I think most Flames fans are familiar with Mr. Saprykin. A friend of mine still holds a grudge to this day towards the former first round draft pick (following the longstanding tradition of quality team building employed on draft day by your Calgary Flames) because, in his opinion, Saprykin saw THE GOAL go in in 2004 and inexplicably never put his arms up in celebration. The thought being that if he had celebrated the goal, they’d have checked the replay at the next stoppage and with any luck, the Flames are celebrating their Stanley Cup win on home ice as Calgary explodes with well wishing and nipple flashing. There’s some merit to that thought, really, but it’s not as if today, 8 years later (FUCKING 8 YEARS LATER?!?!?!) people are still talking about that goal, so why bring it up, really?
Not a lot of news today. I’m linking you to this article by George Johnson, Calgary Herald scribe and local asshat, regarding the possibility of Jay Bouwmeester being on the move at draft day. Not because it hints at some ideas that some other blogger already touched on, because Johnson fails to make the obvious notion that if a team were interested, that team would probably be Detroit. Columbus and Toronto? Get fucking serious. No, I link you to the article purely for the comments section, where user class1div1 perfectly orates a notion that I myself am a personal subscriber to. I’ll let you click the link to read it, because whatever.
Speaking of Calgary Herald sports writers, let’s talk about one who doesn’t patronize it’s readers. Kristen Odland found this wonderful little discovery while hanging around the Bridgeland area yesterday, and was kind enough to share it with me.
Nice to see little corners of the city trying to keep the legend of such a beautiful man alive 23 years after he left us. If only this building also had a Young Guns banner adorned on it somewhere, I would be 100% certain that it all would have been done for me.
So I realize this camp is probably pretty small, but I know it exists, and I’d like to address them right now. The small faction of fans that would like to see the Calgary Flames draft a defenseman in the first round. I think it’s mostly because the potential d-men in range at pick #14 have cool names (Olli Maatta is pretty rad, admit it. Cody Ceci, what couldn’t you do with that in terms of nicknames?) I mean, yeah, I guess they’re pretty good, but let’s go with more than just names as far as picking players (that means you too, Pontus Aberg). Anyway, some food for thought from Cam Charron, who wrote a fucking perfect piece as to why you shouldn’t draft a defenseman in the first round (except in very exceptional circumstances, none of which come to mind right now)
In related news, Craig Button and the TSN team did a mock draft of the first 14 picks, with, of course, your Calgary Flames coming in at the 14th pick, and virtual Jay Feaster ended up virtually selecting virtual Radek Faksa. And that made me smile.
The Draft is in 6 days, friends. I’m pretty excited. Because with the Stanley Cup having been presented, I really fucking miss hockey right now.
OK, everyone go out there and enjoy your Saturday!
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