POST-GAME: Lost in the Desert

 

 

 

The Flames looked to go into the desert, find the magical oasis and leave with two points to finally put them over the .500 mark. Instead they ended up running out of gas, lost, and will be on the plane tending to some really bad dog bites.

Experimenting with yet another goaltender, Calgary seems quite content to try and make hay out of whatever the opposition gives then on any given night.

Tonight, Mike Smith didn’t give them a thing, and after clawing their way back against Dallas last night for the win, they simply had nothing left in their canteens once they got to the desert.

The Rundown

The much anticipated debut of Danny Taylor didn’t start off too great. Just :41 seconds into the game Phoenix was on the board when former Flames fan favorite, David Moss, would center the puck right in front of Taylor. Calgary was too busy asking Mosser how he enjoyed the desert air to notice Keith Yandle, and just like that, it was 1-0 for the Yotes. Taylor didn’t have a chance, but I’m sure many fans were already shaking their heads.

That was it for the first. Phoenix out-shot Calgary 14-8, out-chanced them 8-5. The only brightspot was that the Flames kept it out of the net on the Coyotes PP, the only one of the period for either team.

The second period was even less eventful. Despite the Flames out-chancing the Yotes 5-1 and out-shooting them 13-10, they weren’t able to generate enough offense to get the puck past Mike Smith; even on their one and only PP of the period and game.

On we go to the third. So it’s going to be just like the final period against the Stars right? Dig deep, press hard and just will your team into coming from behind again for the win… Yaaaawn, nope.

:30 seconds into the third, Mikkel Boedker would put the Yotes up by two. Ekman-Larsson would shoot wide left of Taylor and the puck would come right back out to his left. It seemed that Danny tried to track the puck behind him but was looking over the wrong shoulder. By the time he realized the puck came back out the other side, it was on  Boedker’s stick. The good news, Taylor slid over in time to make the save; the bad news is he left his pad open, which Boedker banked the puck off of and into the net. Not a good goal for Taylor but he was playing well enough to excuse it in his first game, the team however, was not.

After that, the third can be summed up with, "the Flames just didn’t have anything left."

At 9:27, Antoine Vermete would make it 3-0, and  that was all she wrote. To add insult to injury, Raffi Torres would make it 4-0 and David Moss would get his second assist of the game.

Why the Flames Lost…

Because despite generating 15 scoring chances, they couldn’t get anything passed Mike Smith. With 30 shots-on-goal you would think that some of them would leave you saying, "Ohhhh that was sooo close". Not tonight.

Because the team didn’t bring any energy with them from Dallas. They played the game and despite keeping the score close for two periods, they were pretty much playing from behind the whole night.

Because their special teams was a non-factor tonight. Despite keeping the Yotes offthe scoreboard via the power-play, the Flames only had one themselves and couldn’t capitalize on it. If Calgary could have tied the game with Ekman-Larsson in the box, we might have had a different game in the third (doubt it though).

Because the Flames only managed to win 29 out of 73 face-offs. Part of the Flames success in generating chances and being able to score often, has come from controlling the play. Calgary had 41 hits on the night yet only created four takeaways from Phoenix. Calgary isn’t talented enough to win games when they are playing from behind in all categories.

Firestarter

In a game like this? I don’t think so.

I’ll give an honourable mention to Danny Taylor. He let in four but really only one was a stinker, and let’s face it, tonight the whole team stunk. Calgary’s best line was their fourth line… THEIR FOURTH LINE!!

That means their was no one tonight providing any spark, of any kind, for this team. That means no Firestarter.

Ex-Flame, David Moss, had 16:03 of ice-time, 2 assists, 1 hit and was 50% on his face-offs. He can have it!

Sum it Up

Yeah… Hartley should be upset about this one. It seems for every step forward this team takes, they are just as likely to stumble back.

