Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Scooter Kelly on 08/30/11 at 11:00 AM ET
As the Flambe embark upon another heated training camp, GM Feaster has once again shown he may be the Alex Anthopoulos of the NHL. He has traded a soon to be 35 year old curmudgeon with a $4.5M cap hit for a 29 year old $1.9 M with his best days ahead. The excited new asset goes by the name of Lee Stempniak. The departed, if your twitter machine or rabbits ears are broken, is the much revered Daymond Langkow.
Mr Feaster has just acquired a young buck that sniped 28 in 2009-2010 and 19 more in
the defensive desert
Phoenix last season. While I could go on and on about how great Lee-Stemp is just for joining the rouge et blanc, lets pay homage to a departed warrior. Lanks was acquired before the 04-05 season for the fierce duo of Oleg Saprykin and Denis Gauthier. (Snicker….tee hee). He enjoyed some fruitful seasons that featured 25, 30, and 33 snipe totals. His best assets other than his salt and pepper adorned beard were his defensive and faceoff disciplines. Apparently, he was a real great pal as well, as a couple seasons back he was named BFF to a handful of different teammates in a Calgary Sun info sharing article.
Another glowing aspect of Lanks is his steadfast affection for the media. His interviews were long, enthusiastic, and filled with eyebrow inflection and easy smiles. My bad, I have obviously mixed that anecdote with number 12. Lanks didn’t do interviews. I don’t recall one in his 6 seasons. I’m sure there were some, but nothing with the verve and zeal of the Don of Interviews, Daryl Sutter. He was smiles and jokes in the dressing room and with the fellas but show him a microphone and you’d think he’d just smelled a fart straight from the Taco Time spokesman Vincente. (Not product placement, just a good example of smelly ass). I guess you can’t have everything. As most recall, 10-11 was cut short as Daymond recovered from a horrific injury that involved a slap shot meeting his spine as he ducked while facing an Ian White slappy. It was truly inspiring to see him get back on the ice for the final 4 games, though sadly they missed out on the playoffs. Or as the team to the North call it “Free Time!” or “Scouting for our 1st Overall Pick Season”.
I could go on at length about the virtues of the former #22 of the Flaming C but lets just all sit in front of our ‘puters, iPads, Smart Phones and notebooks and slowly, gently golf clap into a crescendo for Mr…..Daymond…..Langkow. (I hear crickets!) Everyone in the Flames Fan community (best fans ever) wish him nothing but the best but remain excited about the potential for their newest stud in the stable. There are rumors he may be taking number 69, thought they can’t be verified.
Feeling the Love for Lanks,
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