The Worst Calgary Flames Team…Ever

The Calgary Flames are considered a “rebuilding” franchise, and boy do they need rebuilding. After finishing the shortened 2012 season with a 19-25-4 record, the Flames team was projected to have a measly 72 points had they played a full 82 game schedule. 72 points! That brings back memories of the Blue Jackets point totals since 2009/2010.

Not only is the past still haunting Calgary fans but the future doesn’t look too charming either. The Flames got unlucky when Miikka Kiprusoff decided to retire with little reason and they also lost veteran forward Alex Tanguay via trade. Here is a look at the notable off-season transactions.

Additions:

Departures:

  • Miikka Kiprusoff (G)
  • Alex Tanguay (LW)
  • Roman Cervenka (RW)
  • Cory Sarich (D)
  • Anton Babchuk (D)

Ladies and gentlemen, your Calgary Flames 2013 offseason transactions. I’m telling you, I pick up better guys on the waiver wire of my fantasy league. I can’t say that I don’t like the Flames but if I were I die-hard fan, I would turn to the Oilers for the time being. If the Flames choose to keep Sean Monahan in the NHL then I would definitely keep my eye out for him and consider picking him up in your fantasy league.

Calgary claims to be in rebuilding mode but the roster is still full of veterans and Matt Stajan. As of October 22, 2013, the Flames have 9 players 30+ years old and if it weren’t for their relatively young centers, then their average team age of 28.199 years old would be a whole lot higher.

In conclusion, if the Flames want to have a real shot at the playoffs, then Karri Ramo is not a suitable option for a starter. Lets say Ramo gets hurt for a long period of time. Who does Calgary turn to? Joey MacDonald is the unfortunate answer. Personally, I would go after Buffalo’s  goalie Ryan Miller, and drain whatever Miller has left in the tank.

By no means do I dislike the Flames, but if they want to impress their fans, I suggest doing a proper rebuild and focus on a 2nd line center, 2nd-3rd line defense and a goaltender!

Karri Ramo

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NHL Trade Deadline Predictions

April 3rd is the date. Non-stop action of hockey trades. Many big names have been thrown around this year. We have already seen Jarome Iginla shipped to Pittsburgh, Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh and Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been busy over the past few days and they seem to be making a serious run for the cup. Here are some of the big trade possibilities as well as my predictions for who I think might be on the move on Wednesday.

           

Mason Raymond and Robert Luongo                                        Ryan Miller and Robyn Regehr

 

Player Position (Age) Current Team  Best Fit(s)
Mike Ribeiro Centre (33) Washington     Buffalo
Calgary
Ryan Miller Goalie (32) Buffalo     Buffalo
Tampa Bay
Florida
Ryane Clowe Left Wing (30) San Jose     Dallas
Nashville
Phialdelphia
Derek Roy Centre (29) Dallas     Dallas
Los Angeles
Jay Bouwmeester Defence (29) Calgary     Washington
Tampa Bay
Roberto Luongo Goalie (33) Vancouver     Vancouver
Toronto
Florida
Ryan Whitney Defence (30) Edmonton     Edmonton
Washington
Colorado
Braydon Coburn Defence (28) Philadelphia     Pheonix
St. Louis
Buffalo
Mason Raymond Left Wing (27) Vancouver     Nashville
Anaheim
Jonathan Bernier Goalie (24) Los Angeles     Los Angeles
Calgary
Edmonton
Valtteri Filppula Centre (29) Detroit     Florida
Minnesota
Drew Stafford Right Wing (27) Buffalo     Buffalo
Ottawa
Winnipeg
Mark Streit Defence (35) New York I.     New York I.
Detroit
Columbus
Robyn Regehr Defence (32) Buffalo     Carolina
San Jose

NHL Predictions 2013

Finally the NHL Lockout has come to an end. This means blogging about both sports, hockey and baseball. I have made my predictions for the shortened 48 game season. It includes standings and skater statistics. Feel free to debate or argue with me. I’m always open to discuss all topics. (Note: Overtime/Shootout wins and losses are included in the Win and Loss category.

