Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/28/12 at 09:37 PM ET
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Roughly an hour after the Calgary Flames defied conventional wisdom by drafting high-school star Mark Jankowski 21st overall, one high-profile agent made a ruthless prediction.
“The kid will never play in the NHL,” he wrote in an unsolicited email.
“I saw him play several times. He’s scared of his shadow.”
On Wednesday, it took less time than that for a flood of negativity from media types, executives and fans reacting to the Flames’ acquisition and signing of Dennis Wideman to a five-year, US$26.25-million deal….
The sentiment is clear around town and the league: Very few people are willing to give the Flames the benefit of the doubt these days.
Their lengthy record of draft blunders, inability to effectively fill cracks in an aging lineup and refusal to consider a rebuild through three years of playoff-less hockey has understandably done wonders to breed such negativity.
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