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06-27-2012, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Gary83 View Post
Nah. Good try though.

The Flames have quality players coming up through their system. They have a great, young, impact player in Bartschi (something the Leafs didn't have) They have great goaltending depth, two of them which could be NHL starters two years from now (something the Leafs also didn't have.)

The Flames biggest organizational problem right now is a lack of D prospects, somewhat addressed in this past draft, not having that gamebreaking forward that Iggy was when he was younger/in his prime. It's unknown right now if Bartschi will be that forward, I'd say in a worst case scenario right now he will be a capable 2nd line forward.

The Flames also haven't been throwing their 1st round picks away (don't get me starter on the 2nds though!)

That said, Iginla and Kipper have value around the league and could be moved, but they should only be moved for a surefire prospect, not one that could pan out. Otherwise, at this point in their careers the Flames are likely better off just keeping them.
Okay, I'll take your word for it. I don't know the flames deeply enough to debate nor do I have an urge to get Flames fans riled up.

I will say this though. We had many of those same thoughts about who we did have at the time. It was kool-aid of course. I can't say one way or the other how your prospects will turn out, I do hope for the best though.

Replacing a guy like Iginla is very hard at this stage in his career. You can get decent value but those guys are near irreplaceable for a team like yours I think. Heck, Sundin has not even been close to being replaced for us. I use those two as an example because I believe their role and impact to their franchises is identical.

Beware the NTC, that was the nail in our coffin...

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