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Fun Time Friday: It’s Been A Long Week

It’s back!  I’ll start off with a few random thoughts before getting to the “Since last Friday”s.

  • First, it’s clear, that since Shifty Sutter is intent on making a playoff run, we need a backup.  Everyone hears about Martin Biron mentioned in this talk, but what about Manny Fernandez?  He’s always been an excellent back-up, sports a career .912 SV%, and is currently unsigned.  He might not be at the top of his game, but he would certainly do better than McElhinney.
  • As much as I hate the Jokinen trade, I’ve got to admit I’m a bit of a Higgins fan.  Part of this is my YAY AMERICA feelings (I am active duty USCG) and part is the fact that he’s still a viable NHL forward.  He plays decent competition, doesn’t get scored on a ton (translation for those readers up north: tonne), and he’s still young and not costing us $3M a year.
  • I’ll miss Jokinen.  He was bad, but not Kotalik bad.  Also, he was great to blame for all the Flames problems.  While frustrating and overpaid, he also looked funny, which made for great jokes and my highest read post of all time.

Since Last Friday (Flames centric)…

…Darryl Sutter traded about half of the Flames away.  There are literally six new players on the Flames.

…Ian White shaved his mustache

…the Flames scored at least 4 goals in 2 separate games (against some of the worst teams in the league) and were shut out in the other

…the Flames actually won one of those too

…the Flames did not trade for Kovalchuk

…Twitter came pretty close to exploding from Flames trade rumors

…Shifty Sutter was incredibly vague and cryptic in a press conf- wait, that’s not anything new

Since Last Friday (league-wide edition)…

…Ovechkin took over the scoring race (as if that was actually unexpected)

…the Senators and Capitals continued winning in completely opposite ways

…Ken Hitchcock finally got fired

..the Oilers snapped their losing streak (boo)

…the Oilers went winless for an entire month (yay!)

…the Tampa Bay Lightning were bought by some guy who also owns the Red Sox

Since Last Friday (blog edition)…

…Kent at M&G takes a look at Sutter’s bizarre midseason rebuild

…timmyf of Bird Watchers Anonymous wrote a tremendously funny column about Kovalchuk rumors

…a beautiful poetic ode to Jokinen was written by Hayley of Join The Rush (she also wrote a fantastic one about Phaneuf, but…Jokinen.)

…the search term that led more people to my blog than any other was “Alex Frolov std”.  That made my week.

…the single greatest image ever placed upon the internet has been circling the Tweets, if someone can tell me who created it, I’d be glad to give credit for this


Your Flames weekend drinking game

Drink when…

…Kotalik makes you miss Jokinen

…you get confused when #3 on the Flames doesn’t shy away from, you know, playing.

…you have no idea who’s on the ice

Hell, if that doesn’t get you drunk, I don’t know what will.

Farewell for the weekend (my Sutter thoughts, and hopefully the joint piece with Join The Rush coming next week).

  1. February 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, if I had followed your drinking game for Saturday’s game, I might have passed out on the sofa at the second intermission. I don’t know if you saw the game, but between Kotalik getting kicked out for stupidity, and the CBC HNIC “C”-team doing the announcing, it would have been a bad drunk.

    • Arik
      February 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

      Sadly, a lack of Center Ice prevents me from seeing weekend games. I can catch the weekday games because bars are usually emptyish, but not on Saturday/Sunday. It was probably a good thing this weekend.

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