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Now What Calgary?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Now that the postmortem on the season is officially under way in Cowtown, Calgary’s inability to win the close one will also be the most seductive red herring to ponder in the months ahead. In effect, it provides ownership and management with one more opportunity to delude themselves into thinking the club is close to respectability – and with a break here and there, the Flames would be in the postseason, ready to make life difficult for a higher-seeded opponent.

That’s generally how it has gone these past few seasons in Calgary, with a massive disconnect between the handful of organizational decision makers and the rest of the hockey world at large. Internally, the Flames genuinely seem to think that the bones of a successful team are in place. Externally, most people see a middle- to lower-echelon club whose primary stars, right winger Jarome Iginla and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, are one year older and one year further removed from their respective primes.

Iginla turns 35 on July 1. He will also be entering the final year of a five-year, $35-million (all currency U.S.) contract he signed in 2008 and some time this summer he will need to give the organization a clear sense of his plans for the future. The key question: Does Iginla want to stay through the rebuilding process that’s coming eventually? If so, fine. He should be given the right to do so, maybe at a contractual discount. If not, then his change of heart will need to be communicated early because everything else will hinge on getting full value for him in the trade market.

Kiprusoff’s contractual situation is far more complicated, given that he has two years left on a deal that will pay him $5-million in 2012-13, but then drops to $1.5-million in 2013-14.

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Don’t even have to read his whole article. Flames should sell off Iginla and the other older statesmen for draft picks and prospects but keep Kiprusoff. The Flames with a bunch of young players and Kiprusoff they could do at least as well as they are now. They would be better served with more number one and two draft picks than returning with the same old losers. If they stick with basically the same line-up for next year than they will hurt the team in the long term with less prospects. You have to be really bad at managing if you think their current line-up can ever make the playoffs.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 04/02/12 at 12:35 PM ET

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George Johnson of the Calgary Herald with his take…

Take a whiff.

A sickly staleness permeates the air like a gas leak down at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Consider the key forwards: Michael Cammalleri’s on his second tour of duty here. Same for Alex Tanguay. Olli Jokinen, too. Iginla’s been a Flame his entire adult, working life. David Moss has never toiled for another NHL team. Curtis Glencross is finishing his fourth season.

That’s a lot of the same-old same-old, particularly when the same-old hasn’t gotten you anywhere of note.

Significant changes are in order.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/02/12 at 12:43 PM ET

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The problem with Calgary is OBVIOUS.  They are in the top 4 of payroll and can’t even come close to making the playoffs.

There is NOT enough depth or top end talent.  This has been evident all year, and the Flames wasted the expiration of contracts such as Jokinen, Stempniak, Moss, and Sarich.  They will probably lose EVERY one of those players FOR NOTHING.

The other wasted talent on this team is Anton Babchuk.  They also might’ve been able to get something for the bust that is Jay Bouwmeester.

And finally, the Flames farm system has one of the least talent pools in the NHL.

All things considered, maybe the Flames are just grateful that they are ahead of the Leafs and Canadiens.  But the great teams and owners are satisfied with Conference or Stanley Cup Final trips.  Calgary is NOWHERE near that level, and there doesn’t look to be help on the horizon.

BLOW IT UP ALREADY!!!!!!!!

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 04/02/12 at 09:17 PM ET

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