

10/04/2006 11:25 am  
Blogger MetroGnome said...

The more sane Flames fans out there aren't claiming Calgary while have a potent attack - we're hoping for merely "adequate".

pdo, I love your frothing-at-the-mouth disdain. I think part of it comes from your odd assumptions:

1.) no one considers Iginla a 100 point. I've never heard anyone claim that. People consider him a top goal scorer because he's won the Rocket Richard trophy. Twice.

2.) No one "forgets" Kipper. He's one of the main reasons Calgary is highly rated.

3.) Tanguay was the most efficient Colorado forward at producing points at ES last year. Better than Sakic. He also produced at a PPG average. While it's silly to think Calgary will suddenly be an offensive juggernaut, its legit to be excited as a Flames fan about Tanguay's addition to the line-up.

4.) Another reason Calgary is highly rated is because of their blueline. Take a look.

but I've got to think that most of that stems from the coaching philosophy

it does vic, to a certain degree. Sutter was a "dump it in/make no errors" kind of coach. You could see players start to sweat whenever they crossed the offensive blueline. Im interested to see what changes there will to the systems this year (if any) under Playfair.

10/04/2006 4:03 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

I think Tanguay's 06/07 season is going to be one of the most unique case studies in recent memory. Right up there with Burke's Pronger-Niedermayer experiment.

Maybe Lowetide can come up with someone else in hockey history, but I find it hard to think of a guy who played second fiddle to some of the best offensive players of his generation and then left to another team of lesser lights while still in his prime. There's probably someone but I can't come up with a comparable off the top of my head.

Anyway, it's a huge question - Is Tanguay really an elite player? Even last year, Sakic probably clouds the issue. Any rational Flames fan (OK, OK, not really possible, but bear with me) will have to admit some doubt there. I don't think there's any question Tanguay's been a good complementary player and more than likely one that can punish weaker opposition, but Calgary is going to need more than that. I think we'll finally have an opportunity to answer that question this year. Especially if the Easter basket line gets broken up.

If I had to guess, I'd go with 75 games and 65-70 points. Probably just over 2.0 ESP/hr and around 4.7 PPP/hr which would be better rates than any Flame posted in 05/06.

10/04/2006 8:20 pm  

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