Tampa Bay Is Screwed – Hooray!

This is an example of something that is wrong with the market, something that prevents competition, and, in this case, helps soothe the nerves of one bitter Calgarian Flames fan.

It has been said before, but the chances of a repeat for the bolts are slim. Here is why (glee!): They owe too many good players raises. They got sort of lucky, but now with the likes of Ruslan Fedotenko, Martin St. Louis, Cory Stillman, Kubina and Freddy Modin due for a pay raise, how the heck are they gonna manage this one?

As a flames fan, I too know the troubles of small-marketness. However, I am proud to announce that my team PLANNED for this sort of thing. Look at this, our list of players due for a raise: Kiprusoff, up from 860k and maybe iggie, but they both deserve it for carrying this team. Otherwise, our resident genious, Mr. Sutter, has to fork out marginal sums for the flesh and blood of this team – the grinders.

I never approved of Southern expansion, and while it may be important to send out our men to collect some dough from the locals, it really has hurt the game. Overexpansion is my favourite problem to hate.

So, T-Bayers, congratulations on your win. I hope/bet you contract from the league before this happens again.

Also, I think that one of the key issues that should be addressed with the new CBA is salary sharing. The only league that really enforces that kind of stuff is the NFL, and gee whiz, wouldja lookit that, parity. Bettman, figure it out or just get out.

I’m still a little bitter for some of the things that happened in that series, the unnoticed goal, some crappy calling straight through the playoffs and the nagging injuries. This is just my little bit of consolation. That said, GO FLAMES GO!


32 Responses to Tampa Bay Is Screwed – Hooray!

  1. Aetherial says:

    I would not be gloating quite so much if I was you.

    To a certain extent, you DO get what you pay for. If Tampa Bay signs those players they will remain a powerful team for a couple years.

    Calgary, on the other hand, is more likely to become next year’s Anaheim thananything else.

    Sorry but that’s reality.

  2. rojoke says:

    That’s where the fans come in. All those casual fans who fell in love with the team during the run, they have to treat this as more than a one night stand!!! No wham, bam, thank you ma’am. They have to call for that second date. Buy tickets for next season. Season tickets, game packages, single games, whatever. Buy merchandise, keep following the team. Whatever. And the team has to start out well in order to get that second date as well. They ain’t screwed yet.

    God, that was a weird analogy, wasn’t it.

  3. simplyhabby says:

    As much as I am a Calagry fan and love what they represent in the small market grinders, they will have a tough time making the playoffs next year.

    I sincerely hope they make it and heck, I would love them to make another spectacular cup run but too many things need to happne again for the Flames to repeat. They were hot at the right time, Iggy was a monster, Kipper played realy well and Conroy had his best playoffs ever.

    TB on the other hand will be forking out a lot of money to keep this team together but they do have a lot of depth and star power. Time will tell if they can afford to keep this team together. I don’t think they will repeat though simply because how tight the east is. For instance, the Habs (I may be mistaken) lost one game in 15 and they moved up one spot in the standings. The top 7 teams last year were very balanced in the East and any one of them except for the B’s can make it to the final.

    BTW, you are really damn bitter.

  4. habsoverserver says:

    Enjoy your bitterness and hollow consolation while the Bolts party with the mug.

  5. bleedingblu says:

    Freddy Modin was signed so that’s one guy down. Tampa is a great team but lets face it, next year they will be the team to beat in the East…. no more surprises. Same goes for Calgary in the West. And in case you haven’t noticed, a lot of teams are starting to stack up on talent… especially teams like Phoenix, Florida, and Pittsburg – It should be an interesting season… if there is one!

  6. bleedingblu says:

    Freddy Modin was signed so that’s one guy down. Tampa is a great team but lets face it, next year they will be the team to beat in the East…. no more surprises. Same goes for Calgary in the West. And in case you haven’t noticed, a lot of teams are starting to stack up on talent… especially teams like Phoenix, Florida, and Pittsburg – It should be an interesting season… if there is one!

  7. wayne2 says:

    Tampa Bay is the most exciting team to watch and

    they play clean enough hockey(for todays hockey

    anyways).

  8. EmptyNetter says:

    “and any one of them except for the B’s can make it to the final.”

    That’s cold, man.

  9. d_only_Flames_Fan says:

    thats exactly it – small teams are stocking up. its weird, i think its the fear of no season that is preventing big teams from making the deals, while the little guys are really gambling on it.

  10. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Jesus – did you watch the Flyers-tampa series?

    Martin St. Louis took a two handed swipe at Zhamnov’s hand BECUASE his glove fell off. It was nearly as bad as Havalts *****-ASS hit on Recchi.

    Tampa is a LUCKY frnachise. Break Kubina’s hand and take sarach and boyle off that team and tell me they beat Philly with a healthy Johnsen, Ragnarson and Des Jardin. It NEVER HAPPENS and the Flyers win the cup.

    Clagary fans have little to be bitter about. You have the best single player in hockey with Iginla and have done WONDERS with a small budget. Dion Peneuf might be a star. Lombardi is very promising as is Jordan Leopold. Kiprosov is a STUD. Long term Calgary is better than tampa.

