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A good road win

Posted 06 Feb 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Giordano, Kotalik, Road, Win

Note: This was supposed to be published last night, but my computer and internet voted 2-1 against me on that plan.

Three of the newest Flames had points tonight as Calgary rolled through Florida and won the first game of their 3-game road trip. Ales Kotalik scored his first Flames goal on the powerplay with an assist going to Niklas Hagman. After the Panthers tied the game with a bouncing goal, Ian White set up Mark Giordano for the game-winning goal on the powerplay. The Flames played a tight game and held the Panthers to only 13 shots on net as they won their 2nd consecutive game with relative ease. The 13 shots against is a season-low for Calgary.

The new Flames (soon we’ll be able to call them just the “Flames”) seem to be gelling after a couple days together. They are finding line combinations that work and certain players are finding chemistry together. Matt Stajan has a lot of creativity and has been playing very well with Jarome Iginla and Niklas Hagman. Even Kotalik seems to be playing with some enthusiasm since coming to the Flames.

All the pessimists have cooled down over the past 2 games, and the general feeling of optimism is coming back to Flames fans. I suppose it’s natural now that the team has won a couple consecutive games afer losing so many in a row.

I wouldn’t say that Flames head coach, Brent Sutter, was happy with the game, but he did admit that it was “a good road win” since his team only allowed 13 shots on Miikka Kiprusoff. Let’s see if the Flames can get another good road win in Tampa tomorrow night to keep this streak going.

Flames acquire Kotalik and Higgins

Posted 02 Feb 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Higgins, Jokinen, Kotalik, New York Rangers, Prust, trade

I have to hand it to Darryl Sutter. He has single-handedly created the strangest 2 days in recent Flames history. After trading Dion Phaneuf to Toronto on Sunday morning, he then went to work on Olli Jokinen.

The trade rumour that leaked last night was confirmed after tonight’s game as Flames GM Darryl Sutter announced that they had acquired wingers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins from the NY Rangers in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

Jokinen, who thought he would finish his career in Calgary, said, “You play for that sweater, that logo. Until they tell you you’re not part of the team, and they just told me I’m not part of the team.”

“It comes with the salary, you make $5 million, 11 goals isnot going to cut it,” said a visibly shaken Jokinen. “It’s definitely a slap in the face to get traded.”

Prust, who has already been traded from the Flames once before said, “Calgary’s become my home and I’ll always respect the city and the organization”

I have to be honest, my head is spinning and I really don’t know what to make of this situation. The Flames now have too many wingers, so the logical next step is for Sutter to make another trade to even things out. What that will be could be anyone’s guess. I still think Sutter is doing all this to position for a major acquisition, but I’m not sure who he’s going for yet. We might as well start some Iggy-for-Malkin rumours while we’re at it.