Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/03/11 at 05:06 PM ET
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
There’s no other way to say it: Feaster has to, at the very least, trade the 34-year-old Iginla and explore offers for the 35-year-old Kiprusoff. Moving both players would fetch a wealth of prospects and/or draft picks and signal the beginning of a new era in Calgary. And no matter how painful the years immediately following a fire sale would be, I’d bet fans would show more understanding for it than they’ve shown with the piecemeal group they’re watching at present.
Five of Calgary’s next six games are on the road – and their opponents in those five games (Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago and the Avalanche twice) are anything but pushovers. By the time the trip is over, it is entirely plausible the Flames will be in just as big of a hole as they were last year before Feaster took over.
But there can be no cosmetic changes or off-ice moves held up as the answer this time around, no waiting like a distressed damsel for the cavalry to arrive and save the day. The day, like this edition of the Flames, is essentially unsalvageable. And the hockey chiropractors charged with straightening out the organization’s spine need to accept the time has come to cut the cord.
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