The Flames may have been on the 2nd half of a back-to-back night, but it was still a pretty pathetic effort tonight. Calgary went .500 on this mini road trip, but finds themselves a game under overall. Worst of all, they burned a game-in-hand that they didn’t have the luxury of giving up.

Anyways, you can’t whine about it after the fact. Take your beatings from Hartley and then put this one behind you. The Flames face the Kings on Wednesday back in the Dome. LA is a team that is currently behind Calgary but now has a game-in-hand on us. Wednesday night should be considered yet another must win… but then again, aren’t they all for this team?

Gametime against the Kings is 8:00 pm. It’s the late one on TSN’s double header night, which means they’ll probably join the game in progress.. cause well, that’s what TSN does when the Flames are on.

If I’m Hartley, I give the start right back to Taylor. Can’t put this loss on him when his team can’t score even one for him. Give em another chance? Hell, why not.



  • Vintage Flame

    It’s not that Irving got blamed for everything. At the NHL level both Irving and Taylor are going to be mediocre right?

    It’s just that this being Taylor’s first start, he can’t be blamed for the loss tonight.

    I said Taylor’s 2nd was a stinker, some comments have said that 2 or even 3 were bad. The problem tonight was that the Flames SCORED ZERO.

    Maybe if Calgary got one in the second or Taylor didn’t give up the bad one just 30 seconds into the third, there may have been a different outcome… Maybe..

    The fact is the TEAM looked apathetic and tired tonight.. didn’t really matter who was in net. That’s why I said give the start to Taylor against the Kings.

  • beloch

    Taylor managed a better sv% in his first NHL start then MacDonald did after years in the league, and that was with one of the worst Flames performances we’ve seen this season! His sv% this game also surpassed Irving’s average for this season. He wasn’t perfect, but he made a decent debut under bad circumstances. Kipper would have been hard-pressed to steal this one.

    Going forward, who gets the start against the Kings? Irving is done for now. At the very least he needs to prove he can spell Barry Brust adequately before he’ll be called up again. MacDonald is a known, mediocre quantity. Taylor is still the only healthy Flames goalie who might be able to take a step towards league average. Given that his debut debacle was on par, or even better than, MacDonald’s standard of mediocrity, I suspect Taylor will get the next start. It’s also a chance for him to prove himself in front of the team that gave him a fraction of one game and discarded him. If we can’t have good goal-tending, at least we can have a good story!

  • loudogYYC

    I’d say give Taylor another shot on Wednesday. Everyone pisses on Irving cause he’s been in the system since 2006 and hasn’t shown much promise since 2008.

    Taylor has got to this point in his career by busting his ass and improving his game, Irving is where he’s at because Calgary had a severely inept and stubborn GM who would hand out contract extensions instead of recognizing he made a mistake and fix it.

    Maybe the next 2 minutes hate article is dedicated to Darryl Sutter?

  • loudogYYC

    Calgary burns out their younger players (who aren’t very good to begin with) and lets their budding stars leave town – been going on for decades now.

    Too many hands on the Ownership side, worst Club President in ALL of sports, and a GM who is trying to figure things out on the fly.

    Be thankful Columbus is in the league as they will own the NHL cellar the rest of the way.

    Flames aren’t too far off as second worse in the league. I’ll give 1000-1 odds that the Flames don’t make make it to the playoff party….get used to it.

  • Willi P

    One of the worst games I have ever watched. 73 face offs with a player or two being thrown out of most of them. Boring with no flow. The Yotes tried put Calgary to sleep, and succeeded. I wouldn’t watch hockey any more if every game was like this. Couldn’t wait to shut off the TV (which I did right after the third goal)

  • loudogYYC

    Iggy where are you, hey Iggy ,Iggy. Where is the leadership on this team, not one vet wants to step up and lead. I see no emotional leader, the flames have a roll over and take it attitude. This team sucks from the top through to the bottom.

  • I think it’s fair to say Taylor looked more solid and composed most of the night, but that at least two of the goals shouldn’t have gone in. He didn’t get any run support, so it’s all moot.

