Relive the 2010-11 Calgary Flames Season

The 2010-11 campaign marked the end of the Darryl Sutter Era for the Calgary Flames. And as many things often do, it ended not with a bang but with a whimper. Sutter left the Flames around Christmas after a few uneven seasons of managerial decisions, handing the reins to Jay Feaster.

On the ice, the Flames continued to plod along, a team with some definite promise but failing to really live up to what many felt was its potential due to those aforementioned uneven managerial decisions.

SEASON RESULTS

Northwest Division GP W L OTL Pts GD Sh% Sv% PDO Conf.
Rank
p-Vancouver 82 54 19 9 117 +77 8.2% 93.3% 101.5 1st
Calgary 82 41 29 12 94 +13 8.5% 91.6% 100.1 10th
Minnesota 82 39 35 8 86 -27 7.9% 92.5% 100.4 12th
Colorado 82 30 44 8 68 -61 8.0% 91.3% 99.3 14th
Edmonton 82 25 45 12 62 -76 7.5% 91.2% 98.8 15th


SEASON RECAP

The 2010-11 campaign was a strange one.

The Flames missed the playoffs by three points. Looking back, it was probably because they were tremendously streaky. They had six different three-plus game winning streaks, including a six-game streak in late January that pushed Calgary from the fringes into the playoff picture. Sadly, they also had six three-plus game losing streaks, and their inability to stave off that streakiness is why they missed the post-season.

Calgary was hovering just below the .500 mark when Darryl Sutter resigned as general manager in late December. Jay Feaster received a battlefield promotion to interim GM after being hired in mid-July as Sutter’s assistant GM. He was fine and didn’t make too many crazy moves, and the team finished 12 games over .500 for the year, so Feaster got the gig full-time.

Of note: Jarome Iginla had an excellent season, Craig Conroy retired in February into a front office job, and the Flames repeatedly waived Ales Kotalik and Niklas Hagman with the hopes that somebody, anybody, would take their (bad) contracts off their hands.

SCORING LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts +/-
Jarome Iginla 82 43 43 86 E
Alex Tanguay 79 22 47 69 E
Olli Jokinen 79 17 37 54 -17
Rene Bourque 80 27 23 50 -17
Curtis Glencross 79 24 19 43 +6
Brendan Morrison 66 9 34 43 +13
Mark Giordano 82 8 35 43 -8
Matt Stajan 76 6 25 31 +1
David Moss 58 17 13 30 +9
Niklas Hagman 71 11 16 27 -2

Miikka Kiprusoff started his standard 70+ games, though with the Flames leaning on Henrik Karlsson as their new back-up, it meant Kiprusoff “only” made 71 starts – Karlsson suited up for 11 games. Kiprusoff’s graduate decline continued, as he posted a .916 even-strength save percentage; he ranked 42nd of the 63 goalies that played 500+ even-strength minutes.

That’s not good.

NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS

The 2010-11 season was wonderfully lean on trades. Darryl Sutter traded away his own son with his last swap as Flames general manager, while Jay Feaster’s first move involved acquiring Frederik Modin, who barely played due to injuries and then retired. A strong start, indeed.

  • November 17, 2010: traded Ian White and Brett Sutter to Carolina for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos.
  • February 28, 2011: traded a seventh round pick to Atlanta for Frederik Modin.
  • June 1, 2011: traded Tim Erixon and a fifth round pick to the NY Rangers for Roman Horak and two second round picks.
  • June 25, 2011: traded Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and a second round pick to to Buffalo for Chris Butler and Paul Byron.

We can cringe all we want about the Regehr/Kotalik move, but man, that Erixon deal turned out to be a steal in retrospect. Erixon was going to go back into the draft without signing and Calgary would’ve gotten a single second round pick in compensation; the deal amounts to Erixon for two picks and a fifth rounder for Roman Horak, which are both very good value swaps.

    The final free agency additions in the summer of 2010 from Darryl Sutter: Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen (after trading him away the year before), Brendan Morrison, Stefan Meyer, Raitis Ivanans, Tim Jackman and minor leaguer Ryan Stone. A mixed bag, I’d say, but fairly heavy on name players.

    The 2011 Draft was borderline excellent.

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    Gaudreau is a good NHLer already. Granlund is well on his way, and Wotherspoon is knocking on the door. Brossoit and Baertschi became assets that the Flames used to acquire other things – notably Ladislav Smid and Dougie Hamilton.

    RETHINKING THE 2010-11 FLAMES

    The Flames were one of the better possession teams in the NHL, with a 51.7% Corsi For mark. They also boasted the NHL’s third-best shooting percentage. So what was the deal? Why did they miss the playoffs?