    Lastly, the Philly and calgary have REAL FANS. Tampa has NO hockey history. With a lockout, you watch NOBODY is going to go to the games. A franchise like that will be hurt most by a lockout. SO MANY bandwagon fans will opt to buy a new boat (or pay for the fuel to take it out) instead of hockey tickets. It is just a better entertainment option. Tampa will be selling off their best assets as soon as they realize they can’t make another run like the one they did.

    Congrats for winning the cup. Cir*****stances were on your side. But HEED my warning – it will NEVER be that easy again for your franchise.

    Thus ends the bitterness. (for now)

  11. Keith_Tkachuk07 says:

    Tampa bay will remain strong.. not only did Modin get re-signed so did Kubina.. and Cory Sarich.. No one else on TB is filing for arbitration.. so LONG LIVE THE BOLTS!! ( I think Stillman will be gone soon, even though he did have a great season.. )

  12. flyersfan10897 says:

    but true.

  13. flyersfan10897 says:

    im not going to agree completely and say they won easily, but i can agree a little.

    if the injury situation was the other way around in that series, i would definitely expect the flyers to win.

    for the fans, it is kind of true. according to ESPN, the % of seats filled gets progressively worse over the last four seasons, and even this season they only averaged 90% capacity. i guess all the old people arent really into hockey.

  14. flyersfan10897 says:

    doesnt really have to do with tampa, but also according to ESPN, the flyers have been in the top 4 in drawing crowds on the road, including 1st this past year at over 88%, and 1st in 00-01 with with over 88%.

  15. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Stillman is a point per game player. Losing him is a HUGE blow to Tampa. Even more than Philly losing an aging but effective Recchi.

  16. ravage35 says:

    Shut the hell up, the FLames wont even make the playoffs next year

    kipper is going to get like 6 million which the shames cant afford

  17. FlamesRock says:

    To all you people who think tampa was more deserved than Calgary listen to this, 20 000 people showed up for the parade in tampa, twice that amount showed up in Calgary for the Flames rally.

    Why do people think Calgary will be a brutal failure?

    I give you skeptics two words Darryl Sutter, he will not accept anything short of the playoffs. Believe me the Flames will make the playoffs next year.

    The Bolts got really lucky this year and they won’t get very far in next years playoffs.

  18. flyersfan10897 says:

    i want to see a flyers parade. more than 2 million people showed up to both of theirs. the next parade in philly, for any team, will definitely have more than that, especially if its the eagles.

  19. CupBoundFlyers says:

    I called this whole financial situation of TB as soon as the season was over……. they have no fans lol thus they can’t keep up with all the raises their team is demanding, even tho they won they cup. Hockey doesn’t belong in places where ice can’t freeze naturally!

    By the way… sweet sweet revenge against T.B. October 13th!!!!

  20. d_only_Flames_Fan says:

    Think of what sutter did in San Jose – the team got better every year in the standing over 5 seasons. you tell me, is the the recipe for a one season wonder?

  21. d_only_Flames_Fan says:

    is this the, rather

  22. Keith_Tkachuk07 says:

    Too bad he can’t perform like that come playof time..

  23. 19Yzerman says:

    It was the southern expansion that granted Atlanta an NHL franchise on June 6, 1972 which was named the FLAMES by Atlanta area hockey fans.

    So your favorite problem to hate is the very process from which Your Team was derived.

    As far as the whole Flames vs Lightning thing goes that is now HISTORY that is written never to be changed. It will be interesting to see how these two teams fair next season. (If we see one) Lightning ended the regular season with 106 points top team in the east whose last playoff run took the Devils to a game 7 in the conf finals. Flames ended the regular season with 94 points and had not hosted a playoff game in how long? So who was the legitamate contender?

    Salary Sharing? Sounds like a modern day Robin Hood to me. If you are giving money to the needy for clothing and food because of their misfortune well thats fine. However giving money to the greedy simply because of mis management of team finance. Well that is not a healthy practice. So if there is going to Salary sharing then teams that are to be given money should have to be closely AUDITED first in order to qualify.

  24. Darkhorse says:

    You said the wrong thing Flamerboy. You know where the flames will finish this year….about 13th in the western conference. They were a complete abberation….a fluke….a total accident. It’s sad to me that Tampa won the cup simply because they are a Floridian team and that doesn’t seem right, but they were by far the better team. When you spend money and draft well, you win. The argument for Vancouver and Calgary being small less fortunate clubs along with other Canadian teams is simply a cover on the true issue—they don’t draft well—with exception to Ottawa who has drafted well and deserves whatever success comes their way. Vancouver is a thug team full of chokers who will NEVER win. Calgary is a young one person team with a goalie that will certainly be back to his old third string self this year. They were trappers who won with no skill…just lousy NHL rules. Toronto is just a joke period. Nothing more to say. Montreal has terrible management so the chances of them going anywhere are pretty much nonexistant. Edmonton…geez…what a complete mess. Draft better….win. Period.