    More disturbing is the fact the Flames money players are MIA right now. Jarome looked a few years younger to start the season, but over the last week or two he has reverted to the guy who frequently got snowed under last year.

    • Willi P

      Not that any of us have doubted what has needed to be done for a long time now, but do you think that this is the season we will FINALLY see some pieces shipped out Kent?

      • I think it’s highly possible if this continues much longer. There’s simply nowhere else to turn if the team finishes 10th or worse again this year, especially with Iginla’s and Kippers contracts coming up to their respective due dates.

        • Yeah the thing that REALLY scares me is management or Feaster always do the “but we just need one more piece”

          We have already missed the boat on PRIME return on Iggy but if we wait much longer we get nothing at all.

          This is our last chance to kickstart a much shortened rebuild. We could suck many less years then EDM.

          ROR + iggy trade + kipper trade = Shortened.

          Also saw someone talking about trading JBO to buffalo for Meyers. Sounded pretty unrealistic but what else do you thing it would take with JBO to pry him away?

          And lastly everyone hates all our NTC we have but if you trade away iggy + kipper + JBO who the heck is going to want to stay in Calgary? I think the NTC get waived by themselves.

    • aloudoun

      Money Players?

      Appreciate the fact that you are a died-in-the-wool there Kenton but Money Players?

      No such thing on the Calgary roster.

      I doubt anyone, other than an aging WAY past his prime Iginla, could even be considered as a #1 on ANY line in Columbus.

  • I remember ken king’s comment that he didn’t see any need for change in the team as long as the seats were full at the dome. This is a very soft and mostly boring team to watch and I don’t see management changing too much.

    • I see people talk about what WE owe Iggy, how about this for a thought

      Iggy owes US the fans, and therefore he should do us a solid and ask to be traded away since he knows the B.S. management is pulling.

      Its better for him, his career and the team!

      Hows that for intellectual honesty?

  • The rebuild, or retool whatever you want to call it will officially begin when Iggy ultimately dictates so. I have come to the conclusion that IGGY and Murray are quite comfortable with the status quo. In reality Uncle Feaster is a de-facto GM, and the turnstile of coaches will continue until the annointed one retires. Just how many coaches have come and gone during Iggy’s tenure? One cinderella playoff run years ago and what else? Individual stats mean nothing when they come at the expense of the team. THE CALGARY FLAMES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB.

    • Feaster must have known the situation with this team before he got the job. I mean I don’t blame him for taking it, who wouldn’t at 1.5mil avg salary for nhl GM. But the fact that you have no control over your team seems ridiculous.

      • The reality is this is not Feaster’s team, plain and simply stated Iggy picks the music the franchise dances to. The true pecking order of this organization is Edwards,Iggy,King, Feaster then the poor sap that runs the bench. Other than the cinderella playoff run years ago, the organization has not accomplished a damn thing with Iggy running point. His personal stats are just that personal. The lack of an NHL calibre backup speaks volumes as to the true direction. Dont feel to sorry for a hockey player who continues to win the 649 lottery year after year, the fans owe Iggy nothing, we pay his wages.

        • icedawg_42

          If Iginla gets signed for any more than 2 years at half his current salary…then we will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is running this team.

  • icedawg_42

    Aptly named article! The Flames are indeed lost in the desert. Not to defend Taylor here (Those waffles were awful) – but I think he needs another NHL start to see if he can shore up the weak stuff. I don’t see how anyone could defend Irving at this point, he’s been given enough chances to prove himself, and he has not done so. Not at the NHL level.

    The fact of the matter is that they’re hoping one of these unproven goalies will come out of nowhere and save the day. Watching the way this team plays, I have less and less doubt that Kipper will pack his bags and head for home this summer.

    As much as I hate to watch ‘Sutter hockey’, maybe Butter had it figured out, that the only way to prevent this team from being embarrassed is to run a game plan that you would teach to a middle division PeeWee team.

