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What were the Flames missing?
Wed, April 23, 2008

The good news in the Game 7 loss to the Sharks was the Flames showed enough character to take the series against a favoured team to the limit, especially when they trailed after five games.

The bad news is they were thrashed when it mattered most.

What happened to the Flames? What were they missing in their lineup to put them over the edge and wins a playoff series? Have your say in our forum.

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Dion Phaneuf is already one of the top defencemen in the league and he's still young. I think there are minor things he can improve on, but I don't think he's going to get many more points than what he's getting (maybe 10 more points); he's no Bobby Orr - but then again, who is?
gordholio, 2008-04-27 21:03:09

Whatever the diatribe going on back and forth, it's not going to change things for Dion Phaneuf. He has so much more upside to come that you can't tarnish based whether you support/despise the Flames. We all know that he has the tools, and will naturally mature more as a NHL player.

Defense is the hardest of all hockey positions to master and Dion still needs a ton of polish. He's lived up to his billing but he's not complete, not just yet. To judge Dion's capability is not conjecture, no matter where you call home.
mel auten, 2008-04-27 02:37:15

pete puck for brains

The Oilers suck and will for years to come. They have 2 good young fowards thats it clown.

Defence might even be worse than the Laffs. Gonna be a few years to the playoffs at least you idiot.

Garon may or may not be a number 1 goalie, hasnt played enough games.

hey kid, hows the x box and game boy ? lol


Wayne, 2008-04-26 16:42:13

Wayne, never said Souray was better, never said any Oiler was better. You did Moron. Again just spew the crap you spew and believe it cause no one else does. Your an idiot, full stop.
Pete, 2008-04-25 21:00:12

pete puck for brains

Phaneuf is 10 times better than any oilers defenceman. Who is even close to him ? Souray another McCabe, power play specialist but useless in his own end ? lol How many games did Souray play again this year ? He is injury prone and the oilers actually did the habs a favour by taking him off their hands.

face it kid, you would be happy to have him on your team any day of the week.

Maybe he does have an injury or maybe its a family situation. he is only hurting himself if he has any hopes of playing in the 2010 Olympics.


Wayne, 2008-04-25 18:12:39

Wayne, well put!!! again right or wrong, you are entitled to your opinion. Lame talk, How so, what was lame about him being classless in turning down his country. Has nothing to do with his skill level. Lastly, It's your opinion he is better than any oiler defencemen, with his +3 and all. Guy throws a few good hits and lets give him the Norris. NOT.
Pete, 2008-04-25 15:00:02

pete

well one thing is for sure. phaneuf is certainly better than any defenceman the oilers have lol

more lame talk from a jealous oilers fan of a flames player they would love to have on there non playoff team lol
wayne, 2008-04-25 11:34:52

Dionne Phanneuf, what a class act. He better be injured! Turned down Team Canada, this guy is a prima donna and not nearly as big an tough as he thinks he is. He will start getting his, what goes around comes around and he's a nominee for the Norris trophy, Class Act, NOT.
Pete, 2008-04-25 09:13:29

The Flames need to get a few more forwards that can score and take the pressure off Iggy to carry the team night in and night out which he does most of the time.

He scored 50 goals this year with a center thats really a second line player. If he ever had a true number 1 line center he would get 60 plus easy.

Huselius and Tanguay should be traded. Neither did much in the playoffs. They need 2 playmaking centers, 1 for Iggy and 1 for the second line plus another winger that can score for the second line.

A puck moving defenceman would be good to.

Erickson and Hale were pylons on defence. Why Sutter signed Erickson as a free agent boggles my mind.

Hale he traded for as depth but played more than he should have.

I thought with the limited talent they have up front they played very well taking the Sharks to game 7.


Tim, 2008-04-24 11:35:21

I would like to see Sutter gone along with all the coaching staff, not that they have done a bad job but to get some fresh hockey minds, more desire, a change from the same old same old. Sutter has brought in (especially on defence) players that other teams found they didn't need,I'm sure the players would welcome some new faces, a different system, Pat Burns would be a good fit to coach, Jim Nill or Ken Holland for GM, Joe Niewendyke (can't spell is name)for president

Sounds pretty good eh!
Ed, 2008-04-24 10:37:18

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