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Flames Unfiltered – Episode 182 – Dillon Dube: Time to Cut Bait

Brad Burud/Kyle Lewis December 11, 2023

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Dillon Dube: Time to Cut Bait

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— EPISODE 182 —

In this episode of Flames Unfiltered, Brad and Kyle discuss the Calgary Flames’ recent games and the team’s struggles with underperforming players. They express their frustration with the lack of production from key players and the team’s inconsistent performance. They also talk about the upcoming schedule and the importance of making changes to the roster to improve the team’s chances of success.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Flames’ top players, such as Jonathan Huberdeau and Elias Lindholm, have been underperforming and not contributing enough offensively.
  • The team’s lack of scoring first and relying on comeback wins is a concerning trend that needs to be addressed.
  • The Flames have a tough schedule ahead and need to find ways to win games against strong opponents.
  • The upcoming trade deadline presents an opportunity for the Flames to make changes to the roster and acquire assets for pending unrestricted free agents.


  • “The big guys not being on the board at all is a major problem for the Flames.” – Brad Burud
  • “We need a number one center and a scorer to improve the team’s offensive production.” – Kyle Lewis

Flames Unfiltered: Analyzing the Challenges and Potential of the Calgary Flames

By Brad Burud and Kyle Lewis

Welcome to Flames Unfiltered, where we dive deep into the world of the Calgary Flames and discuss the highs and lows of the team’s performance. In this thought-provoking article, we will explore the most significant themes discussed in our recent podcast episode. We will analyze the challenges faced by the Flames and the potential impact of these issues on the team’s future.

Introduction: A Rollercoaster of Mediocrity

The Calgary Flames have had a rollercoaster season so far, with ups and downs that have left fans frustrated and hopeful at the same time. The team’s performance has been inconsistent, and the lack of production from key players has been a major concern. In this article, we will delve into the issues plaguing the Flames and discuss the potential solutions that could help turn the season around.

The Underachieving Stars

One of the biggest challenges facing the Flames is the underperformance of their star players. The likes of Jonathan Huberdeau, Dillon Dube, and Elias Lindholm have failed to live up to expectations, leaving the team struggling to find consistent scoring. As Brad Burud pointed out in our podcast, the Flames’ top scorers are on pace for disappointingly low point totals. This lack of offensive production has been a major factor in the team’s struggles.

Brad Burud: “Think about how good this team could be if Huberdeau was playing at his standard. Lindholm was at his standard. Mangiapane was at his standard. It is a giant problem. There is so much underachieving going on, it’s not even funny.”

Kyle Lewis: “Even if they were three quarters as good as they should be, if Huberdeau was a 70 point player, this is a different conversation. But he’s not.”

The Flames’ power play has also been a source of frustration. Despite having talented players on the ice, the team has struggled to convert on the man advantage. The lack of a true scoring threat has made it difficult for the Flames to capitalize on their opportunities and gain momentum in games.

Kyle Lewis: “The power play, it’s less dangerous than even strength. You really don’t expect the Flames to score more than two goals in any given night.”

The Rise of the Young Guns

While the star players have struggled, the Flames have seen some positive performances from their young players. Players like Connor Zary and Jakob Pelletier have shown promise and have injected some much-needed energy into the lineup. Brad Burud highlighted the impressive play of Zary and Pospisil, noting that they have been among the most exciting players to watch this season.

Brad Burud: “I’m all about injecting youth, and I couldn’t be more impressed with Zary and Pospisil. And I’m excited to see how Coronado and when Pelltier is. When he gets back, I’m assuming he’ll come back to the Wranglers for a while. And then Solovyov has been fine. He’s had a couple of hiccups, but I mean, that’s expected.”

The emergence of these young players gives Flames fans hope for the future. While the team may be facing challenges in the present, the development of these prospects could provide a solid foundation for the years to come.

The Trade Deadline Dilemma

With the Flames’ playoff hopes dwindling, the focus now shifts to the trade deadline and the potential moves the team could make. Brad Burud expressed his concern about the market value of the Flames’ pending unrestricted free agents (UFAs). While the Flames may have hoped to receive significant returns for players like Elias Lindholm and Chris Tanev, their underperformance this season may impact their trade value.

Brad Burud: “The only thing I’m worried about now is what’s the market value for these guys. What do we get for a Lindholm? Who’s a comparable? Is Bo Horvat comparable?”

Kyle Lewis: “If we get less for Tanev than what they got for Chariot, then I don’t want to think about it.”

The Flames’ management will need to carefully navigate the trade market to ensure they receive fair value for their UFAs. The decisions made at the trade deadline could have a significant impact on the team’s future.

Conclusion: Navigating the Flames’ Future

As Flames fans, we find ourselves in a familiar position of hoping for a turnaround while acknowledging the team’s challenges. The Flames’ inconsistent performance and underachieving stars have left us frustrated, but the emergence of young players like Zary and Pelletier provides a glimmer of hope. The upcoming trade deadline will be a crucial period for the Flames, as they look to reshape the roster and build for the future.

While the Flames may not be playoff-bound this season, there is reason to be optimistic about the team’s long-term prospects. The development of young talent and potential trades could provide the necessary foundation for future success. As fans, we must continue to support the team through the ups and downs, knowing that change is on the horizon.

So, as we head into the holiday season, let’s raise a glass to the Flames and their potential for a brighter future. Cheers to the young guns, the trade deadline, and the hope that lies ahead. Go Flames Go!




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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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