    This probably sounds more negative than I mean it to be – I enjoyed watching some of the more exciting moments this season. Problem is, we’re seeing just how many holes in the Flames’ game that Kipper being Kipper really hid. We need an NHL goaltender. STAT.

  • icedawg_42

    Hey, at least the opposition played their #1 goalie last night. I’d say its pretty damning evidence of what the rest of the league thinks of us when we go long stretches without seeing a #1 goalie.

    @vowswithin – I had the same thought about NTC not being an issue if we trade Iggy and make the team less of a country club. Players can’t be happy to lose and collect a paycheck. I think a mini re-tool (2 years?) would entice a lot of players to forget their NTC and move on. But history has shown that teams always get less in return when the player has ANY say in where they go… The fact that mgmt has to get trades approved by the player really screws things over. A prime example is of course Rick Nash. He happens to be 10x better than any asset we have, but Columbus still struggled to get much good for him because he could dictate where he went. And he desperately wanted OUT of Columbus.

    What do people think is a realistic return for Iggy?? I think a middling prospect and a 1st rounder (which will be late 1st round since it’ll be a contending team). Similar to what the Oilers got for Dustin Penner, but Penner had 1 year left on his deal. Is there any reason to be more optimistic than that? I keep seeing Iggy in Pittsburgh. Crosby is tearing it up with Dupuis on his wing. Imagine Iggy instead… I’m not familiar with any prospects the Penguins have in the system, but something like that seems likely to me.

    • T&A4Flames

      PIT doesn’t have much in the way of quality forward prospects, but they are chalk full of solid D prospects; Morrow, Despres, Harrington, Maatta, Pouliot. I would love to get Morrow personally.

      Iggy for a 1st and Morrow.

  • Scary Gary

    Although it is early days yet, Calgary Flames fans should be rejoicing with the season so far, particularly following today’s loss:

    (1) I think Calgary’s record not only reflects the overall level of talent of the team, which is simply not elite and perhaps not even good. And while it goes without saying that poor goaltending has certainly skewed the overall record downwards, it shows how Kipper has prevented Calgary from a top five draft pick in recent years. If these trends continue, which is most likely to be the case, then Calgary should obtain a high draft pick but also begin a bit of the firesale process.

    (2) The season so far “appears” to be showing that Iggy no longer has the skill or the drive to lead to motivate/lift the performance of the team. This is not necessarily a positive development but I think further reinforces the fact that if Iggy really wants to win the cup, he will need to accomplish this elsewhere. Iggy is clearly not elite but is still good and good enough to make a difference for a cup contender. While I continue to read that the Flames will only trade Iggy if he makes the request, this seems absolutely absurd. Isn’t management’s role to make the team better rather that cater to one play’s whims? This may sound crazy but I actually think one of the best places for Iggy to win the cup outside of the Penguins or Bruins maybe with the Canucks. The Canucks are still cup contenders and he could make them much better and perhaps put them over the top. I also think Iggy could be a good fit with the Flyers despite their poor performance to date. Perhaps package Iggy with Giordano and try to suck some good young talent back.

    (3) The season has shown despite the poor record that Brent Sutter was a pretty poor coach. He was from what I recall the only coach left in the NHL who purely deployed “dump and chase” strategy last year. More importantly, he defensive strategy clearly did not maximize the skill set of a lot of players, which notably include Matt Stajan and Jay Bouwmeester. This means in the event that management does decide to trade Bouwmeester, the Flames maybe able to extract more trade value from him. Kudos must be given to Bob Hartley for utilizing a more attack-first type of strategy and activating the defensemen into the offence. Although it seems like you pretty much have no choice to do so given the continued improvement in goaltending.

