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The Issues Facing The Calgary Flames

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Mike Babcock just finished up. Now on the 18th tee deck? Bill Peters.

It feels unjust to even consider the Calgary Flames coach’s job in jeopardy considering he just got the gig last year, in which he took Calgary from out of the playoffs to first place in the Western Conference, but something has to give right now. The Flames’ freefall got bad enough to reach the players-only-meeting juncture after Thursday’s 5-0 defeat to the St. Louis Blues.

The loss was Calgary’s sixth straight. Any losing streak is worrisome, but the nature of this one has been particularly alarming. They’ve been outscored 23-5. Does mean Peters in in trouble? Not necessarily. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said this week that, while players may be “grumbling” about Peters, there’s absolutely no coaching change imminent, and that GM Brad Treliving may go the trade route to try and dig the Flames out of their hole. Then again, the team has since dropped two more games.

If the problem isn’t Peters, what is? Let’s delve through a few possible explanations for Calgary’s miserable slump.


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