Tuesday, February 24, 2009

flames v. CBJ: trouble on the blueline

there's really no way around it, now. the flames are going to be a different team down the stretch and we'll find out in the next weeks if that means outgoing players as well as incoming (trades/call-ups).

with gio done for the forseeable future (*sniff*), vandermeer solidifies his spot on the blueline next to dion, which cannot possibly be any more slopply of a pairing than it was on saturday against the greasers. the two were halfway decent together at the start of the year, so let's hope keenan finds a way to either massage him into that spot or straight up change the pairings. this would, of course, put pardy back with phaneuf: not ideal but probably better until vandy gets his game back...

what keeps me up at night is the "what ifs" on D if someone else goes down. the obvious first response is to re-call anders eriksson, who has admittedly put up really good numbers in the QC. the numbers don't fool me, though. the dude is not positionally sound enough to play on a "defense first" style NHL squad, and i think it would be a total disaster. it's possible that rhettro's ride on IR is closer to over than we think, and with such little time left this year, i presume that would make him the seventh guy in the eyes of his sutterness.

trade talk also increased when word came out that gio had undergone season-ending shoulder surgery, and the buzz on picking up a bouwmeester or a leopold started a-fresh yesterday.

my opinion ? with negrin and aulie comin' down the pipe, and with the "adam pardy experiment" looking like a total success, i say let's re-call brett palin, AHL allstar, instead of making big roster moves for rental players. let's bring palin up TODAY. right now, in fact. where's a phone... ? let's get that guy on a plane outta moline and have him start practicing immediately with the big club. let's give him a week or so to acclimatise, then start rotating out the #6 guy (vandermeer, pardy) to give him some gametime. the future is now. let's see how deep the cupboards are...

and finally, your daily clutterbuck indignity:
cal clutterbuck used to hold the title of "best name in hockey" but lost it last week upon discovery of cbj prospect john vigilante.... sucker.

7 comments:

duncan said...

I'm good with your Palin plan. If Eriksson gets the call-up, well, I don't even know what I would do. It would certainly at least involve a strongly worded blog entry.

walkinvisible said...

i'm pretty fond of it, myself. it, of course, makes gio expendable but i guess i'll deal with that moving forward.

Brent G. said...

I am fine with the Palin route myself but would love to see sutter go get a good replacement for Aucoin for next year (ie. Hamhuis Klesla or Leopold who will all be cheaper). I read in the Sun this morning Warrener may be back in the line up sooner rather than later if given the green light. He isnt a PP point man or puck moving defenseman, which is what they need, but he was alright I guess. I imagine he'll never play again that being said.

walkinvisible said...

warrener coming back scares me almost MORE than the thought of eriksson's return. dude is slow, and the stick-on-the-ice to stop a cross-crease pass (aka "the warrener") does not work in the current NHL. that's his best move... if a 20+minute-a-night guy goes out (regehr/aucoin/phaneuf/sarich) are you really wanting to replace him with a guy who's been on the sidelines for the better part of a year ? i know i don't.

that, and warrener's gonna need to lose about 15 pounds of puuure tv-and-bonbons before he cracks the lineup.

bad idea. but probably what's gonna happen.

Anonymous said...

Sutter should trade Lombardi and a 3rd for Hamhuis (too little?). This will replace aucoins 4 mill at a very reasonable 2 mill next year and they can likely resign Cammalleri in the offseason.

I tell you if I was GM...

Kent W. said...

I hope to god Warrener doesn't try to return. Apart from being fragile, slow and poor with the puck, the guy hasn't played hockey in 6 months. There's just no way he could step in and be competitive.

duncan said...

Sutter should trade Lombardi and a 3rd for Hamhuis (too little?)

Yes, too little — don't see Poile doing that. I love Hamhuis, though.