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Holy Olli! The Flames Are A Contender

14 March 2009 by: Justin Gareau One Comment

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The Flames are a good team. They have been a good team for a while too. They work hard and they always seem to be in the mix come season’s end, and we all think we might see the same sleeper team we saw go to the cup finals in 2003-2004.

The problem they have had in the last two years, the one that keeps coming back to haunt them is that they just can’t find a way to beat the elite teams. Sometimes we accuse them of not having timely offense, sometimes there are “holes in their defense”, sometimes Kipper didn’t play “Kipper-like”. Always the same excuses, there is just something missing… Well there might have been excuses but now there are no more reasons. With the biggest move at deadline day, the Calgary Flames obtained one of the star forwards of the league in Olli Jokinen. Since his arrival he has 7 goals and 1 assist (8 pts) in 6 games. Talk about helping your captain (Iginla), finally the Flames have a worthy name beside one of the leagues best players. I think that if the Flames can beat the defending cup champion Red Wings, as they did on thursday, they can surely get a good run going as they head into the playoffs.

There is kind of a downside to their acquisition though. The rumor is that Olli is a bad player to have in the dressing room. Although I wouldn’t think Calgary would invest as much as they did in a player if they didn’t feel he would fit in in any way. Why would Calgary jeopardize the teams success so far this season for a dressing room “cancer” as he has been called. One thing is certain, on the ice, his impact is already being felt, so long as the rest of the Flames team follows suit, they can go far.

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