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Sutter Believes In His Core

from George Johnson ot the Calgary Herald,

As we sift through the fallout of the latest comeuppance, there’s been growing chatter from apoplectic fans about the

Flames perhaps considering the unthinkable—dealing one of the four cornerstones in the club’s foundation—captain Jarome Iginla, defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr, along with Kiprusoff—while market value remains high.

From Sutter’s tone Monday, that ain’t happening….

“If you’ve only got four of them,’’ he argued, “then all you’ll be doing is fighting to get into the playoffs every year.’‘

Phaneuf, at 24, the ideal You-Tube age defenceman—heavy on the highlights, light on the consistency—has come in for the most flak. And justifiably so. He was highly erratic most of the regular season, and then beat to blazes come playoff time. His upside is such that not investing at least one more year of time and effort, despite the inherent frustrations, seems foolish. A lot of people believe what he needs is a good-sized cowboy boot (old junior coach Brent Sutter’s favoured brand, perhaps?) upside the rear end to knock him off his high horse and get him to listen.

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Calgary Fans Looking For A Shake-Up

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

They want heads to roll after a fourth consecutive first-round playoff disappointment.

Those people are the 2,500-plus Calgary Sun readers who voiced their opinion by taking part in the You Be The Boss survey posted for the better part of a week both in the paper and online calgarysun.com.

Asked if this team needs a major overhaul, more than 1,500 voters said ‘yes.’

Based on the survey results, that shakeup should begin just under the GM on the totem pole and end with former Norris Trophy finallist Dion Phaneuf.

In Sutter they still trust, apparently, after he assembled a team that in January was walking away with the NHL’s Northwest Division title.

It would be interesting to see a follow-up vote if the GM doesn’t do what they hope and expect and rid the team of Keenan before next fall.

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Lemaire A Perfect Fit For Calgary

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.

The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?

While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.

He’d have to be a little crazy.

Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.

Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.

He’s also a great coach.

And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.

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Calgary’s Next Moves

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Here’s a thought for the Calgary Flames to ponder, as they enter another off-season answering the same old questions about their future, both short-and-long term, and why they’re always good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to win any rounds. Would they consider moving Dion Phaneuf, a 24- year-old defenceman, only one season removed from qualifying as a Norris Trophy finalist?

It would be a counterintuitive move on one level because if Phaneuf ever matured into a dominant defenceman, a la Chris Pronger, it is a decision that could backfire in a big way.

However, it is hard to imagine the Flames standing pat with their current core, given that they haven’t been able to win in the playoffs with the group they’ve got.

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Calgary Flames Media Day

Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:

Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..

A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.

And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:

Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .

 

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No Blame Game Yet In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So here is the question facing the Calgary Flames ownership group, as they sift through the ashes of another disappointing first-round playoff exit.

Did the edition of the team, coached by Mike Keenan and managed by Darryl Sutter, have the right stuff for a long playoff run, but was simply undermined by injuries to key personnel?

Or do their problems winning in the post-season run deeper, and require an organizational makeover from top to bottom.

At this early stage — only one day removed from a first-round ouster by the Chicago Blackhawks — you can safely predict one thing: The organization will conduct a complete review before the blame game starts, the scapegoats are identified and the changes come.

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Keenan With Another Playoff Loss

via Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Here is a shocker: Mike Keenan has once failed horribly with a big budget team, amid great hype.

The yesteryear coaching legend had led still another franchise to epic disappointment. This time it is the Calgary Flames – a team that Darryl Sutter retooled to meet Iron Mike’s specifications.

The Flames caught a first-round cab against the upstart Blackhawks, coached by Old Friend Joel Quenneville.

The bald-headed despot ran off skilled players, played goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff into the ice and then got outcoached when the games mattered. Nice work!

Given the high expectations in Calgary, this exit will not go over well. Knowing Keenan, he will probably try and end-around by going to ownership to get more control, at the expense of GM Darryl Sutter.

Perhaps Sutter will try to save himself by cashiering Keenan, who is a tactically incompetent coach whose motivational tactics quit working ages ago — when top players gained lifetime security with multi-million-dollar deals.

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Change Needed In Calgary

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

What next, Mr. Sutter?

One thing is evident on the heels of the Calgary Flames latest first-round defeat: It’s time to make changes.

With the coaching staff.

With the personnel.

With the identity.

The man atop the totem pole, GM Darryl Sutter, can make all the assertions he wants this season was done in by injuries.

A betting man says he will.

But that’s only part of the puzzle that’s become as scrambled as the one you get from the box Christmas morning from your aunt.

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Flames Fade

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

All the months of preparation; all the trades; all the dollars spent on salary — all in vain once again for the Calgary Flames, whose season ended in familiar fashion last night.

Only once in the past 20 years have the Flames advanced past the first round, and their prolonged postseason drought continued again this spring.

The Flames had no answers last night for a Chicago Blackhawks team that outclassed them in all areas of the game — physical play, special teams, discipline, energy and finishing ability. The net result: A 4-1 Blackhawks’ win, which gave the visitors from Chicago the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series by a margin of 4-2.

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Chicago Blackhawks Advance To The Western Conference Semi-Finals

Chicago took a very early two goal lead and basically skated with the Flames the rest of the way.

Chicago scores into an empty net late in the game, final score 4-1.

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