Mission Cap of the Night: Darryl Sutter.
Congratulations to Darryl Sutter and the Calgary Flames for winning Deadline ’09 by adding Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold. They made the best acquisitions yesterday and propelled them to another level in the dificult West. In a few hours, they made the West a 2 horse race to a 3 horse race. I am really curious to see how Jokinen handles playing in a Canadian city and how he will perform in the playoffs, a place where he has never been. In fact, he is the all-time leader in most regular season games played without reaching the playoffs (780 games! Holy Shit).
Right now the Flames sit in 3rd in the West and Detroit just took over 1st from the Sharks with a win last night. If the playoffs started today, the Flames and Sharks would be set to meet in the conference semi’s – a rematch of last year’s very entertaining 7 game series. This series would go to 7 games again this year for sure. I can’t wait for the playoffs. Should be an interesting last 20 games of the season to jock for position.