    (4) I also think Flames fan should be throwing “some” praise towards Feaster or John Weisbrod more specifically. Weisbrod has improved the overall talent level of the team. The preliminary results shows that drafting over the last couple years may reap some rewards. More importantly, the signings of Hudler and Cervenka show that the new management has the ability to identify more skilled offensive players then in the past. The trade for Stempniak for Langkow has proven to be a clear win. Regehr’s recent decline has shown that dumping his contract has been win. And what Olli Jokinen, he has played terrible for the Jets. So yes, even though the Flames desperately need a centre, choosing not to resign Jokinen has been a a very smart move. I would also have to confess that Wideman has turned out better than expected but the last couple games has shown that he is clearly not a shut-down defender.

    (5) And finally the Flames could eventually get better when Michael Backlund returns and when Sven Bartschi development accelerates. Backlund may not be an elite centre but clearly he is Calgary’s only skilled centre that is able to drive the puck the right away. He seems capable of being a decent second line centre and a very good third line centre. Yes, he won’t be elite but he is clearly the best centre in the Flames organization by a country mile.

    (6) So yes the Flames are a team full of holes but I think it should be much easier for management to identify what not only needs to be done but that it needs to done NOW.

  • T&A4Flames

    What we really need is a desperate GM that is ready to overpay. I’m looking at you McPhee in WAS.

    To WAS: Kipper, Irving and some other random piece (B prospect, Stajan, Jones…..)

    To CGY: Neuvirth/Holtby, Johansson, Forsberg and a 1st.

    Like I said- OVER-PAYMENT!! We could add Butler or Sarich quite honeslty and I wouldn’t be upset.

  • T&A4Flames

    Prediction: if we lose on Weds to the Kings, we see the first move, of hopefully many, before the next game on Sat. Also Iggy NTC waiving becomes a hot (er) topic.
    If we’re going to make some moves player wise it has to start soon, can’t expect to do everything at the trade deadline. Go time Feast!

  • T&A4Flames

    Agree that the return for Iginla right now is the standard 1st rounder and then a B+ prospect at best.

    I think the best wat to maximize the return for Iginla is to ship him out with JBo. That way, if you’re LA, St. Louis, Detroit, NYR, the Bruins, or the Flyers and you think you’re a legit contender, now here’s this package of a 30 minue/night top pairing shut down D-man and a 2nd line RW who should still be good for 30/year and can play 1st or 2nd pp.

    That package would have to be looked at by several GMs as being bale to put an already contender over the top and therefore the return should include a top level prospect.

    • Oyo

      This is so irrational it’s almost ridiculous. What contending team can just take on over 12 million is salary and give back only prospects???? I understand the frustration with the lack of elite talent drafted or found by the org but can we at least try to stay within a reasonable arena of likelihood? Iggy ( which has been stated already ) would get us a late 1st and decent prospect. Jbo I bet would net us a fairly large return. Unfortunately we have no number 1 D anywhere in the system to replace his minutes. Frankly I’m rooting for any trade ( iggy, kipper ) that gives us cap relief and pray for getzlaf to not resign in Anaheim! Then offer him iggy money and be on our merry way.

      Tangs / getzlaf / cammy
      Sven / backs / stemp
      Hudler / cervenka / glen x
      Horak / jones / Jackman

      Bow / Gio
      Brodie / wideman
      Butler / free agent

      Ramo / Taylor

      That looks much more balanced to me. Plus has a few picks and prospects to work with.

      • Captain Ron

        HAR! Yeah, Getzlaf is coming to Calgary. But I’m unrealistic.

        If traded at the deadline, most of the cap hit is already used up.

        The idea is predicated around a rebuild to begin with.

        Also, my idea doesn’t preclude bringing back salary in the form of an unwanted player in order to level things out salary cap wise.

        So, how’s it ridiculous again?

        But OK, go back to dreaming about Getzlaf. You were obviously one of those people who thought we’d sign Parise and Suter in the off-season and be on our merry way.

