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
Nevin Hartley, 2008-04-24 02:10:01
They need 2 good play making centers and another scoring winger for the second line.
John, 2008-04-23 20:56:16
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
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
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
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