Northeast Division       Atlantic Division
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. Boston 34 14 1. New York R. 35 13
2. Ottawa 31 17 2.Pittsburgh 33 15
3. Buffalo 29 19 3. Philadelphia 30 18
4. Montreal 23 25 4. New Jersey 26 22
5. Toronto 20 28 5. New York I. 23 25
Southeast Division       Central Division  
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. Washington 32 16 1. Chicago 34 14
2. Carolina 30 18 2. St. Louis 32 16
3. Tampa Bay 29 19 3. Nashville 29 19
4. Florida 27 21 4. Detroit 25 23
5. Winnipeg 24 24 5. Columbus 18 30
Pacific Division       Northwest Division
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. San Jose 33 15 1. Vancouver 35 13
2. Los Angeles 33 15 2. Edmonton 31 17
3. Phoenix 30 18 3. Minnesota 28 20
4. Anaheim 28 20 4. Calgary 22 26
5. Dallas 24 24 5. Colorado 20 28
 Goals       Assists
Player Team Goals   Player Team Assists
1. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 33 1. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 41
2. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 32 2. Henrik Sedin Vancouver 40
3. Alex Ovechkin Washington 30 3. Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 40
4. John Tavares New York I. 28 4. Claude Giroux Philadelphia 38
5. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 27 5. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 37
6. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 27 6. Joe Thornton San Jose 37
7. Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey 27 7. Brad Richards New York R. 36
8. Phil Kessel Toronto 26 8. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 36
9. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 25 9. Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 35
10. Jonathan Toews Chicago 25 10. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 35
11. Brad Richards New York R. 25 11. Erik Karlsson Ottawa 34
12. Jason Spezza Ottawa 25 12. Mikko Koivu Minnesota 33
13. James Neal Pittsburgh 24 13. Nicklas Backstrom Washington 33
14. Corey Perry Anaheim 24 14. Eric Staal Carolina 32
15. Rick Nash New York R. 24 15. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 30
Points
Player Team  Points
1. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 70
2. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 68
3. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 63
4. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 62
5. Brad Richards New York R. 61
6. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 60
7. John Tavares New York I. 58
8. Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey 56
9. Henrik Sedin Vancouver 52
10. James Neal Pittsburgh 53
11. Alex Ovechkin Washington 53
12. Jason Spezza Ottawa 51
13. Phil Kessel Toronto 51
14. Corey Perry Anaheim 48
15. Jonathan Toews Chicago 46

NHL Award Predictions

here are less than 10 games remaining in the 11/12 NHL regular season and I have put some thought into awards this year and have made my selections of who should win what award.

Hart Memorial Trophy– An award given to the player who proves he is most valuable to his team.

Winner: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.       Runner Ups: Steven Stamkos, TB.     Claude Giroux, PHI.                                                   

 

 

Art Ross Trophy– An award given to the player who leads the league in points.

 Winner: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.       Runner Ups: Claude Giroux, PHI.       Steven Stamkos, TB.

 

 

Calder Memorial Trophy– An award given to the best first year player (rookie).

 Winner: Gabriel Landeskog, COL.       Runner Ups: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM.     Adam Henrique, NJ.

 

 

James Norris Memorial Trophy– An award given to the best overall defenseman, who excels with the greatest all-around ability.

 Winner: Erik Karlsson, OTT.       Runner Ups: Alex Pietrangelo, STL.      Alex Edler, VAN.

 

 

Vezina Trophy- An award given to the goaltender who is voted the best by the General Managers of all 30 teams.

  Winner: Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT.     Runner Ups: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR.    Pekka Rinne, NSH.

 

 

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy– An award given to the player who best displays sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct.

  Winner: Patrick Elias, NJ.         Runner Ups: Martin St. Louis, TB.     Tomas Fleischmann, FLA.

 

 

Frank J. Selke Trophy– An award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of game.

  Winner: Jason Pominville, BUF.        Runner Ups: Ryan Kesler, VAN.      Pavel Datsyuk, DET.

 

 

 William M. Jennings Trophy- An award given to the goalie with a (minimum 25 games) and the fewest goals scored against them.

  Winner: Jaroslav Halak/Brian Elliot, STL.        Runner Ups: Jonathan Quick, LA.        Henrik Lundqvist, NYR.

 

 

 Jack Adams Award– An award given to the coach that has been ajudged to have contributed the most to his team.

  Winner: John Tortorella, NYR.         Runner Ups: Barry Trotz, NSH.        Kevin Dineen, FLA.

