I'm just going to try and forget you said that.
Anybody see any memorable Bountiful quotes tonight?
You know what I mean. They put the boots to them for 30 minutes. If at any time during the final 30 minutes they needed to put the boots to them again they would of. I was just saying I have no issue with the team going through the motions when they play 3 in 4 nights etc.... And really going through the motions still had them playing the Flames evenly (at worse).
That is one slow team.
Perhaps they have the talent like many on Calphuck think. I would disagree, especially on the blueline. However, talent aside they are missing:
-passing ability (hmm that would seem to fall under talent...guess they might be missing that after all)
-ability to make good offensive decisions (Tanguay and his over-passing is worse than Henrik has ever been, blueline is clueless when it comes to offense. hmm that talent thing again)
-clueless when it comes to a 5 man defensive structure
-any sort of discipline. It's why guys like Bourque and usually Glencross don't help a team nearly as much as they should.
-and yes they are missing any sort of mental fortitude.
It also confuses me how Iginla gets such a free ride from most flames fans. I understand he was a great player for the organization and was a good leader during some successful years. Fact is right now he IS a player on the decline and it is affecting all aspects of his game. He is becoming much more of a perimeter player (though one with a great shot that will put up goals if he is open), his defensive coverage is really quite terrible and has been for several years now, his offensive forays die when he's carrying the puck (that perimeter thing again) and quite frankly his leadership and demeanor on the ice (and off) often doesn't justify the C on his chest right now.
That isn't to say I would hate to see Iginla on the canucks. I wouldn't. It'd be nice for the cnaucks to have that kind of shooter. But he wouldn't be THE guy in Vancouver. He'd be a support player, a very good one, but a support player nonetheless. Same as he would be in Pittsburgh who you have to think would just love to have him alongside Crosby or Malkin.
Honestly when I look at the Flames team I see a team that may squeeze into the playoffs only to get bounced in 4 or 5 games. I think the ownership is happy with that and that is GREAT because it will have the Flames continually spinning their wheels. If they were smart they'd own up to the fact that the roster they have doesn't resemble the roster they need. The canucks, oilers, and avs are all building fast teams and in another 12 months a similar looking Flames team is going to be getting their asses kicked by those three teams on a regular basis. And that will mean they won't have a chance at the playoffs. The Flames need to move several of Bourque, Glencross, Iginla, Kiprusoff, Bouwmeester, Sarich, etc etc and rebuild. I really really really hope they don't.