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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.

Move to pull Kipper stinks



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In my opinion they were missing desire. I have seen them play better than they did. Altimatly the blame lies on the players no one else. Blaming the coach is just an excuse. You can't tell me after 10 years or better of playing hockey that they need someone to tell them how to play. I've been at my current job for about 4 years and I don't need someone to tell me what to do.
Dwain, 2008-04-24 02:28:24

The Flames were clearly outgunned by San Jose. The character that this team showed was outstanding. They just do not have enough offense to compete with the Sharks. Huselius has to go. Another quality center needs to be brought in. At least another scoring winger would help and some MOBILE defensemen to help Dion would help. The Sharks exploited the slower defensemen on numerous occasions. I can't fault coach Keenan for trying to change the momentum. The bottom line is that the Flames need more firepower in their offense. Iggy can't score all the goals for this team.


Nevin Hartley, 2008-04-24 02:10:01

Flames are lacking scoring forwards. Iggy carries that team on is back but he cant do it every night even though he tries to.

They need 2 good play making centers and another scoring winger for the second line.


John, 2008-04-23 20:56:16

I think coach Keenan should be fired, for pulling Kipper out of the game. What he did just proves that he should not be the coach for the flames. This is the 3rd year in a row the Flames were knock out of the playoffs, if I were them I would ask Sutter to be the coach agian.
Michale, 2008-04-23 19:40:33

Calgary has only advanced past the first round of playoffs once since they won the cup in 1989 (19 years).

Keenan hasn't coached a team past the first round of the playoffs since he won the cup with the Rangers in 1994 (14 years).

Was the outcome of this series even in doubt?
Brent, 2008-04-23 18:42:13

Calgary is missing offence. They need a couple more snipers and guys who can create shots on net and scoring chances (as noted by one of the games where they got only 10 shots on net).

Kiprusoff is not the goalie he was 2 or 3 years ago either, but he's still good.

Maybe another better defenceman as well.

San Jose is an amazing team when they are on their game and it will be hard for anyone to stop them.

Calgary did pretty well to take it to a game 7, but the last game wasn't even close.
gordholio, 2008-04-23 18:07:55

It certainly wasn't Kippers best performance .Defense was flat all year .Flames teams always seem to lack chemistry, individually good on paper but inconsistent .Blame the coaches all you want but Sutter must go .
Micheal, 2008-04-23 15:43:24

Ron,

I agree with most of what you said except # 7. I thought Yelle played well for being a third line and penalty killer.

Yes Erickson # 8 and Hale # 8 were brutal. It seemed everytime Hale had the puck he turned it over and Erickson always seems to be out of position. For a man of his size he should be hammering anything that moves.

Changes are needed especially at the forward positions.
John L, 2008-04-23 14:34:17

Keenan and the coaching staff need to be sent walking. The absence of a real defensive system has crippled the team all year.

This culiminated in Keenan being badly outcoached in game 7. Really Keenan, why was #8 Erikson out there after demonstrating he was being exploited on EVERY shift? He took the first penalty (resulting in 1-0) and was on the ice for 2 of the next 3. You had #4 playing wing... why carry 7 defensemen if you're not going to use them?

You pulled Kipper in a game 7 where he wasn't the problem. Exactly what does that do for his attitude next year? Great coaching. Loser.

You were brought in to "teach this team how to win" (these were the words of management, look them up).

What did we get? The hardest to watch Dr. Jeckell and Mr. Hyde team that Calgary has ever iced.

Since you didn't deliver your promise, you need to pay the price.

King needs to tell Sutter that his coaching cadre isn't working... and they have to toss them all.

Then they can start clearing out the passengers on this team: #8, #21, #24, etc. and retire off some of the guys who just can't bring it like they used to #7, #44...


Ron, 2008-04-23 13:43:00

I agree with the fact that had the season gone on any longer, the Flames would have ended out of the playoffs. I do however disagree with all those that try to portray the fact that Kipper didn,t play well enough. If it wasn't for his stellar play they would have been out in the first four games. They were outshot 141 to 79 in these games. A goal which may be questionable is always the one that is talked about as being weak. Nothing is mentioned about the fifteen shotss which he miraculously stopped which should have been goals. He is going up against way too many shots game after game. A goalie is only as good as the team in front of him He ioutplayed Nabakov who had only a .895 save percentage. Nabalov allowed 17 goals on 162 shot, Kipper 19 on 229 shots...go figure. The Flames need a defence that can move the puck out of their end. Whan a two man forecheck can hem a team in their end for up to a minute there is sometning wrong. The yank of Kipper had no bearing on the outcome of the game and I think Keenan did it in an attempt to shock the team into putting in a fuller effort. None of the goals were Kipper's fault, if you can't see it you can't stop it. Why couldn't the FLames figure out that shots on goal win games..Look at the ones they scored. Not pretty but just shots put towards the net which find a way of getting in. It's not the super shots which usually end up in the net, it the change ups or fluke type goals. Just ask me, I'm a goalie.
Mike not Miikka, 2008-04-23 13:30:38

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