Hope everyone who follows me on twitter @shanehoopfer enjoyed the ongoing live updates from the Calgary Flames season ticket holder fan forum on Thursday. I am proud to say I fired off enough tweets that I hit the daily limit! If anyone knows what that is please let me know! Along with the Fan Forum the Calgary Flames pulled off back to back wins against the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks by 7-4 and 4-3 scores respectively to suddenly make themselves a factor in the playoff race in the West. But first the Fan Forum!
This is one of the things that I do believe the Calgary Flames do well as an organization. The basic concept is you get 500 season ticket holders and fill up Flames Central. Add Rob Kerr and Peter Maher as your hosts, finally bring in team president Ken King and Acting GM Jay Feaster and let the fans ask questions! This year unlike most of these that have been held in the past was far more serious than usual. Not surprising considering the situation the Flames see themselves in. In fairness to Jay Feaster he did warn everyone right from the start that he could not talk about specifics regarding any trades he may be working on, as this was being streamed over the internet and could be viewed by the other 29 teams. But here is a good recap of what Mr. Feaster did say.
The main points Feaster hit on started with talking about the atmosphere in the locker room and said he will be encouraging more fun and is considering a separate area away from the locker room for post game interviews so the locker room can have the music going after a win if the guys want to have a little fun. All I can say about that is it’s about damn time! The media do not belong in a locker room. When talking about the teams core Feaster brought up the usual suspects in Kiprusoff, J-Bo, Regher, Giordano, and Iginla. I was a little surprised there was no mention of Bourque or Backlund. Also don’t read too much into who Feaster did and didn’t discuss, since of course he wouldn’t admit to shopping anyone even if he was.
When talking about the team in Abbotsford, Feaster was pretty blunt about the fact that a few guys have earned the chance to get a look for a couple of games, but no one has earned a full time promotion. The five guys he did mention that are closest are Leland Irving, TJ Brodie, Tim Erixon, Lance Bouma, and Greg Nemisz. When addressing the goaltending situation Feaster said that they need to see Karlsson play more so they can determine if he is a long term possibility on the Flames. I will say this about Jay Feaster, he was as candid as he could be and quite a pleasure to listen to. Which of course leads us to what Ken King had to say.
As entertaining as Jay Feaster was Ken King was just the opposite. Ken King spent the evening not taking responsibility for anything that has happened since the cup run of course. Regarding Jokinen, Cammalleri, and Bouwmeester King threw Darryl Sutter under the bus, basically telling people that Darryl Sutter did everything on his own. Ya right Ken. I’m sure you had no idea. Then King’s comments to the fans we’re insulting and uncalled for in my view. When a fan asked about the cost of parking King said “It’s not the Calgary Flames problem” WOW. I realize that the Flames don’t control that but how about a little tact? And comments along the lines of telling fans to “Wear your jerseys” if you want things to improve. what!?!? followed soon after by the “I’m not being flippant” comment. Yes you were. He even had the nerve to blame the sponsors of The Heritage Classic for the fans having worse seats than expected!
Needless to say Ken King has to go and a new direction must be taken in the presidency of the Calgary Flames. But there were other updates. Regarding a new stadium it will be a downtown facility and it will spell the end of the Saddledome when it is finally built in three to five years. The question was brought up about Daymond Langkow’s health and the news really hasn’t changed for Daymond. It will be March before he is allowed to try and physical activity, let alone trying to play hockey. And finally the fans got the typical no response when it comes to honoring players like Fleury, Nieuwendyk, and MacInnis from Ken King. Great idea for the fans having this forum, just keep Ken King away from it in the future!
After the 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday the Flames offense bounced back in a big way scoring seven times! Henrik Karlsson also played well despite the four goals against and made a few huge stops in the second period while the score was 2-2. Say what you will about his style or numbers but he is winning games, and the Flames seem to play with more energy in front of him.
Follow that up with the second half of a back to back in Vancouver against the Canucks which usually is not a good thing for the Flames and the game didn’t start well with Kiprusoff giving up a bit of a soft goal early, but unlike recent games Miikka and the Flames did fight back and could have won the game in regulation but settled going to overtime tied at three. Which led to one of the more interesting calls I’ve seen in video review during the shootout. tied at one in the shootout Alex Tanguay appeared to score to give the Flames the win but you couldn’t see the puck as it was in Luongo’s pad which was completely over the goal line. Thanks to some alertness by the linesman pulling the puck out of Luongo’s pad to show where the puck was video review determined that Bobby Lou’s pad was completely across the line constituting a good goal giving the Flames back to back wins against two of the top teams in the NHL and moving
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!