This isn’t the start to the season anyone expected.
Even if you assumed the Flames would get off to a rocky start for whatever reason, no one would have guessed it would be the Flames’ established stars and young core players that would fail the team so completely.
Calgary’s big guns faceplanting out of the gate adds an element of doubt and anxiety that would otherwise be absent from the conversation, even with a similar record through 14 games. A team can struggle to win for many reasons, but seeing the best players on the Flames’ roster struggle throws the entire organization into question.
Add in league-worst special teams and you have a near inescapable conclusion: coaching might be a problem here.
Glen Gulutzan and crew are only two months into their Calgary Flames tenure, so it’s very early and there’s a lot of time left to turn this thing around.
However, the question has to be asked: how long can Brad Treliving allow the team to falter in this manner? He built his roster around a core of players who are suddenly all detriments. If this continues for any real length of time, he’ll have to choose his roster or his new coach.
So how long would you give Glen Gulutzan to turn things around, folks? What is the drop dead date for him to get Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano going again? Is it 30 games? Forty? The full season?
Draw your line in the sand in the comments.