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The Flame Bloggers: A Final Spin

As we did last year after the PITF, we’ll take a final spin around the Flame ‘sphere and give you their reaction.  Mostly classy, as usual.

Battle of Alberta

I like the Wings’ chances going forward. If they can stay out of bad penalty trouble against the Stars or Sharks (and that mainly amounts to Schneider and Lang keeping their sticks to themselves), they’re going to make the WC finals.

Agreed Matt, especially if we play San Jose.  That’s going to be all about the special teams, without a doubt.  They’ve killed us in that area.  Killed us.

Over at Double D(ion) you can peak in at a game-long conversation.  I think it’s three of them, could be two, maybe two and the occasional third, or one at a time.  I…just…don’t….know.

Dammit. I tried to find a part of that you’d understand, a snippet.  You’ll just have to read the whole thing.  Here.

Five Hole Fanatics

In a sweet act of merciful kindness, the Detroit Red Wings pulled the plug on the fatally-ill Calgary Flames last night. While the OT period of game six was certainly “sudden-death”, the term is in fact a misnomer considering Calgary’s long, slow, painful march to oblivion. By the end of the game on Sunday, after being handily outplayed and outclassed for nearly the entire series, it was clear there was little left for the Flames but to be euthanized.

Metrognome’s a good guy and a good writer.  I like FHF as much as any Flame blog out there but I’ll disagree with him and anyone else who says the Flame loss was a foregone conclusion, or that if they’d beaten Detroit they were just fodder for whoever they drew in the second round.  If this had gone 7 there’s no reason not to think Kipper couldn’t have carried them to one more win. And if they advanced?  Iginla would help from here on out.  No one’s going to shadow him like Lidstrom did. He would have had more ice against anyone they played next and they would have had a chance.

Flames Blog

Darryl Sutter made a few missteps this year — hell, in the past two years — but none bigger than Playfair. Ken King likes to call Sutter a genius; how he reacts this off-season may well prove if that’s true.

But there are many days and many blog entries to come about the future. For now, a tip of my hat to the Red Wings, and at 1 a.m. eastern, it’s bedtime.

There is no chance, none, that Jim Playfair survives a Calgary summer.  Don’t forget…these guys were considered favorites last Fall.  Then again at the deadline Sutter’s moves were widely lauded.  Playfair was given a stacked deck and it seems, from afar, that he blew it badly.  Thanks for playing Jimmy.  Now, it’s my guess, you’re gone.

The Real Deal

The good news for Calgary? Well, I would bet Amonte’s done with the team. Same goes for McCarty who actually dressed for the warm up. Most importantly: I think Playfair got his chance, and he showed how embarresingly antiquated his coaching techniques were. Someone suggested to me he might ‘step down/resign’ to save face, but I just hope he’s gone. Can I get an amen?

Yeah, we’ll give you one Kyle. Good series. 



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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com