Future of the Calgary Flames: Here’s Hoping I’m Wrong—Again

July 18th, 2010 by David Kopp Leave a reply »
Two seasons ago, when Keenan was in his second and final year as head coach, I had a strong gut feeling the Flames were going all the way.

Iginla was just coming off another 50-goal season, Phaneuf received a nod for the Norris, and the team had given San Jose a real run for their money in a seven-game, first round series.

Going into the fall of '08, I was somehow convinced that Todd Bertuzzi, a signing I loved, would be a beast for us—the gorilla with velvet hands. He was a perfect fit for Keenan after he'd run Tanguay out of town. And Cammalleri was a steal.

The team looked strong, felt strong, and the city supported them with an air of October optimism after another first-round failure where we were once again 'oh so close.' 

What followed was an absolute disaster by season's end.

The Flames saw their 13-point lead over rival Vancouver fizzle into an uncanny loss of the Northwest Division.

The power play went something like 0-for-46 during that span and they were forced to dress an incomplete lineup on multiple nights due to cap complications and a myriad of injuries.

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