Calgary Flames Add Bob Hartley as Coach

More of the Same

Since Darryl Sutter left in his role as coach (where he is most competent) there has been a revolving door of sense in the Flames organization. First it was the promotion of Jim Playfair who didn’t perform up to the expectations fans and management were used to under D. Sutter. Out he went in short order. Then Mike Keenan took the reigns and that had its moments, but ultimate after a year and a bit Keenan was showed the door.

During Keenan’s reign Sutter began his dismantling of the Flames in every way shape and form. Couple that with new musings that the players themselves weren’t keen on listening to the coach and the coach wasn’t keen on coaching the players, and you got the sense the team needed more than a new coach to complete the puzzle.

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Flames Sign Roman Cervenka from KHL to Add Depth at Center

There were few rumors that picked up on this transaction before it happened. Last week the Flames added depth down the middle for relatively little risk. Sure, Flames fans were scoffing at the 3.7 million price tag of an unproven European hockey player, but that contract is incentive laden. I for one know nothing about Cervenka, know he played one good playoff series in the KHL, and looked better when playing with the likes of Jaromir Jagr last season.

Think about this. Name one KHL player who’s come over to the NHL and performed well? I can’t think of one. Radulov and Jagr don’t count because they were NHLers before. But the ball is in Cervenka’s court while the Flames assume little risk. That should bode well for fans questioning the salary. Here’s Eric Francis on the deal.

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Sutter Let Go: Changes Abound as Season Closes

Once Sutter’s contract ends at the end of June the Calgary Flames and coach Sutter will part ways. This paves the way for a new ethos in the organization. Now, this is merely the first step of many to revive the club. Fact remains that there have been a few coaches coming thru, many with similar styles, and none of faired better than Mike Keenan….

More analysis of the upcoming changes to the club to come.

Dave Lowry, it was announced, will also not be back. No word on associate coach Hartsburg.

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Season Closes With Win: Calgary 5 – Anaheim 2

Well the Flames ended the season with two wins, but overall it’s one of the worst in recent memory. Calgary chalked up a measly 90 points good for 10th (or 9th) in the Western Conference.

There were a few bright spots throughout the year, we’ll cover that in a post-season article. For the most part it was biter disappointment that should lead to some of the most turnover in the lineup during the off season in some time.

This afternoon’s tilt was boring for all the normal reasons. Two teams playing for no purpose, afternoon game, everyone looking for a quick exit.

Akim Aliu obviously had different ideas.

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Another Atrocious CBC Game: Calgary 2 – Vancouver 3

Just two thoughts after yet another loss from the Flames.

1. I didn’t think Karlsson was that bad. Despite the horrid commentary on him he was decent. The only issue was, Leland Irving is decent too. I was hoping Karlsson would steal the game and prove his worth, but I’m slowly coming out of his camp.

2. What a disgusting display of play by play and color commentary from CBC. Mark Kelly is garbage, but both he and the color man have a love affair with Vancouver. If you love Luongo so much just marry the dude! It’s times like this I’m happy that the Conservative government wants to pull CBC funding. Just plain pathetic coverage through and through.

Oh yea, Flames suck too.

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Flames Gift Wrapped Win: Calgary 5 – Dallas

Back and forth they went with the Flames finally hanging on for the win with PP goals, weak goals against, and everything in between. 5 games left, 3 points out, chances are slim. Do you still have hope? I’m off the wagon…. Heck, i had free tickets to go to the game and turned them down.

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Nope. Calgary 1 – Dallas 4

Even at their best the Flames can’t compete. They threw everything they had at Dallas and fell short. That should be indicative to management that when everyone is playing at their ‘best’ this team is and 11th place team. Changes? Never. So long as Flames fans continue buying tickets to watch this team and the owners make money, there’s no huge changes coming down the pipe. Next year we may have a new face or two, but largely status quo. Hooray. < -- Sarcasm.

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Garbage. Flames 2 – Minnesota 3 (SO)

Flames should be embarrassed. Stay on the road boys, nobody wants you back here.

Seems Sutter gave up too. We know the top players are dragging their feet (less Kipper, who I blame whole heartedly for no rebuild because of his stellar play). Sutter played the 3-4th lines in the shootouts, wow.

But who cares. This season is done. Go outside and ride your bike. Get away from the lousy Flames and pre yourself for the Stamps. Way to fold the tent even before the season was done.

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Put a Fork in it, they’re done. Calgary 1 – Colorado 2 (OT)

When it matters most the Flames folded the tent. From top to bottom, at crunch time, the tema can’t compete. Blame Miikka Kiprusoff for putting the Flames in the current position. He plays so well that the team looks better than they really are.

Sure, we can blame injuries, and let’s face it, that’s a huge reason why this team can’t compete. But it’s plain and simple, if nobody scores you don’t win. When you don’t beat the worst teams in the NHL you don’t win. Simple hockey.

Flames’ only hope is to run the tables now, and we know that won’t happen. Better luck next year fans…. SHould be a better season IMO. Things look bright.

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Weak Effort in Must Win: Calgary 1 – Columbus 2 (SO)

For some reason this season was one where Calgary COULDN”T beat teams at the bottom of the standings if their lives depended on it. Tonight it did and they put in a weak effort. Losing to Edmonton, one of the worst in the NHL, that hurt. What hurt more was the effort. Completely lacking in the third period. Tonight, against an EVEN WORSE team they put in the same effort, couldn’t score, and lost a MUST WIN game.

I said the Flames can only lose 2 more and make the post season. In reality, it’s over, you can’t beat Edmonton and Columbus back to back?!?!?! Try again next year Shames.

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