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01-12-2013, 02:05 AM
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I definitely think the Flames have a good chance to flourish under Hartley.

I still think we have two big issues.

- The need for another Top 4 D
- and our confusing uncertain group of Centermen.

I don't like Butler anywhere near the Top 4. Maybe the answer can be internally filled through Brodie.

I think the Top 4 Flames defence both by 5 on 5 and on specialty teams interms of ice time needs to be:

1. Bouwmeester
2A. Wideman
2B. Giordano
4. Brodie

5. Butler
6. Sarich
7. Smith(who I really like and I think he can log 18-21 very safe minutes when need be)

As for our Centers.

On our first line you could make arguments that any of Tanguay, Cammy and Iggy are the Center. Any, all of, none of them. I don't know. And who takes the most faceoffs of those 3? Iginla(maybe, probably). Who plays 200 feet and comes back and back checks of those 3?

Can Cervenka wins face offs and be a Top 2 line Centre at the NHL level?

I think Stajan and Jones are the closest thing we have to having normal centers and that's scary.

What we really need is for Backlund to arrive now. No more shifting over to wing. He's gotta be a Top 2 line Centre today.

If our Centers and our Top 4 D is good enough, then I think we make the playoffs and then who knows, anything can happen. If we are losing I'd point to these areas as why.

Just my 2.5 cents

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