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05-04-2010, 02:55 PM
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Number 1 center issue resolved for Flames?

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In a search for a number one center, the Calgary Flames might be staring the solution in the face everyday.

Backlund? No, maybe one day though.
Langkow? Too inconsistent and small.
Stajan...hahaha no.

How about Jarome Iginla? Instead of finding someone to play with the most prolific scorer on the team why not find a winger for him! Think it's crazy? Hear me out.

http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?us...6&post_id=9557
Just a fun little read.
To me Iggy is not good enough in the defensive end to be play centre.
The thought had never crossed my mind before. ( because it doesnt make any sense )
What do you guys think?

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05-04-2010, 03:06 PM
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Michael Cammalleri ?

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There is more to playing centre than being able to win faceoffs.

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05-04-2010, 07:02 PM
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Just a fun little read.
To me Iggy is not good enough in the defensive end to be play centre.
The thought had never crossed my mind before. ( because it doesnt make any sense )
What do you guys think?

great idea...so he can set up those great wingers we have....

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05-04-2010, 07:02 PM
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I've heard this before.

to me it makes no sense. Jarome doens't ahve the defensive game nor really the skill set to play center. he's at his best finding open space and playing off the wall which is something centers generally don't do.

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I've heard this before.

to me it makes no sense. Jarome doens't ahve the defensive game nor really the skill set to play center. he's at his best finding open space and playing off the wall which is something centers generally don't do.
Hes not even that good off the wall. His original game was to crash through players and score one timers. He can't play that so he plays a nice soft perimeter game now. With the way he plays I wouldn't mind playing him at center actually.

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since when is hockeybuzz a news source?

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05-04-2010, 11:44 PM
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since when is hockeybuzz a news source?
What other heading would i use?

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05-05-2010, 08:37 AM
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What other heading would i use?
speculation and Line Combos would both be much more acurate since Hockeybuzz and any other blogger is not a news source

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We should bhave a new thread heading called Eklund Warning

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We should bhave a new thread heading called Eklund Warning
I agree to this as well

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I actually mentioned this a couple of years back in a thread on here. Iggy is great at faceoffs and his game is changing. He becoming more of a perimeter player as he gets older. He is a very underated passer and sees the ice very well. He would need to improve on his defensive play which he could if he wasn't so focused on scoring. The only way this move would make sense however is if we could find a winger scorer such as a Kovalchuk or Cammy. There is alot more elite wingers in the NHL than are centres, so IMO depending on how FA goes it would be something to consider.

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05-05-2010, 05:42 PM
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Right now we have Langkow, Stajan and Backlund, that might be used as a center to play with Iginla.

Langkow has proven before he can be a top 6 center, although he's getting older and has some rough seasons as of late.

Stajan still needs to prove he cant be a top 6 center for us, he's getting paid 3.5 million, so he doesnt need to be our first line center, but 3.5 is a lot to be paying if he's only getting third line time.

Backlund has potential for the top 6, but depending on him for our first line center is probably too much to expect right now.

IMO, the Flames should trade Langkow.
Stajan/Backlund can be our 2nd/3rd line centers. Depending on which players is playing better, etc.

Spend the cap space saved on Langkow's contract and perhaps from a d-man or two that are moved out on another center

Centers

1st line - ______ (5.0-6.0)
2nd line - Stajan (3.5)/Backlund (1.3)
3rd line - Stajan (3.5)/Backlund (1.3)
4th line - Sutter (0.600)

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05-05-2010, 08:00 PM
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Right now we have Langkow, Stajan and Backlund, that might be used as a center to play with Iginla.

Langkow has proven before he can be a top 6 center, although he's getting older and has some rough seasons as of late.

Stajan still needs to prove he cant be a top 6 center for us, he's getting paid 3.5 million, so he doesnt need to be our first line center, but 3.5 is a lot to be paying if he's only getting third line time.

Backlund has potential for the top 6, but depending on him for our first line center is probably too much to expect right now.

IMO, the Flames should trade Langkow.
Stajan/Backlund can be our 2nd/3rd line centers. Depending on which players is playing better, etc.

Spend the cap space saved on Langkow's contract and perhaps from a d-man or two that are moved out on another center

Centers

1st line - ______ (5.0-6.0)
2nd line - Stajan (3.5)/Backlund (1.3)
3rd line - Stajan (3.5)/Backlund (1.3)
4th line - Sutter (0.600)
In fairness to Langkow he has has one not more than one rough seasons lately, this past one.

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05-05-2010, 08:27 PM
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In fairness to Langkow he has has one not more than one rough seasons lately, this past one.
The year before he had 21 goals and 28 assists in 73 games.
He missed games due to injury and played parts of the season injured. His play was solid considering. However it was his worst year points wise since the 1998/1999 season.

He still has the ability to be a solid center. However if Sutter chooses to try and aquire another highly paid center, Langkow will likely be on the way out.

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05-06-2010, 11:33 PM
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The thought had never crossed my mind before. ( because it doesnt make any sense )
The thought crosses my mind many times. But the answer is always no.

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05-06-2010, 11:36 PM
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Stajan still needs to prove he cant be a top 6 center for us, he's getting paid 3.5 million, so he doesnt need to be our first line center, but 3.5 is a lot to be paying if he's only getting third line time.
Stajan has proved he can be a top 6 forward for us. Over 1/2PPG, solid defense and around 20mins a night. That is an NHL #2 centreman for you.

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If Pens got beaten by montreal, sutter could try something like Regehr for Staal.

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