I feel the same way. Very disappointed in the way the Flames have performed in the eleven games played. The only positives is that Iginla is off to a good start, which is very unusual and the whole team is healthy.
Sutter calling out the five he did could be a great thing. Maybe those five will step their game up. On the other hand it could be a horrible thing just putting more and more pressure on these guys causing them to grip their sticks just a little bit more than they already are.
They need to get back to the basics. Start playing a tight checking, defensive style of hockey again. If playing that style of hockey will put up the W's, then so be it even if it is not as exciting as a run and gun style. I'll tell you what isn't exciting, watching your team struggle.
The first to go, has been a number of fans jumping ship.
To no one's surprise
I think maybe the lack of interest the flames have shown on the ice is contributing to the lack of discussion here. I know I only started posting recently but I have been reading hf for a long time now and quite frankly, I'm going with the if I have nothing good to say don't say anything at all mentality. I think many fans are questioning the whole in Sutter we trust thing, and not without reason as it kind of looks like the players havn't taken an outwork your opponants stance this year either. To be honest, I'm waiting 10 more games before I even presume to know what this team has to do to snap out of it. One thing, last night on overtime with Rob Kerr a caller said that defence first hockey can't win in the new NHL and Kerr responded by saying yes it can, they just havn't played that hockey yet. And I agree with that statement 100%. As soon as we see the flames play their game, I will judge wether or not this squad can win this year playing that hockey. And I don't want to see Playfair fired so that means we wait to see the flames play their game.
If Philly and Calgary are talking I suspect they won't have too much trouble working something out. They both have a few problems that the other could help fix. PLUS they wouldn't be trading within the conference which wouldn't hurt especially if the deal were any bigger than Hamrlik-Umberger.
Whoever it is, it probably won't be significant. The Flames are actually doing slightly better through 11 games this season than last, so no need to panic yet. Not that a 1st, or even 2nd-line center wouldn't be nice.