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Why Goaltending Matters

Posted By Shane Hoopfer On Mar 2 2011 @ 2:52 pm In Calgary Flames | 1 Comment

It’s been a wild week for the Calgary Flames, after dropping a tough decision to the Boston Bruins losing 2-1 in a game where Tim Thomas was spectacular, and he also got a little help from his posts in the game. Then they followed that game up with a 4-3 loss in shootout to the red hot San Jose Sharks where Miikka Kiprusoff stood on his head to keep the Flames in it and salvage a point.

Then back to back games against the St. Louis Blues in which Miikka once again was unbelievable in both games posting back to back shutouts against the Blues in 1-0 and 6-0 victories. Ben Bishop played both games in net for St. Louis and was very good in the first game and was good for the first two periods of the second game where the wheels finally fell off of a Blues team that had to be disappointed that management had decided that they were sellers at the trade deadline.

Speaking of the trade deadline Flames acting GM Jay Feaster did exactly what he said he was going to do and what he needed to do with this team. He picked up defenceman and former Calgary Hitmen stalwart Brett Carson up on waivers to add some depth to the blue line. He then traded the Flames seventh round pick to the Atlanta Thrashers for 36 year old veteran forward Freddy Modin.

Modin is a player that Jay Feaster is very familiar with from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup Championship in 2004. He should add some depth to the Flames forwards at a minimal price tag. Modin was also excited to come to Calgary saying “I’m very happy with a chance to play in Canada again. Especially in Calgary where their fans are insane! Fortunately I am on the right side this time.”

I’ll give Jay Feaster a big thumbs up for his conservative approach. He had very little in the way of tradable assets other than a first round pick and Mikael Backlund and he resisted the urge to move either of those chips in order to bring in a high price rental. His lack of moves also sends a strong message to the locker room that he believes in this team, and that they deserve the opportunity to run with what they have accomplished since Christmas.

As of today the Calgary Flames sit fifth in the Western Conference only a single point behind the Phoenix Coyotes for fourth. Phoenix is the team I believe the Flames need to focus on to make sure they pass if they want to ensure a spot in the post season dance. The only thing that is for sure right now is the Calgary Flames is definitely one of the teams you probably don’t want to face in the first round of the playoffs, as they have been as hot as any team.

I’d like to thank everyone for the twitter messages and emails regarding my wife’s surgery. She is recovering well and should be good as new in 4-6 weeks from a lower body injury! This is a hockey blog after all.

Have a good one!

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