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Shakeup In Calgary

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails,

When are Jay Feaster and Calgary ownership going to admit to themselves and, most importantly, to their fans that the team needs a major overhaul? Yes, this team can compete, but not for anything more than the eighth seed. Feaster needs to trade [Jarome] Iginla and Kipper [Miikka Kiprusoff] this summer to get some building blocks for the future. They have no real assets coming through the ranks to help this team. If it wasn’t for Kipper year after year, Calgary would be a perennial lottery team. When is the rebuild going to begin?

My take: I agree with you that it’s long overdue for this team to re-tool, if not totally rebuild. Based on my conversations with Feaster this season, he was giving this group one last shot and, if they failed to deliver, changes were coming. The Flames have nine expiring player contracts (six UFAs, three RFAs) so that will help Feaster in making changes. But the real discussion has to be with captain Jarome Iginla, who has one more year on his deal at $7 million for next season. Does he really want to stick around for a re-tool? There’s something to be said for playing your entire career in one town. But there’s also something to be said for having a chance to win your first championship before you retire. If I’m Flames ownership, I have Feaster have a heart-to-heart with Iginla after the season and see where he’s at.

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Heaton's avatar

Iginla, Sundin, Doan - These guys would(‘ve) be smart (to a lesser extent in Doan, I guess) to go elsewhere to try to find success.  Calgary has been a lost cause since their Cinderella run over a half decade ago. 

Feaster and Iginla should do the smart thing and move the player to help the team.  What does Iginla have to gain by staying in Calgary?  His number will be retired and unless he really doesn’t care about winning there’s no reason to stay.

Posted by Heaton on 03/27/12 at 02:33 PM ET

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