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How can the Flames improve?
Sun, June 1, 2008

Fans invest heavily in the Calgary Flames. They give their money. They surrender their time. They entrust their emotions.

Are they happy? Do Flames fans receive enough in return for those dollars, moments, and that love?

Have your say in our forum.

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Improved defence. Poor Kippersof ( I don't know how to spell his name)) was bombared with shots. Too many if you ask me. Golies are Human too.

Umm actually get a team that can work toghter and not against each other The only real hard worker was Iguanis and Kippersof

Otherwise they can join Montreal and have a BBQ, look for bury or sunken treasure and pray to the almighty Hockey God for a better team.

((again I really don't know how to spell those names.))
A hockey fan, 2008-05-28 16:14:52

I think Steve yzerman or Jim Nill would be better for the job
john macdonald, 2008-05-28 15:10:31

First of all let me start by saying i'm a huge oilers fan but i'd rather see the flames in the stanley cup than detriot, but i see the flames going down the same road as the oilers did, they are trying to keep the old boys club going, they need more youth it might be time to get rid of iginla and kipper before there value completly crumples and as for Keenan he doesn't have what it takes to win in alberta
jimf, 2008-05-27 18:25:55

flame,

I agree with you. The Flames then were fun to watch and the whole country got behind them. This year, all we've heard is about the dream finals with Detroit and Pittsburgh. I'd take the finals with the Flames and Oilers over this year any day. How is it bad for hockey if an 8th seed gets to the finals if they earned it and they show up to force a seventh game? I'm hoping that Pittsburgh's not done yet, but even if they make a series of it the Flames and Oilers showed they belonged there, and if the ratings were low because Americans didn't watch, all I can say is they missed some pretty good moments.


Rick W., 2008-05-27 13:33:01

Start playing their stick boys.LOL.
nighttrain, 2008-05-22 18:59:36

Just do the exact opposite of what the Maple Leafs do lol
Bill, 2008-05-21 14:03:04

FIRST THEY HAVE TO ADMIT THEY ARE NOT DEEP ENOUGH.

SECOND THEY ARE NOT BIG ENOUGH TO PLAY THE WAY HEY DID IN 04 AND 06

THIRD THEY HAVE ADMIT THAT OWEN NOLAN IS A 4TH LINER AT BEST, LET HIM SEMI RETIRE ON ANOTHER TEAM

FOURTH THE DEFENCE IS NOT THAT BIG AND FAST AS THEY THINK PAST DION AND ROBYN

FIFTH THEY MAKE TOO MANY MENTAL ERORS EX; WORST LINE CHANGES IN THE LEAGUE.

SIXTH KEENAN WAS NOT TOUGH ENOUGH

SEVENTH THEY DO NOT HAVE A FIRST LINE CENTER (MAYBE LOMBO IF HE IS GIVEN THE CHALLENGE)

FINALLY, SUTTER NEEDS TO TAKE MORE CONTROL OF THE ON ICE PLAY

THESE DON'T HAPPEN THEY MISS THE PLAYOFFS IN 08/09
WPC, 2008-05-21 01:08:06

Oh, and the other way to improve is by NOT copying the Leafs. Some of us are just plain old hockey fans. We are not a nation, we are not an army, we're not militant, rabid, and we don't dress like freaks just to show how much we cheer for our team. A little objectivity helps keep the true fans sane and frees up management to make the right moves with our support, to make the team better. So lose the nation garbage.
Rick W., 2008-05-20 16:58:32

I enjoyed the 2004 flames because they forechecked like crazy, hit everything and played in overdrive all year. Some say they didn't win it all because of the lack of talent... I would still rather have heart, grit and determination as the flaming C's identifying traits. Nothing irritates me more than talent floating back and forth between the bluelines.
flamemonsterD, 2008-05-20 16:28:53

They've actually done an admirable job of locking up core players (Iggy and Kipper) and trying to get local boys who know what to expect in Alberta. But they will always be handicapped by the "living in Alberta" issue. As shown by the Pronger problem in Edmonton, you can do everything humanly possible to attract and retain talent, but when their wives have to live in either of these cities day after day, quite often alone during roadtrips, it isn't enough. Ways to improve the team:

1) target young, single players.

2) pay to bring wives who want to travel along on the road.

3) most importantly, try to get more varied cultural events started in Alberta cities. Make it more liveable and fun, while cutting down on crime.

If all of this works, they could maybe attract a few trade deadline players such as Hossa that might make the difference.
Rick W., 2008-05-20 15:56:46

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