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Flames Unfiltered – Episode 177 – Huberdeau Benched: What’s the Fix?

Brad Burud/Kyle Lewis November 9, 2023

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Huberdeau Benched: What’s the Fix?

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— EPISODE 177 —

In this episode of Flames Unfiltered, hosts Brad Burud and Kyle Lewis discuss the recent struggles of the Calgary Flames and the potential for a turnaround. They share their thoughts on the team’s performance, including the play of key players like Elias Lindholm and Jonathan Huberdeau. The hosts also highlight the impressive performances of young players Conor Zary and Martin Pospisil, and discuss potential trade options for the Flames. They also touch on the recent suspension of Andrew Mangiapane and the importance of discipline on the ice.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Flames’ recent losing streak has raised questions about the team’s performance and potential changes.
  • Young players like Conor Zary and Martin Pospisil have shown promise and could be key contributors in the future.
  • The team needs to address the struggles of key players like Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau.
  • The Flames should consider trading pending UFAs to acquire assets and improve the roster.
  • Discipline and accountability are crucial for the team’s success.


  • “The losing streak went on longer than ideal, but the team is starting to find their game.” – Kyle Lewis
  • “Conor Zary has been the Flames’ best player in the last two games.” – Brad Burud
  • “The Flames need to address the struggles of Elias Lindholm and consider trading him for assets.” – Kyle Lewis

Flames Unfiltered: Analyzing the State of the Calgary Flames

By Brad Burud

Welcome to another edition of Flames Unfiltered, where we dive deep into the world of Calgary Flames hockey. In this episode, we discuss the recent struggles of the team, the emergence of young players, and the future outlook for the organization. Join me, Brad Burud, as we explore these topics and more.

Introduction: A Rollercoaster Season

The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster ride for Flames fans. With a string of losses and a sense of frustration in the air, it’s easy to feel disheartened. But amidst the struggles, there have been glimmers of hope. The team has shown resilience and the emergence of young players has provided a spark. In this article, we will delve into the main themes discussed in the recent Flames Unfiltered podcast and analyze their implications for the team.

The Rise of Young Players

One of the most exciting developments for the Flames has been the emergence of young players like Conor Zary and Martin Pospisil. Zary, in particular, has been a standout performer, impressing with his skill and hockey IQ. As Brad Burud points out, “I am so impressed, honestly, with both of them, especially Zary. I am so impressed. So impressed.” Zary’s impact on the ice has been undeniable, and his performance has given Flames fans hope for the future.

Another young player who has caught the attention of the Flames Unfiltered hosts is Martin Pospisil. Despite facing injury setbacks in the past, Pospisil has shown great potential and has made a strong impression in his recent NHL appearances. Brad Burud notes, “I thought he’s been good. Really good.” Pospisil’s speed and physicality have been assets to the team, and his development bodes well for the Flames’ future.

The Struggles of Elias Lindholm

While the young players have provided a glimmer of hope, there are concerns about the performance of Elias Lindholm. Brad Burud expresses his disappointment, stating, “I’m so unimpressed with him this year.” Lindholm, who is one of the highest-paid players on the team, has not lived up to expectations. His lackluster play and inability to make an impact have been frustrating for fans and analysts alike.

The Flames Unfiltered hosts discuss the possibility of trading Lindholm, with Brad Burud suggesting, “Put $7 million down, and if he says no, okay, trade him for assets that we can use right now.” While Lindholm’s trade value may have decreased due to his recent struggles, there is still potential to acquire valuable assets in return. The Flames could use the cap space to sign a quality roster player and bolster their lineup.

The Need for Defensive Improvement

Another area of concern for the Flames is their defensive play. The hosts highlight the lack of active defensemen and the struggles with power play zone entries. These issues have hindered the team’s offensive production and overall performance. Kyle Lewis points out, “Getting the zone and keeping the zone has been a real problem for them.” The Flames need to address these defensive shortcomings and improve their puck movement to generate more scoring opportunities.

The Impact of Coaching Decisions

The hosts also discuss the impact of coaching decisions on player development and team chemistry. They criticize the excessive line changes and lack of stability in the lineup, which can hinder chemistry and consistency. Brad Burud states, “How are you supposed to gel when you get three shifts to do it?” The Flames need to find a balance between making necessary adjustments and allowing players to develop chemistry and find their rhythm.

The Future Outlook

Despite the challenges and frustrations, there are reasons for optimism in Calgary. The emergence of young players like Zary and Pospisil, along with the strong performances of veterans like Blake Coleman, provide hope for the future. The Flames have the potential to mold a competitive team by integrating young talent and making strategic roster moves.

As the season progresses, the Flames will need to address their defensive issues, find solutions for underperforming players like Lindholm, and continue to develop their young talent. The road ahead may be challenging, but with the right adjustments and a commitment to improvement, the Flames can turn their season around.

In conclusion, the Flames Unfiltered podcast provides valuable insights into the state of the Calgary Flames. The emergence of young players, the struggles of key veterans, and the need for defensive improvement are all key themes discussed. While there are challenges to overcome, there is reason for optimism as the Flames work towards building a competitive team. The future outlook depends on the team’s ability to address these issues and make strategic roster moves. Flames fans can look forward to an exciting and unpredictable journey as the season unfolds.


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Brad Burud/Kyle Lewis

Flames Unfiltered features two passionate and opinionated hosts. Brad Burud has been with the show since the beginning and was the creator of the show. A Flames fan since 1986 he brings the old school approach to the show. As a Theoren Fleury and Mikka Kiprusoff fan he longs for the playoff runs he watched decades ago. Kyle Lewis joined the show for the start of season four. A Flames fan since the 90’s, Kyle is a huge collector of Calgary game-worn jerseys. Jarome Iginla was the hero for the Flames when Kyle started this journey and Iginla will always be a favorite. Kyle hopes this year’s version of the Flames can bring him the happiness he felt when Gelinas scored the overtime game winner over Detroit. Thanks for joining us. Sit back and enjoy some Flames hockey talk.

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