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 Predictions 2014

It’s back! The 2014 NHL season is underway and things are already heating up. I’m a little late with my predictions but you can blame school and the MLB Postseason for that. Anyways, here are my predictions.

Atlantic Division

Metropolitan Division

Team

Wins

Losses

OT

Team

Wins

Losses

OT

1. BOS

48

29

5

1. PIT

49

29

4

2. DET

44

32

6

2. NYR

47

28

7

3. TOR

42

32

8

3. WSH

43

31

8

4. MON

38

35

9

4. NJD

38

33

11

5. OTT

36

36

10

5. NYI

40

36

6

6. TAM

31

42

9

6. PHI

33

39

10

7. FLA

29

41

12

7. CAR

31

37

14

8. BUF

29

42

11

8. CLB

28

44

10

Central Division

Pacific Division

Team

Wins

Losses OT

Team

Wins

Losses

OT

1. CHI

51

27

4

1. SJS

47

29

7

2. MIN

46

28

8

2. LAK

44

32

6

3. STL

41

34

7

3. ANA

44

33

5

4. DAL

39

33

10

4. VAN

40

37

10

5. WNP

35

38

9

5. EDM

36

35

11

6. NSH

31

38

13

6. PHO

32

43

7

7. COL

29

42

11

7. CGY

25

46

8

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