like i said in a previous post, i'm not really much of an asker ---i prefer to sit quietly and take it all in (plus, i have found that historically there have been some really great queries off the floor)--- but if i had some awesome question submissions, i'd try to pipe up. feel free to drop a comment if you've got a good'er....
as for me, i sent this via email to the fan960 this afternoon, since a couple of the dudes over there will be emceeing/mediating the event (rob kerr, i believe, and someone else but i can't remember who). the odds that this question will be posed by anyone in the MSM is a longshot, so i'll write it down and bring it with me.... cause i, for one, would really like to know the answer(s):
anyhow, we'll see how it goes. i would imagine i'll have a pretty lengthy post at some point tomorrow....
this is the kind of hard-hitting quesiton that sutter and king never get asked and i hope you can fit it in between "how are we gonna get more scoring?" and "is noodles to credit for kiprusoff's turn-around" ? thanks....
last year's team was pushed so close to the cap (with the extra dollars picked up in the jokinen trade) that it was unable to squeeze replacement player salaries under the limit, and iced incomplete lineups and younger/cheaper athletes for ten days at season's end. this led in no short part to the flames falling out of first place in the northwest, and drawing a very strong chicago team in the first round of the playoffs.
what assurances can you give the fans that similar financial mismanagement, in regards to replacement player salaries and the cap, does not occur this year or in the future ?
(ps: another great question is whether or not noodles is to credit for kippy's turnaround)
ps: i couldn't resist emailing this afterthought:
here's another question for the suits:
tod button once made mention (in july '08) that the flames employed a "numbers guy in the maritimes," to work out the mathematics/algorithms of player stats. is this fellow still on the payroll, and has he come up with anything noteworthy ?