In your opinion, which will be the next Alberta team to make the NHL playoffs?
Despite recent struggles, I think it will be the Oilers, as the major pieces are in place (on the top two lines). We need to add some complementary pieces (bottom six forwards, toughness and a couple of defensemen) and I think McT will make some strides this off season.
I think the way the Flames are performing right now is a mirage, being done by a group of jacked-up kids who are excited to be in the Show. Our forwards and starting goaltender (assuming Kipper retires) are better. Both defences need a lot of work and McT knows and will address that.
If I had to bet, I’d say there is a 70-per-cent chance that the next Alberta playoff team will be the Oilers. At the start of this season, I would have said that the Oilers will be there in 2013-14, but it’s not looking too favourable now so I’d setting that back a year (crap). The Flames are a few years away.
Hmm do people actually see this year as a setback for the Oilers? I mean, what did they go and do last summer to improve this team? Nothing, they added two rookies.
Playoffs were a very high expectation. I don't agree with how they are playing right now, almost like they have all just mailed it in...but I don't necessarily see this year as a set back. I see this year as a opportunity to see what the team needs to be competitive.
After last year it was almost like the team figured "hey lets just do nothing and see where we are a year from now"...well now you know and now you know what needs to be added/fixed.
This summer is going to have to be HUGE for the Oilers organization.
I think the Flames will be the same old team next year, sign a bunch of UFA's this summer and be in a repetitive vortex for the 8th seed. If Mac T fixes what Tambo couldn't this summer I can see us as high as fifth next year.
Keep in mind most of the ahl call ups playing for the flames right now likely will be replaced by the tanguays and whoever else is injured over there. With kipper potentially retiring the flames have no starting goalie unless ramo is ready to make the jump
Reading CP this morning and it looks like the Flames are doing everything in their power to lose tonight's game. Sitting out healthy Backlund and dressing as many AHL players as possible. I sure hope they win tonight.