Well, isn’t that something (two parts)

Not much to say about last night’s game, since I didn’t see it. The 4-2 loss to Minnesota sounded bad on the radio, though, and my run through the papers today didn’t make it seem any better. Consensus off game from Kiprusoff, and more “don’t worry, we’ll snap out of it” quotes from the best players afterward. Although I did like seeing this from Scott Cruickshank’s Herald piece today, as it was the most accurate assessment from coach/media of the current situation that I’ve read:

No one had to squint to read between these lines.

Calgary Flames skipper Jim Playfair had been asked about the visitor — a team which, after stumbling through its first 20 road games (4-15-1), arrived at the Pengrowth Saddledome with a sizzlingly hot hand on the highway, 14-3-2.

How the heck did the Minnesota Wild do that?

“I think their leaders have taken it upon themselves to listen to their coach,” Playfair had pronounced before Saturday night’s match. “And they execute the consistent style of play that he expects from them. I think it’s the truth. Just that.”

That stern message needs little deciphering.

Yeah, no kidding. But are guys going to listen to Jim Playfair the way they listen to legendary Montreal Canadien Jacque Lemaire? I’m not so sure. You don’t have to be a big-time player to be a quality coach (ask Ken Hitchcock), but it sure helps.

In other news, this is from Pierre McGuire’s “In the Crease,” in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated:

Don’t be shocked to see Ryan Smyth … come back to the Northwest Division and haunt Edmonton as a Flame next year. Smyth, who becomes a free agent on July 1, is coveted by Calgary G.M. Darryl Sutter, who has a good relationship with Don Meehan, Smyth’s agent. Meehan represents high-profile Flames Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Kristian Huselius. Calgary would likely move Alex Tanguay to clear cap space for Smyth.

This feels like an awful lot of speculation, so to talk about this is probably folly. But hey, it’s SI, and whatever you think about McGuire, he’s well connected.

Anyway, as much I like Smyth, and would love to see Sutter put the screws to the Oilers by signing him, I’m not sure that moving Tanguay to make this or anything else happen would be a smart call. Where do those 60 assists come from? Is Andrei Taratukhin better than we thought?


~ by duncan on March 18, 2007.

2 Responses to “Well, isn’t that something (two parts)”

  1. I was going to post something on that Playfair quote as well – largely because it was in direct opposition to his claim that the players were listening to him and executing his gameplan.

    I would bet my house that the Flames won’t be going after Smyth at the cost of Tanguay in the summer, as well. Tanguay is younger, a proven winner and has yet to hit his peak. And we have him signed for 2 more seasons.

  2. regarding Smytty coming to Calgary…well…you know what I think of Ryan.

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