  • Captain Ron

    Its a difficult pill to swallow but that orphaned team in the desert is better than the Flames. Especially two of their defencemen, their centers, and goaltender last night at least. Their style of play could cure an insomniac though. This week we will have the pleasure of watching LA, Minny and the Yotes again.

    *Sigh*

    • T&A4Flames

      And this is why I don’t get all the Sutter system bashing vs Harltey.

      1) Boring systems have been proven to work many times in the past;

      2) Give Hartley’s last year’s Flames team and tell me it’s any different.

      • Captain Ron

        You could certainly make an argument that the style of play is effective if you have the right mix of players to do it. For the paying customer though it can be lacking in entertainment value at times. Maybe I’m being greedy wanting to be entertained in both wins and losses.

        Did you go to the Dome very often and pay to watch Brent Sutter coached games? I did and still do with the new guy. If nothing else I’m still awake at the end of the game and feel like I got something a little more entertaining for my money.

        I was a fan of the B Sutter hiring in the begining but by the 3rd year I couldn’t wait to see him gone. I got tired of walking into the Dome with my ears slung low like a rabbit in hiding.

        I admit the results haven’t been much better overall yet but it has become fun to be there again even with the losses.

        • icedawg_42

          Yup. I gotta agree. I’d rather watch exciting hockey than be bored to death and end up with a .500 record. The problem is…Butter’s style probably matched the low end skill level of this roster…it’s slowly getting better but obviously not where the Hartley system needs it to be. Frankly my take on the whole “defense first” BS is that you should be trying to score for 60 minutes..whether you’re up 7-0 or down 7-0

        • Captain Ron

          As far as pure entertainment value goes, you’re 100% right, and yeah, seeing the Flames live in years past was even worse than on TV.

          But I think Hartley is starting to see the problems intrinsic in the style of game he’s advocating within the context of the player group he’s got. ie. Lack of drive, taking shifts, periods, games off. A team can’t play Hartley’s style without passion coming from within the player group.

          In other words, the ‘newness’ of his system seems to be wearing off.

          • Captain Ron

            Totally agree. This is an evaluation process & Hartley knows what kind of players he wants on his team that will play his system on a consistent basis. The novelty of the lockout, new coach, new system & the fact the Flames have had one of the easiest starting schedules is definitely wearing off. These next 10 games will be the agenda him & Feaster will have have going into the trade deadline. If we bat .500 like we seem to be pacing at & are 10-11-3, this team will be solidly entrenched in 12th or 13th place. I think how Iggy is being deployed & if he counters with what we witnessed last night, we are going to have a lot of scouts at our games.

          • Captain Ron

            I agree with you here. The newness is definately wearing off. Maybe we can hope Hartley is influential enough with Feaster and the owners to encourage some real change for the future.

            I had decided to give them 15 games or so before becoming too critical of this team. It is becoming pretty obvious that while it looks like there are some improvements the end result will be the same old inconsistent team. You are right about Iginla. When I compare him to other older notable players in this league he is under performing big time.

          • Oyo

            Look what Alfredson is doing in Ottawa. They have devestating injuries & he is leading that team to victories, good goaltending hasnt hurt either. Many said what Warrener did had no bearing on how Iggy played the next day. I am starting to think differently. We need our Captain to start to hate losing again.

          • Captain Ron

            I’ve been paying attention to a few guys and Alfredson is one of them along with Selanne, Koivu, Hossa, Datsuk, Whitney, etc etc. Iginla’s performance with a couple of exceptions is nowhere hear good enough. In fact its so bad compared to those other guys it is almost unwatchable. There is no excuse for this type of effort from the team captain. He has lots left I think but his head does not seem to be in it anymore here. Time for him to go and take the sense of entitlement with him before the fan base turns on him and it becomes embarrassing for everyone involved.

  • icedawg_42

    Fan favourite? Moss? I think you’re overestimating the average fan, VF. I know plenty of people who absolutely hated him, and were completely happy to see him leave.