    Goaltending.

    Despite being in the NHL’s top third in possession and offense, their goaltending squandered many of their opportunities to win games. Their even-strength save percentage was in the league’s bottom-third, which spelled the end of their playoff hopes. An extra save here or there probably would’ve meant another win or two, which would’ve made the difference between them and the playoff teams.

    • Christian Roatis

      Flames missed the playoffs a bunch of years with above average Corsi, and then made the playoffs with well below average Corsi.

      The Calgary Flames don’t seem to understand how Corsi is supposed to work. They’re very comfortable sitting in every analysts outlier column, year in and year out.

      • OKG

        Next up: High Schooler Mark Jankowski, Draft Faller Oliver Kylington, and Conn Smythe Winner Kris Russell: defying probability everywhere, like the Oilers winning another draft lottery.

        • supra steve

          Compared to Carolina’s picks (who selected 12th overall vs. Calgary’s 13th):

          1 12 12 CAR
          Ryan Murphy D CAN 5′ 11″ 170 OHL Kitchener
          2 12 42 CAR
          Victor Rask C SWE 6′ 1″ 189 SWEDEN-2 Leksand
          3 12 73 CAR
          Keegan Lowe D USA 6′ 1″ 173 WHL Edmonton
          4 12 103 CAR
          Gregory Hofmann C CHE 6′ 0″ 175 SWISS Ambri
          6 12 163 CAR
          Matt Mahalak G USA 6′ 2″ 182 OHL Plymouth
          7 12 193 CAR
          Brody Sutter C CAN 6′ 4″ 190 WHL Lethbridge

          I’d take Calgary’s picks, with or without Sven.

        • supra steve

          Compared to Edmonton’s picks (first overall):

          1 1 1 EDM
          Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C CAN 6′ 0″ 171 WHL Red Deer
          1 19 19 EDM
          (From LAK) Oscar Klefbom D SWE 6′ 3″ 204 SWEDEN Farjestad
          2 1 31 EDM
          David Musil D CAN 6′ 3″ 196 WHL Vancouver
          3 1 62 EDM
          Samu Perhonen G FIN 6′ 5″ 184 FINLAND-JR. JYP Jr.
          3 13 74 EDM
          (From CGY) Travis Ewanyk L CAN 6′ 1″ 176 WHL Edmonton
          4 1 92 EDM
          Dillon Simpson D CAN 6′ 1″ 192 WCHA North Dakota
          4 23 114 EDM
          (From PIT) Tobias Rieder C DEU 5′ 10″ 180 OHL Kitchener
          5 1 122 EDM
          Martin Gernat D SVK 6′ 5″ 187 SLOVAKIA-JR. Kosice Jr.
          7 1 182 EDM
          Frans Tuohimaa G FIN 6′ 2″ 178 FINLAND-JR. Jokerit Jr.

          Calgary still looks to have had a pretty good day at the 2011 draft.

    • Könniek

      Loved Kipper. When he was good, he covered for big deficiencies in the team but when he was meh, the Flames suffered.

      Kind of shows how important at least league average goaltending is, which may reignite the great Flames goalie debate of 2015/2016.

    • piscera.infada

      The pick acquired in exchange for Sven Baertschi was used on Rasmus Andersson. The 2nd rounder included in the Hamilton trade was the Washington pick.

      • JayCMcG

        Still though, having that extra 2nd round pick meant that we didn’t completely wipe-out our picks for that year.

        Weird to look back and think that drafting Baertschi eventually meant we’d have a player like Dougie Hamilton (I’m still in disbelief that this is the reality).

        Hockey is weird sometimes.

    • RedMan

      When kipper declined, he declined quickly, dropping off a cliff statistically!

      Wonder what happened? it seemed he just didn’t have the desire anymore. he obviously didn’t like being in the public eye, but enjoyed his kids, fishing in obscure fjords, and, if you can believe rumors, Russian vodka and cigars.

      will always remember kipper fondly, especially the early years when every interview included one or both of the following responses; “It was fun” or “It was not fun”.

    • ngthagg

      For what we paid the Tanguay Jokinen and Morrison signings brought value… not quite enough though to counteract the problems this team faced.

      After reading these recent few season recaps the lack of an established back up seems to be a recurring theme. Was it really that hard… it seems like the issue was identified when the team brought in Joseph.

    • The Last Big Bear

      Any draft where every skater you select plays in the NHL, that’s a good draft.

      In fact, it’s still entirely within reason for every Flames pick that year to become a career NHLer.