because i'm in toronto, and people here like to shift focus from their team's downward spiral to... well... pretty much anything else (ex: "ooooh !!! SHINY !!!!!"), i've been fielding a lot of commentary on the 07/08 calgary flames potential and the latest big changes in the organization.
i find it absolutely fascinating that the masses are so split on the keenan hiring, and equally divided on the prospects of adrian aucoin. some leaf fans seem to think calgary could be the hands-down NW division champs, others figure we've made a couple of bonehead moves and will end up in the basement. i say it's way too soon to tell, but by xmastime we'll know if we've got a contender or a dud --cause i can't see the bell curve occurring under keenan. it will either be a slow climb or a bullet southward... we shall see...
i also find that a lot of the negative keenan feedback does not address his coaching but moreso his GMing, which really shouldn't apply. i don't think there's any question who's driving this bus, in terms of player acquisition, and it ain't iron mike. the other main concern (if you can say that the leafs fans actually give a shit about the flaming Cs) is potential player [specifically goaltender] alienation. well, maybe it's just me and my blind faith in darryl sutter (which, btw, is beginning to wane ever so slightly) but i cannot imagine him hiring keenan without addressing this. don't get me wrong --i don't expect a softer iron mike, i expect a smarter one.
appx 75 days till rookie camp.