 

 

 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy– An award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perserverence and       dedication to hockey.

  Winner: Scott Hartnell, PHI.        Runner Ups: Daymond Langkow, CGY.       Barrett Jackman, STL.

 

 

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award– An award given to the player who leads the league in goal scoring at the end of the year.

  Winner: Steven Stamkos, TB.        Runner Ups: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.          Marian Gaborik, NYR.

 

 

Ted Lindsay Award– An award given to the player voted “most outstanding” by fellow members of the NHLPA.

  Winner: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.         Runner Ups: Steven Stamkos, TB.         Claude Giroux, PHI.

 

                                           

    Hart Memorial Trophy                              Vezina Trophy                                     Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

What Ever Happened To…?

You know those celebrities who kind of just disappear for a couple of years? Some come back with their biggest role or performance, some stay away from the show biz for the rest of their lives. Well some athletes are like that. They can either be forgotten about in the minors, have a quiet retirement, or start playing in the beer leagues. Here is my list of some of the most forgotten about players.

Maxim Afinogenov, The Russian right-winger played 9 years for Buffalo and 1 for Atlanta. He surpassed 20 goals three times and 60 points three times. Then, rather quietly, on Aug. 6 2010, Maxim signed with St.Petersburg SKA of the KHL. Will Afinogenov be the next Alex Radulov or Jaromir Jagr and come back to the NHL? Nobody knows.

Jonathan Cheechoo, This NHL goal scoring leader in 05/06 has had major point decreases since that year. Cheechoo had 93 points in 05/06, then 69 points in 06/07, 37 in 07/08, 29 in 08/09, 14 in 09/10 all the way to the minor leagues. Cheechoo who was sent to Ottawa in the Dany Heatley deal was supposed to be a solid second or third line winger but instead was signed by St. Louis in July 2011. He is currently playing for Peoria of the AHL.

Rob Davison, He may not be a superstar, but you may recognize him as the one who scored that 197 ft. shot on Vesa Toskala in March 2008 as a New York Islander. Rob is now playing Trinec Ocelari HC in the Czech league. Davison only has 18 career points in NHL play but will always be known for the only goal he scored in that 07/08 season. 

Alex Frolov, The Russian sniper played 7 seasons in Los Angeles racking up career highs of 35 goals and 71 points. On July 27th Frolov signed with the New York Rangers. The Rangers did not get what they had hoped for. Frolov played 43 games and only had 16 points. Then in May 2011, Frolov signed with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. I don’t think Alex received the recognition he deserved when playing in L.A. He never appeared in an All Star Game, but he did represent Russia at the 2006 Olympic games in Turin, Italy.

Jamie Lundmark, Drafted 9th overall by the New York Rangers in 1999, has struggled to stay in the NHL  since being drafted. Lundmark has played for 6 different AHL and 5 different NHL teams. He has under 100 points in the NHL. He most recently played with Milwaukee of the AHL before signing with Timra IK in a Swedish league on January 10, 2011. Jamie is currently playing with Riga Dynamo of the KHL. Lundmark played great in his junior years, he just hasn’t faired quite as well in professional hockey.

Bryan McCabe, This 220 lbs. defenseman had his best years with Toronto reaching 68 points at one point in his career. Once he was traded to Florida his career started to fall down. His point totals started to drop and then again was traded, this time to the New York Rangers. He then became a free agent after his 19 game stint in New York and is currently still a free agent. In his late thirties you can expect to see him retiring within the next few years if he doesn’t find any teams to sign with.

Fredrik Modin, This 14 year veteran played for 6 teams including Tampa Bay, the team he won his only Stanley Cup with in 03/04. Modin supassed 50 points three times and 30 goals twice. Modin represented Sweden at the Olympics twice and has gone to one NHL All Star Game in 2001. Fredrik was traded  from Atlanta to Calgary on Feb. 28, 2011 and then retired that same year on May 19, 2011. Modin played just under 900 NHL games and picked up 462 points.

