All Things Flaming C
by Scooter Kelly on 01/13/12 at 11:55 AM ET
Let’s start with a Peter Maher-style “Yah Baby!” Jarome snipes #500 during the post-Beantown abortion against the Wild. They punish Marty Brodeur and the Devils Tuesday 6-3 and win their 7th in a row at home. Thursday night, in the midst of their 1-0 OT winner versus Anaheim, we hear the news that the lovable gym-starved GM Jay Feast has undone the mistake of D-Sutz by reacquiring Mike Cammalleri. Let’s call him Cammy and avoid any grammar violations.
In 08-09, Cammy had a career high 39 goal, 46 assist campaign in Calgary. Sounds like a pretty decent asset to retain on an offensively inept squad. To the regime at the time, his playoff performance of a mere 3 points in 6 playoff games made him expendable. He wanted to don the flaming crest and would have taken less to stay as a free agent. BUT- D-Sutz and his colleagues thought otherwise. Cammy walked and the Flames started a love in with other less pretty names. Regardless of the past, the team and the fans are ecstatic with the deal. It went down like this. Cammy speaks out about the Habs losing and how he doesn’t like it. (Love the passion). Calgary moves polarized Rene Bourque, (Kelly Hrudey’s bane), 7th rounder Patrick Holland, and a 2nd rounder. in return they get the messiah, Karri Ramo, a 6’2” 25 year old goalie with a 1.92 GAA with Omsk of the KHL, and a 5th round pick. With Calgary’s scouting staff this could easily be a dark horse beauty? Jay Feast knows Mr. Ramo from his days in TBay as well. Finnish goalies are fantastic.
Speaking of goalies- Kipper, Karlsson, Irving, and now Ramo are all solid goalies in the fold. What gives? Is the superhuman #34 the next asset to be moved? It’s a simple question. At most times this season and eternally, he’s been amazing. Time holds the answer. I do know that Tampa Bay is in goalie purgatory with 2 older, relatively
shoddy goalies. Calgary just recently dealt B. Mikkelson for B. Jones. Maybe their phones are on speed dial.
The Flames are indeed elated to have Mark Giordano back. The purveyors of Gillette razors are furious at him for not endorsing their products, let alone using them. It just goes to show you can’t make everyone happy. With the LTIRs Cammy fits under the salary cap. Derek Smith, Alex Tanguay, David Moss, and Matt Stajan are all out for awhile. Who knows what happens in the future but Moneyball Weisbrod has an evil plan indeed. It’s encouraging to know that they have another intellect in the upper chamber. It seems the Flames have been under a system of shoot first, ask questions later mentality over the years of Darryl Sutter. It was always exciting at trade deadlines, slump time, and draft day to see what would come up, though sadly nothing that really helped long term.
I dare say the Cammalleri deal has more verve than the Blair Jones deal. But Mr. Jones overtime winner against the Ducks Thursday night will certainly add to his appeal. 8 home wins elevates the ‘Dome atmosphere as well. The fans are excited, and the dressing room is pumped to have their long-named pal not named Letourneau-Leblond back in the fold.
Guaranteed success is a misnomer in the world of professional sports. Acquiring Cammy has added a positive dressing room presence. He can also snipe big time. The powerplay will definitely benefit from the transaction. The Supernova’s of Sportsnet have even tilted the deal in Calgary’s favor! If that’s not an epic endorsement then I don’t know what is.
The new look Flames sit 21-19-5 and 2 points out of the playoff dance. For geographical reference, the other Alberta squad wallows 11 points behind their Wild Rose counterparts. Nuff said.
P.S. It’ll be a media gala on Saturday at the Pengrowth Saddledome as Darryl Sutter’s L.A. Kings come to town. Sound bites and quips, mixed in with facial contortions, for everyone! Mike Cammalleri will be in uniform, but what number?
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