Harold wrote:SRsez wrote:Island Nucklehead wrote:The point was: Calgary's D is better than ours.
Since when? They have a better team defense (or at least did last season, this one remaining to be seen), but how is Mark Giordano or Andrei Zyuzin that much better than Kevin Bieksa? Phaneuf will be good, but he's no Matty Ohlund today. Regehr or Mitchell? Robyn's a pussy comparatively. What does that leave? Hamrlik & Ference? I'd rather have Salo.
But that's not really the point anyway, because Calgary's problem isn't defense, it's scoring with their pathetic forward corps.Island Nucklehead wrote:I do think they are better off if their #1 goalie goes down.
Well, you're entitled to your opinion. To me what it means is mostly this: Is McLennan better than Sabourin or Flaherty?
By almost every measurable quantity the Flames suck.
They are smoke & mirrors, with almost all of their success of the past 2 seasons coming at the expense of the Canucks. Not this year.
Vancouver has a superior top 3 (Ohlund, Salo, Mitchell) to Calgary, and the only question marks heading into the season was how Krajicek and Bieksa would do in spots #4 and 5. With their excellent play so far I think it is very clear that Vancouver's D is better than Calgary's.
Yup, not to mention that this is even with arguably the Canucks biggest disappointment so far being Bourdon's lack of readiness. I still think he's an elite prospect, and if he can find his feet this season (and it's too early to tell either way), then anything he brings just increases our lead over Calgary. If not and he's sent down, there's the possibility of using Bourdon's $850k cap hit to bring in some help.