Sunday, February 8, 2009

sunday feedback: disappointment

each part of last week's sunday feedback poll, curiously, ended up with a different number of voters. there was a clear "winner" for the worst trade in flames history (the ten player deal where cliff fletcher picked doug risebrough's pocket, sending gilmour+ to toronto for leeman+) at 56%, but the masses were divided when choosing the best trade. in the comments, it was noted that trades can be judged by how they look at the time, and how they look down the road ---which could be why the kiprusoff trade was the overall "winner" with 31% of votes. here, darryl sutter essentially picked up a vezina trophy winner for a 2nd round draft pick; good at the time, and still good now five years later. niewendyk for iginla took 27% of votes, and gilmour for parts (just before the '89 cup win) took 24%. interestingly (well, to me anyways), nobody voted for the deal that sent future hall-of-famer brett hull to the blues for a backup goalie and 2nd pairing defenseman, and nobody voted for the deal that sent the team's flames leading scorer (kent nilsson) to the stars in 1985 ---a move which gave us two generations of captains.

just over a week ago, darryl sutter al-but proclaimed that there would be no major trades this year. this came, of course, well before the current team decided to throw in the towel. i watched the PPV with my buddy mike and at the end, when the team was doing the whole "jersey off my back" ceremony, he said "don't they usually do that at the end of the season ?? hm... maybe they HAVE given up !!!"

like i said in the comments over at flamesnation: i feel bad for keenan. with the team pushed up against the cap, the option to bench guys is sortof absent. i think dion could use a game in the pressbox for random bad play, pardy could use a game in the rafters for occasional REALLY bad play, iggy could use a rest to possibly gain perspective or something (this would obviously never happen), and if bertuzzi takes one more g***d*** offensive zone penalty, i'm a-gonna scream.

which brings us to our sunday feedback poll:

the good news is, gio has had a string of great games, and lombardi is still creating great plays and scoring opportunities. at one point in the third period yesterday, it looked like gio was gonna try to tie the game all by himself. he might've gotten somewhere, except that there was nary a soul in red in front of the net. major issue, there. apparently the only time the flames are competant in that capacity is in front of their OWN net (read: pardy on the bobby ryan goal).

*sigh*

montreal tomorrow. i would think that an eastern conference team is just what we need right now. though this one is gonna be a tough win.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

sutter

maimster said...

Disappointment not just one name, it's the fact that the whole thing is breaking down at once - stars aren't playing like stars, depth looks a bit like last year (not a threat to score)...looks like last year, or the year before, where they're scrambling for 8th with the masses, and I thought they were past that this year.

To summarize, my disappointment is that my expectations have been raised so high compared to last two years, and the fall could be much worse...

walkinvisible said...

oh, maimster. how unfortunately insightful you are....
:(

Steal Thunder said...

Luckily the Habs are also on a skid right now... as my Habs loving roommate can attest to... can't believe how bad Price has played of late...

But at least one person in my house will be happy tomorrow night...