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02-08-2013, 09:00 AM
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What's this strange feeling I have? Is it... hope?!? The Optimism Thread 2013

Okay, its a little silly that I'm starting this literally after we string together our first two wins - one of which over CBJ - but still. With the changes made in the off-season I think the Flames are finally putting in the hard work and making things click.

I was at the Detroit - Calgary game and we dominated the full 60 minutes. It was so refreshing to see the D restricting shots from the point, Kipper/Irving stonewalling lots of good chances in close and our guys crashing the net. When this team is switched on and working hard, we're capable of good things.

Things I'm happy about:
  • HARTLEY. Oh God Hartley. They are buying what he's selling, and its great. Its astonishing to see the difference with him at the helm instead of Butter.
  • Hudler/Cervenka. LOVE these signings, especially Hudler, and Cerv is cheap icing on the cake.
  • Wideman is getting it done so far. Also met the guy this summer, he's a good dude. Glad to see him contribute so much.
  • Glencross, Tangs, Stempniak, Backlund. These guys have stood out to me, whether its getting a clutch goal at a good time, getting a ton of chances, or showing a lot of progress from years past.
  • Irving. He did very well in his debut last year and has performed up to the expectations put on him so far. I'm hoping he kicks it up just as Kipper did.

On top of this I haven't been particularly excited by Iggy or Cammy - and given their capabilities I fully expect them to kick it up and make our season even better.

As easy as it is to be cynical about this team, I think the combination of off-season moves and Hartley's leadership means good things. Watch this thread flame out as soon as we hit a rough patch...
What are you guys happy about???

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