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Flaming into the Abyss?

Congratulations to Jarome Iginla on his 13th season of 25 goals or better. Even better is the fact that he has achieved that in consecutive seasons on a team that many may deem subpar.  This season’s version of the Calgary Flames leave us questioning many aspects of their game. The debate is over. The team is horrible at shootouts. They are 3-7 in these sordid affairs and have lost another 5 games in overtime. Pee-yugh. They have been kind enough to let teams back into games enabling the extra time, and inevitably they may be letting those teams into the playoffs, a sort of “holding the door” mentality. Very Canadian indeed though their passionate fans are more of the ” Flee the burning building” kind of operation. The shame spiral continues, yet the excuses still fail to materialize.

The 3-3-4 record in the past 10 games is a harsh reminder that the boys of winter are not peaking at the right time. Kipper seems to be retaining his ridiculous skill. Jarome and Tangz are gelling like a couple of Drumheller felons. Scoreface Glencross has been stellar as Helen Keller since he returned from the disabled list. It seems like it’s taking a real team effort to lose these pivotal games. Butler, Stempniak, Blair Jones, Backlund, Comeau, Bouma and Cammalleri are all injured. No excuses. 7 players don’t make a team, they only make half a team. Ugh. David Moss has added some jump. 3 months off will do that. The real problem is with management. Craig Conroy isn’t in the dressing room keeping the boys loose with his Bill Cosby impersonations. I’m assuming that’s the kind of tomfoolery that graces NHL locker rooms. While it’s refreshing to see Conny smiling from the pressbox after each goal, the team is definitely finding a way to lose more often than not and noone has an idea why. Injuries, bad reffing, Gary Bettman directed league parity, the close proximity to the inept on ice product to the North are all valid excuses to explain their present failure to succeed. From the fans perspective excuses may feel good at the time, but the Dome regulars would much rather see this team take it to the next level. Perhaps the recall of Desbiens/Kolanos/Nemisz aka tomorrow night’s 4th line, will spur the team to victory versus l’horrible Habitants. Poor Cammy is going to miss out. Hopefully its a brief trip to the sick room.

Standings update: it’s not looking good. 11th place, 3 points back of San Jose and 16 games left to play. Only these Sharks are struggling with similar zeal to your Calgary Flames. There is no need to postulate as to what record they need to attain. 16-0 would increase their chances beaucoup. A proud franchise never mirrors Tank Nation in hopes of securing a higher draft pick. Tank Nation isn’t actually our friends from the North but the ideology of throwing it in doesn’t appeal to most season ticket holders, in any sport. Perhaps between-period navel oranges will give the team that extra oomph moving forward. Just an idea.

As the noose begins to tickle the jugular of the band of brothers, the answer lies within the confines of their dressing room. J-Feast kept the roster the same at the trade dealine. The only add/drops in this Fantasy hockey is with Abbotsford. The cupboard remains fairly bare there as well. Perhaps the Dome will cut their beer prices in half after each preceding home victory. Perhaps the Leafs can acquire a player from Ontario to appease Grapes.  And maybe, just maybe Jarome can guide his team to a remarkable finish and a birth in the playoffs. We’ll have to wait and see.


Living on a Prayer,

Scooter Matteau

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