    @Robert Johnson

    First of all, Kent means “money players” in the literal sense. As in, the players who are making lots of money.

    Personally, I think Jiri Hudler, Mike Cammalleri, and Alex Tanguay would all be 1st line players on the Blue Jackets. That’s a horrible team we’re talking about. Their 1st line RW is Artem Anisimov, he of the career high 44 points. That’s a bad season for Tanguay.

    @RKD

    Could you please stop bringing up the “Flames would need to go…” thing at EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY? We get it. Their chances of making the playoffs aren’t good. No one cares about you pointing it out every chance you get.

    Also, where are you getting 56 points from? I’m just curious.

  • icedawg_42

    Blech. Horrible game.

    If you’re an optimist, you could say that if the Flames won two of their shootouts, they’d be doing okay.

    I wonder if Feaster will bring that up.

  • Old Soldier

    I am not trying to make this an attack on Iginla, but for years people have placed the man on the alter of leadership, yet standing back and looking I see nothing to prove that standing.

    I can honestly say, whether if it was the Oilers or Canucks, I never once saw Messier smile genuinely and comfortably talking about his teams struggles. There seems to be a comfortable acceptance of the situation from Iginla, and the fact he is the one player in that city who could say anything he damn well pleased without serious repercussion, he hasnt used his mantel very well.

    Iginla is a HHOF star player, but I dont see him as a leader, and never have. He’s a good guy, a buddy, a charitable fellow, not someone you are scared to piss off, not someone who will threaten management, or teammates. I think the misconception of him as a leader has hurt the Flames as much as recent management.

    His play this year has been embarrassing, especially to those of us who admire him as a person. Parking himself at the blueline waiting for a stretch pass, then slowing play to a near standstill looking for a teammate to make a seam pass to, has worked exactly twice, and the rest of the time becomes another turnover to which he follows the pack. I am actually convinced this may be a retirement year more than a contract year, which in all honesty cant hurt the Flames either way, as his trade value is literally nil at this point.

    As far as the goaltending, Kipper is no longer the answer, his stat line is no better than the other three who have started, in fact worse than two of them. Every expert predicts Kipper is heading back to Finland next year rather than finish his contract for a meager $1.5 mil

    There are pieces that could be moved (JBow, Giordano, and others) but they would definitely put a dent in a defence that has very little depth in the system.

    And as far as natural centers, especially skilled 1st and 2nd line centers….other than the draft, I have no idea where the Flames think they can find those

    As gloomy as things seem, it might be just getting started, and could get much worse.

    • Vintage Flame

      I am not trying to make this an attack on Iginla, but for years people have placed the man on the alter of leadership, yet standing back and looking I see nothing to prove that standing.

      I think one of the biggest problems is that year after year this team struggles with their identity. The only constant they have had is that Iggy is the identity of this team and the city.

      I think Edwards really struggles with severing that link.

      There seems to be a comfortable acceptance of the situation from Iginla, and the fact he is the one player in that city who could say anything he damn well pleased without serious repercussion, he hasnt used his mantel very well.

      That is the catch-22 of the Flames and their link to him.

      If it’s true that he doesn’t want to leave and the Flames don’t want to trade him because neither wants to look like the “bad guy” then both parties are fooling themselves.

      If Iggy leaves as a UFA, then the fans will turn on him for abandoning the team and the team will look like idiots for not seeing this coming a “Red Mile” away!

  • Old Soldier

    The panel post game reaction was “if you’re a flames fan, forget about this one”. Broken record. Been hearing that a lot for the past 20+ years (other than 04). The team has not brought much pleasure to the city. We have been a joke for a long time in the league even though we have the fan support and better than average cap spending pleasures. Despite this we are perpetually bad. Management and ownership have clearly failed.

  • Vintage Flame

    Rhett Warrener needs to give us his opinion of Iginla every day, then maybe Iginla will give a consistent game to game effort. I doubt it but anything is worth a try at this point.