Trouble in Cowtown: Calgary Flames Face Tough Decisions Ahead

January 12th, 2011 by LaToya Wilson Leave a reply »
Currently on a four-game skid, the Calgary Flames are an organization in chaos.

Jay Feaster must be a masochist, because having to take on the problems the Flames face is a complicated and intricate job, one that is probably going to take years and an insurmountable amount of criticism.

The amount of demands for a rebuild that I’ve heard from fans has been unbelievable; in other words, Flames fans are more than prepared to accept that course of action.

Besides the obvious personal feelings I have about the road to a rebuild (Jarome Iginla is my favourite player and I’d hate to see him go), I have doubts about the whole “rebuild” course of action in general.

After all, it’s a guaranteed Stanley Cup, right?

In general, no. While people like to point to Pittsburgh, Washington, and Chicago in particular, it’s not all as clear as it seems.

Pittsburgh was terrible for years in the process of rebuilding. Due to this, they were able to first draft Marc-Andre Fleury first overall in 2003, Evgeni Malkin second overall in 2004, Sidney Crosby first overall in 2005, and then Jordan Staal ...

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