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).
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.