Ethan Moreau, Ethan was never anything special but the former captain of the Edmonton Oilers was waived on in June 2010 by the Oil. Moreau was drafted by Chicago in 1994 and has played 13 NHL seasons. Moreau was eventually claimed by Columbus in June 2010 and played 37 games with them before signing with Los Angeles in August 20 2011. Moreau has played 28 games this year for the Kings and is currently with the L.A. farm team in Manchester. Moreau who is born on September 22, the same day as me, is 36 and probably close to retirement. Ethan has 283 career points in 900 games and has over 1000 penalty minutes.

Owen Nolan, Owen has played for 7 teams including the Quebec Nordiques. Nolan has been in 5 NHL All Star Games and has 885 career points. Nolan’s last NHL team was the Minnesota Wild in 09/10. Nolan was then invited to the Vancouver Canucks tryout on August 4, 2011 but failed to make the team. Nolan is currently playing for Zurich of the Swiss league and has 26 points in 24 games. Owen has secured 6 50+ point seasons. Nolan’s career high in goals is 44 in 99/00. Owen had his career years in San Jose and proved to be a reasonable 1st overall draft pick. (In 1990).

Jarkko Ruutu, Ruutu is best known for his antics and penalties. But Ruutu was the victim of a nasty kick from New York Islanders forward Chris Simon. But Ruutu has had his share of misconduct. Jarkko has picked up 1078 penalty minutes in only 652 NHL games. Ruutu has never had more than 30 points but has had 12 goals in a season in 09/10. Ruutu is a fairly good tough guy and 4 teams agree with me. Ruutu has played with Anaheim, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. Ruutu is currently playing with Jokerit Helsinki in a Finnish league and yes, Ruutu has more penalty minutes than games played. 192 PIM- 59 games.

              

                 Jonathan Cheechoo                                                               Ethan Moreau

Tallest To Smallest

NHL players under 6′ are pretty hard to come by these days but there are few. Average players range from 6″ to 6’5″. I have put together a list of the tallest and smallest current players from each team.

* NHL Current Record (Tallest)   ** NHL Current Record (Smallest)   ▼ Goaltender

  Tallest: George Parros  6’5″  Smallest: Jason Blake, Andrew Cogliano, Niklas Hagman, Saku Koivu 5’10”

  Tallest: * Zdeno Chara 6’9″       Smallest: Brad Marchand 5’9″

   Tallest: Tyler Myers 6’8″     Smallest: ** Nathan Gerbe 5’5″

   Tallest:▼Henrik Karlsson 6’6″    Smallest: Mike Cammalleri 5’9″

   Tallest: Bryan Allen 6’5″    Smallest: Chad LaRose 5’10”

   Tallest: Jimmy Hayes 6’6″    Smallest: Andrew Shaw 5’10”

   Tallest: Ryan O’ Byrne 6’5″    Smallest: Mark Olver 5’10”

   Tallest: Rick Nash, Colton Gilles, ▼Steve Mason 6’4″    Smallest: Cam Atkinson 5’7″

   Tallest: Adam Pardy, Sheldon Souray, ▼Kari Lehtonen, 6’4″    Smallest: Toby Petersen, ▼Richard Bachman 5’10”

   Tallest: Jonathan Ericsson 6’4″    Smallest: Ian White, Jiri Hudler 5’10”

   Tallest: Andy Sutton 6’6″    Smallest: Linus Omark 5’10”

   Tallest: Keaton Ellerby 6’5″    Smallest: Sean Bergenheim, Brian Campbell, Mike Weaver 5’10”

   Tallest: Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Kevin Westgarth 6’4″   Smallest: Jonathan Bernier, Slava Voynov, Mike Richards, Scott Parse, Brad Richardson 5’11”

   Tallest: Justin Falk 6’5″     Smallest: Jared Spurgeon 5’9″

   Tallest: Mike Blunden 6’4″      Smallest: Brain Gionta, David Desharnais 5’7″

   Tallest: Hal Gill 6’7″     Smallest: Francis Boullion 5’8″

   Tallest: Dainius Zubrus 6’5″      Smallest: Zach Parise, Andy Greene, Marek Zidlicky 5’11”

   Tallest: ▼Anders Nillson 6’5″      Smallest: Michael Haley 5’10”

   Tallest: John Scott 6’8″      Smallest: Mats Zuccarello 5’7″

   Tallest: ▼Ben Bishop 6’7″     Smallest: Daniel Alfredsson 5’11”  (Every player except Alfredsson is taller than 6′ 0n Ottawa.)

