Up In Smoke: Autopsying the Calgary Flames

April 13th, 2010 by Tim Stein Leave a reply »
The knives were out in full force long before the final faceoff. Before the last puck dropped to the Calgary Flames' "lost" season, fans were already heard from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia demanding sweeping changes. "Fire the Sutters!" "Can Ken King!" "Trade Jarome Iginla for something, anything!" I can tell you right here, right now: Don't expect the Calgary Flames to make any major moves over the offseason in the above-mentioned vein because it simply will not occur. There will be a few changes and tweaks, and we will have seen the last of some players and personnel, but the coach, general manager and the president are currently safe in their respective jobs. One can make the argument that the team has classically underachieved since the "run of wonder" back in 2004, and there is validity to this. Losing out in the 1st round of the playoffs will do that to your perspective. But at the same time, the pressure from fans, real or perceived, must have contributed to seeing no continuity nor stability to this team for the better part of a decade. The team has been basically forced to attempt to adopt new and different systems of play almost every year since 2004. Each coach bri ...

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