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Flame out at Trade Day?

Yes indeed, the highlight of the Flames day today was the deal made between Craig Conroy and J-Feast. There were rumors of Conny dangling Oreo cookies for Jay’s prized homemade pasta salad. Thanks Fake Jay Feaster for the chuckle. Today our henchmen in crimson were rewarded for their fine collapses of late, (up 2-0 to Phoenix-losing 3-2, up 3-0 to Philly-losing 5-4) with the opportunity to stay together. Perhaps the big move was summoning Guillaume Desbiens from Abbotsford and sending Krys Kolanos back to the farm. Yes, I think we have a winner. In J-Feast`s defense he did lock up Tim Jackman for 2 years at a miniscule $1.25. Sometimes less is indeed more.

There were phone calls requesting Matt Stajan and a 6th rounder for Rick Nash, but Calgary politely declined. Perhaps Mr. Sarich was offered to the highest bidder but again no deal was consummated. The Paul Gaustad`s of the world fetching a first rounder seem like lunacy to the bare shelves of Calgary, so no deals of that ilk were negociated. What we were left with at the end of the day was the same product we had going in. CBC Sports guru Eric Francis had it right; alot of empty threats from the GM, and more dashed hopes from miracle-seeking Flames savants. No trade deadline extravaganza has been so quiet. Daryl Sutter used to call it his day of media hoarding. I myself enjoyed the numerous big deals on that special occasion, yet sometimes trades that are forced bear little fruit. Can anyone recall that deal that involved Dion Phaneuf a couple years ago-need I say more. The Flames had minimal trade partners as they have minimal feasible assets. I am a realist. The stars are compensated with such high financial regard that they are untradeable. Plus they all have No Movement Clauses tacked on. The days of the blockbuster in Calgary have shown our new General’s that big trade deadline deals aren`t always sexy. Though many are furious, I tend to agree that today`s inaction was prudent.

Let`s get back to the issue at hand. The Flambe sit in 11th, 3 points out of 8th. The sweet taste of victory has been eluding them with horrible lead-losing defeats. The single points are nice to a certain degree, but those 2 points should have been a lock. The road doesn`t get any easier with the 2011-2012 Cinderellas from St. Louis in town for Al MacInnis Night. 2 points is pretty much a must at this stage of the game. Thursday they travel to hockey hotbed Phoenix. Time will tell if the fellas can find their way into the playoffs. We will also know by the end of the regular season if the wise and venerable tandem of Jay Feaster and John Weisbrod have succeeded with their nouveau management style. Until then, we shall resort to the virtues of prayer…..not real prayer, just Flame-loving faith, an entirely less religious experience.

Scooter Chouinard

P.S. I hope you enjoyed the French-influenced backwards apostrophes. Canada is a bilingual country and I`m trying to do my part.

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CBC Sports guru Eric Francis had it right

perhaps the strangest outcome of the day

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/28/12 at 03:19 AM ET

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