August 03 2015 11:00AM
The 2008-09 season was largely the last hurrah for the Jarome Iginla Era Calgary Flames. It was the last time that Iginla would make the playoffs as captain of the Flames, and the last time that a Darryl Sutter Flames club made the dance, as well.
In many ways, the chickens came home to roost in 2008-09. Darryl Sutter's famed tweaks failed to make a big impact on the roster. His tenuous salary cap house of cards collapsed at the end of the season, forcing the team to play short a few players for the last five games. And without flexibility in the organization, the Flames were worn down, worn out, and their veteran core simply didn't have the gas in the tank after an 82-game slog to put up much of a fight in the playoffs against Chicago.
August 02 2015 11:00AM
The feeling around Calgary after the 2006-07 season was that the Flames had to right the ship. Immediately demoting Jim Playfair and bringing in Mike Keenan to coach the veteran-laden Flames made logical sense - though in retrospect, it's exactly the kind of drastic move you see from teams that are trying to not to let their dwindling playoff chances slip away.
But before the proverbial "window" would begin to close for the Flames, they would make a run at it. And what followed was a pretty good season by the Flames, albeit one derailed when they faced a team tailor-made to beat them in the post-season.
August 01 2015 11:00AM
The 2005-06 Calgary Flames were a really good regular season team that collapsed in the playoffs. The 2006-07 Calgary Flames were, in many ways, a team that was lucky to make the post-season dance.
Whether it was some new additions or their brand-new head coach, the Calgary Flames began their gradual post-2004 descent in 2006-07 - a process that continued largely unabated until the team was finally blown up in the spring of 2013.
July 31 2015 01:00PM
The Calgary Flames captured the imagination of the hockey world in 2003-04. They had a season where everything went right, seemingly - until the end - and the franchise finally had some momentum after being a league-wide afterthought since the early 1990s.
And then they missed an entire season due to the lockout.
When the NHL resumed played in the fall of 2005, the game was much different. But Darryl Sutter had time to reshape his motley crew into a more polished, veteran-laden group that really should've performed better in the playoffs than they actually did. The 2005-06 Calgary Flames were a great team on paper. Unfortunately, they didn't play the post-season on paper.
July 30 2015 11:01AM
The 2002-03 season was a tumultuous year for the Calgary Flames that saw the team filled with turmoil, change, and disappointment. They entered the 2003-04 season with a different head coach, a different general manager and a different captain than they began the previous season. Heck, they even changed the colour scheme of their home and away jerseys.
And all that new energy seemed to gel quickly with the returning core of the team, as the Flames had one of the most astonishing 118 games of hockey we've ever seen around these parts.