   Tallest: Chris Pronger 6’6″     Smallest: Danny Briere, Matt Read, Erik Gustafsson, Kimmo Timonen 5’10”

   Tallest: Martin Hanzel 6’6″      Smallest: Ray Whitney, Daymond Langkow 5’10”

   Tallest: Eric Tangradi, Simon Despres 6’4″     Smallest: Steve Sullivan 5’8″

   Tallest: Brent Burns, Brad Winchester 6’5″     Smallest: Joe Pavelski, Torrey Mitchell, Benn Ferriero, Dan Boyle 5’11”

   Tallest: Jason Arnott 6’5″     Smallest: T.J. Hensick, Vladimir Sobotka, Kris Russell 5’11”

   Tallest: Victor Hedman, Keith Aulie 6’6″     Smallest: Martin St. Louis 5’8″

   Tallest: David Steckel 6’6″     Smallest: John-Michael Liles 5’10”

   Tallest: Andrew Alberts 6’5″      Smallest: Andrew Ebbett 5’9″

   Tallest: Jeff Schultz 6’6″         Smallest: Keith Aucoin 5’8″

   Tallest: Nik Antropov 6’6″       Smallest: Tim Stapleton 5’9″

Cellar Dweller’s

Cellar Dweller’s are players who soak up their NHL career in the minor leagues (AHL). These guys just can’t seem to play in the NHL. So the general manager sends the player down the farm team to be called up later or never again. These guys may dominate in the minors but when they get called up, they just don’t seem to click. I have put together a list of those guys who have passed their prime days or just can’t get called up from the AHL.

Raitis Ivanans, At age 33 and being a fighter Ivanans doesn’t have a whole lot left in him. This Latvian native has only played 281 NHL games and racked up 569 penalty minutes. Raitis only has 18 career points in the NHL and has spent 191 games in the AHL between Hershey, Milwaukee, Hamilton and Abbotsford. In those 191 games since 2011 he has received 583 penalty minutes in the farm system. This veteran is still fighting and taking penalties but his NHL days are even more numbered than before.

Mark Parrish, Parrish is a 35-year-old veteran who has played for 8 different NHL teams and 5 AHL teams Parrish is just playing his last few years with Binghamton of the AHL. Parrish is currently playing on a $650 000 contract. Mark Parrish has 387 career NHL points. His best season was when he had 30 goals and 60 points but that was back in 2002 when he was still pretty young. Parrish was a fairly good leader when he was captain in Minnesota but he is probably going to retire soon.

Nolan Baumgartner, Nolan was drafted 10th overall by the Capitals in the 1994 entry draft. He has only played 143 NHL games and has made his home in the AHL. At 36 Baumgartner has played for Vancouver, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Washington. Nolan has spent most of his long career with the Vancouver organization. Baumgartner has 47 career NHL points and 69 career penalty minutes. Nolan is currently with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and has 13 points in 42 games. Baumgartner is a veteran presence in the dressing room and will not give up.

Sean Avery, Yes, yes, yes, the lovable Sean Avery. Avery is an annoying 32-year-old who has more than 5 times as many NHL penalty minutes than he does points. He has 1533 minutes, that is more than a day in the box! Avery has 90 goals and is currently in the Rangers farm system. Sean has played for only 4 NHL teams but has gone back and forth between NHL and AHL. Avery has played a respectable 580 NHL games since 2001 and will continue to be a pest whether he is playing in the NHL or riding the buses in the AHL.

Wade Redden, What ever happened to good old Wade Redden? Just when we thought he had it going for him in 2005/2006, Redden had a 50 point season. He then signed with the New York Rangers the following year, and has slumped ever since. The 35-year-old defenseman has had a rather good career. He has played for Ottawa and New York and has never had less 22 points in a season until 09/10 when he was in New York. He reached the 15 goal plateau in 03/04 when he had 17 goals. Redden has 450 NHL points and ever since 2010 we haven’t heard much about him. Wade is locked up with the New York franchise until 2014 and makes $6.5 million for two years and then $5 million for the other two. Redden doesn’t even have a goal in the AHL through 30 games. Wade is making a ton of money but not playing like he should be.

      

                 Wade Redden                                                           Mark Parrish