The Flames have been off for awhile and in that vacuum has settled trade rumors about Rene Bourque, Kyle Turris due to growing sense of frustration and discontentment with the roster as it stands. While it’s still very early and the Flames are likely a better team than they’ve shown so far, the fans patience is beginning to wear thin. Calgary has been long on expenses and promises the last few years, but rather short on results. As evidenced by Sutter’s firing and the partial reboot this summer, the emotional capital built up by the first few heady seasons of Darryl’s reign is all but spent in this market.
As such, the ability for King et al. to leverage the the fading stars who were once the backbone of the team is eroding significantly with each lackluster performance. The Flames technically have another 75 games left to try to make the post-season, but the management may be working under a much tighter deadline should things continue to go south. The sooner the skaters can turn it around and make the suit’s off-season promises look less like bluster and more like prescience, the better for the men behind the bench and in the front office.