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Do The Flames Have A Plan?

from Damien Cox of Ths Spin at the Toronto Star,

It's really amazing how dumb the Calgary Flames have become.

A lack of strategic thinking has the Flames in a terrible spot with a disappointing record, still trying to deny all the strong evidence that they need to take a giant step back and rebuild, hanging on to veteran players beyond their due date in some faint hope that the club can scrape into the post-season and make magic happen.

It was evident last season in the way they hung on to Jarome Iginla, and with the deal done to give up a second round pick and a prospect in the deal to bring forward Mike Cammalleri, then 29 years old, back to Alberta. It was further evident in the free agent signings of Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman last summer to inflated salaries.

What are these guys thinking? Its like the Leafs of the final days of Mats Sundin being played out all over again in western Canada.


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i hate how the media is trying to pressure calgary to trade Iginla.  Why is it so wrong to allow a guy like that to retire as a flame… for a team he has played for his whole career?

The media has to let this storyline go.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/01/13 at 10:31 AM ET


I think the trade iginla thing is one part of the larger issue, though.  That being, the Flames front offices have been historically really, really, really dumb.  There is some stiff competition out there, but Calgary is likely in the top 5 of least-intelligent front office staffs in the NHL right now.

It actually deserves a little recognition.

The draft:  Calgary literally hasn’t drafted a relevant NHLer since they got Phaneuf in 2003.  From 1985 on, Calgary has drafted the following better-than-mediocre players in Round 1:  Stillman, Morris, Phaneuf.  That’s it.  That’s the list.  25 years of #1’s and those are the guys who weren’t outright busts.  If ever you want to see desolation, go check out Calgary’s draft history on hockeydb.  Holy hell.

On the ice:  They won a Cup in 1989.  They lost in the Finals in 2004.  Other than those two seasons Calgary has either missed the playoffs entirely (11 times) or gone out in the first round (10 times) in every single season since 1989.  That’s right.  21 of 23 years the Flames have either not been in the playoffs or been gone after the first week.  So if, for instance, someone has bet on the Flames to do no better than lose in the first round every year via a prop bet, they’ve won that bet a little over 91% of the time for almost the last quarter century.  Just sayin’.

So yeah, I think it can be a little unfair to rip the Flames for refusing to trade Iginla.  As a general rule, however, it’s completely fair to rip the Flames for pretty much any personnel move they ever make because it is almost always going to be the wrong one.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/01/13 at 10:53 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

I always get the impression that Flames ownership and management never realized 2004 was a fluke and they kept thinking they could build off that no matter how far away in time it gets.  They keep thinking that as long as they have Kipper and Iginla, they need to keep going for it.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 03/01/13 at 11:02 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

The GM ultimately answers to the owner/s & if they are ok with barely making the playoffs & being a sacrificial lamb for the top seed he either does what he/they want or they bring in someone who will do that

Posted by Evilpens on 03/01/13 at 11:39 AM ET

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