Why the Calgary Flames Are (Now) the Best in the West

December 7th, 2009 by Michael van der Sloot Leave a reply »
I think I can speak for all Flames fans when I say it's been a long time coming. Expectations following the 2004 Cup finals run have so far only led to overall disappointment and frustration for the "C of Red."

Maybe I'm jumping the gun a little here, but I believe that's all over now.

Having seen four different coaches behind the bench in the past five seasons, and all of four players remaining on this year's team that took the ice against Tampa Bay in the spring of 2004 (spring doesn't really roll into Calgary until June, for those who don't know), I've got a great feeling that this is the team we've all been waiting for.

Ultimately, the reason why I believe the Flames are now the best team in the Western Conference is because they have the most complete team from top to bottom.  

I'll give you five good reasons why.


1. Coaching

I'm positive that I wasn't the only one who felt like it was Christmas Eve after hearing Brent Sutter was hired as head coach. The reason for all this excitement? The last time the Flames had any legitimate success, it was his older brother Darryl behind the bench. ...

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