  25. distance7 says:

    “So, T-Bayers, congratulations on your win. I hope/bet you contract from the league before this happens again.”

    You know, I never have a problem with articles you post or anything, but that’s just stupid. You didn’t play in the finals and lose. Darryl “My ears are the size of planets” Sutter isn’t as bitter as you. Snap out of it.

  26. raine_kalisz says:

    ummm, i’m a little confused about what you’re talking about… Flames and Canadians have two of the most promising futures ahead of them in as far as draft prospects. Phaneuf is a future franchise defenseman, and many other of the Calgary offensive threats are still young and will become well rounded players or high scorers in the near future, Lombardi, Kobasew, and the countless other AHL prospects still in the system. Kipper is not a fluke. He’s technically perfect and has amazing relfexes and speed. He’s not going anywhere. And calgary didn’t play the trap, they forechecked like nobodies business and used mad speed and grit to win. Calgary’s around to stay, though i don’t think you’ll see them reach the finals next year, they’ll still do well.

  27. 19Yzerman says:

    New Nick name for a guy who conducts himself in a very cool manner. As though he has ICE in his vains. Never rattled by any of the goals or any of the losses. I was amazed at how such a young net minder did not let his emotions show. You just know there has to be some emotions going in that head of his he just dosnt let it show. The forechecking and mad speed you mention of was what took a highly skilled veteran playoff team in the Red Wings right out of playoff contention. The flames did everything anyone would to see their team do except win game 7 in the finals.What you saw is a glowing testament to the level of difficulty to making it to the finals and winning it.

  28. d_only_Flames_Fan says:

    ol planet ears never shows nothin when it comes to emotions, so thats a little irrelevent. we won the conference finals, whoopee, he shakes jim playfair’s hand, smiles, and thats it. maybe a hug for his wife or something.

    i admit i got a little carried away, but i stand by my words. tampa bay will have some troubles this off season, and i dont think they will contend for awhile from here on in.

  29. MoscowDynamo says:

    Yeah but if there is an extended lockout (which is more likely than not) Calgary has the distinct advantage over Tampa of their fans knowing what hockey is when its over.

  30. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Unbelievable. I can’t even predict what the traffic on today’s drive home is going to be like, yet, due to some unknown force of nature, you know how the Bolts and the rest of the Eastern Conference teams are going to be playing going into next years playoffs.

    Anyone agree that people who tell what is going to happen ten months from now sounds as stupid, arrogant and pompous as hell?

  31. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Your confusion is caused by expecting DarkHorse to know a little about what he’s talking about, which evidently isn’t the case. He can see about as far as the end of his nose, and constantly displays as much knowledge about NHL and hockey in general as your local Korean tourist. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I wish he would just stop trying to be such an a$$, cause its working.

  32. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Don’t hold it against TB that they have a winning formula and your Flames don’t. I don’t say that to be vicious, mean, or anything else negative, but I think the whole TB organization should get the credit that they deserve for winning the Cup. Remember, everyone was only too happy to jump on the Bolts when they were at the bottom of the league, now that they’re on top looking down, let’s give them the respect they deserve.

    Your article does highlight the cyclical nature of sports. The Bolts had a good crop of young players who grew together, first learning to lose together and then learning how to win together. Of course, when these players are due for free agency, restricted or unrestricted, their salaries are gonna increase dramatically. It’s called sports salaries. As much as these players will cost you a lot of money in the future, while they’re on your payroll about to make that financial jump, they’re making the big plays, scoring the big goals, winning the championships.

    The grinders, on the other hand, are exactly what they are: grinders. While you can count on them night and night out to play their hearts out, you can’t count on them to score that game tying goal, to make that nifty pass, to make the huge play when you need it. Not saying that grinders don’t make such plays, they do, but you can’t count on a grinder to make that huge play like you can a superstar. For that reason, the price of grinders won’t increase that much from year to year, so you have some measure of cost certainty, but no measure of performance certainty.

    I don’t think your man Sutter is as genious as you give him credit for, I think he’s lucky to be in the position he’s in (bringing back most of his Cup finals team at a comparable cost). I don’t think even you believe that Darryl Sutter sat in his office one day and thought to himself, “I can go out and get a bunch of young players with a world of potential with the risk of losing them to higher salaries one day, or I can sign a bunch of grinders that will probably never win the Cup, but at least I’d be able to afford them until they retire.” I think he looked at the fact that he is in a small market with limited revenues and resources for player salaries, and went out and wisely spent his money on dependable players that he could afford. I think the fact that the Flames made it so far was a result partially of being a decent team, but mostly due to the stars aligning just right (ie. Kipper and Iggy playing so well and the supporting cast finding its groove.)

    So, don’t hate the Bolts because they won the Cup, appreciate and respect them for a well played series that they happened to win. Maybe the Bolts won’t be as successful next year, the year after or ever again, but there are no guarantees that things will fall into place just right for the Flames to enjoy such success, either.

    Hope this all makes sense, I’ve written it in three sittings over a four hour period.

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