SUN Hockey Pool

Kipper overtakes Iggy

DAVID VEITCH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Not so long ago, Flames fans anointed Jarome Iginla as the team's sole untouchable player. Boy, have times changed.

Miikka Kiprusoff is now the most valued member of the Flames, according to results of our annual You Be The Boss poll.

That's not surprising, as the Finnish netminder is coming off a season worthy of Hart and Vezina trophy nominations.

Perhaps more surprising: Rookie defenceman Dion Phaneuf and fellow blueliner Robyn Regehr also place ahead of Iginla on the list of players you most want to keep.

The Flames captain is still mighty popular but his disappointing 35-goal season and hefty $7 million salary likely have eroded his popularity.

Tellingly, Iginla ranked fourth on the list of players who least deserve a raise.

There were some other clear trends to be gleaned from last week's online survey, which drew about 800 respondents.

* Most readers disapprove of the acquisitions of forwards Tony Amonte and Mike Leclerc; blueliners Roman Hamrlik and Bryan Marchment; and netminder Brian Boucher. More than half of all respondents want those players shipped elsewhere before the start of next season.

Marchment's reputation as a dirty player might have worked against him. He was a solid depth defenceman, making less than $500,000, who registered a plus-8 rating in just 37 games -- yet three-fourths of readers still want him out of town.

* Readers are pretty much split down the middle over what to do with big winger Chris Simon.

* Finally, one other thing this poll shows: Some people are just silly. For instance, 17 rocket scientists want Kiprusoff traded; 13 want Phaneuf shipped out.

And who are the two spendthrifts who think Leclerc's performance this season warranted a big raise?

Mike and his agent, surely.

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YOUR SAY ... ON FLAMES PLAYERS

How Roman Hamrlik manages to garner $3.5 million a year is grotesque. Shean Donovan is spotty. Daymond Langkow is Jekyll-and-Hyde material. Calgary's best players are not talked about enough: Stephane Yelle, Matthew Lombardi, Kristian Huselius, Jordan Leopold, Robyn Regehr. Why is Jarome Iginla fighting? Chris Simon should kick someone's a--.

-- EUGENE MCGARRIGLE

You have to wonder what is going on in that dressing room that makes a team come out in a Game 7 and play as poorly as they did. I've seen more heart in my five-year-old nephew playing NHL '06 on his Playstation.

-- STEVEN STRANG

Kristian Huselius is a guy who could play with Jarome Iginla next season and those two will really bond. Tony Amonte, Chris Simon, Mike Leclerc are dispensable. Give Roman Hamrlik another chance to find his game.

-- ALLAN BLAIR TOWLER

The Flames have to stop picking up players like Tony Amonte and hope they shine again. They need to sacrifice a No. 1 draft pick for a top-of-the- line, sure goal scorer.

-- VAL HOKANSON

My biggest disappointment during this year's playoffs was the looks on the faces of the Flames once they had lost. They couldn't believe how badly they had been outplayed. They all seemed to forget that sometimes in order to win, you cannot leave anything in the tank.

-- MIKE SWEET

The Calgary Flames have to find another player who is capable of scoring goals to help out Jarome Iginla. Tony Amonte was a big bust this year but maybe he will respond next year in the goal-scoring department. And, no, we do not need to try out loudmouth Jeremy Roenick.

-- JOHN ABRAMCHUK

I do not see the point in saying the bad things about the Flames. Yes, they lost but they simply got outplayed by a team who was hungrier. Keep in mind the Flames made it to the playoffs and 14 other teams didn't.

-- KEVIN SEREDA

Jarome Iginla cannot be the only dependable goal scorer on the team. I thought Daymond Langkow and Tony Amonte were the guys but they don't have the hands.

-- ARNOLD G. MASSON


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