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It’s Calgary Flames day on PHT

Jul 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Jarome Iginla AP

Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we move on to the Calgary Flames.

For the third season in a row, the Flames missed the postseason despite spending big bucks.

This summer brought many changes, even if the organizational game plan remains on “shuffle” instead of embracing a rebuild.

GM Jay Feaster made some risky moves by acquiring Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman while allowing surprisingly effective forward Olli Jokinen walk.

Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff remain the franchise’s go-to guys, even with “Iggy” in the last year of his contract. Maybe the Flames’ collective window isn’t closing, but his seems to be.

Wideman’s arrival makes Jay Bouwmeester‘s life a little stranger, whether he remains or not.

On the coaching front, Bob Hartley gets another crack at the NHL while Brent Sutter rides off into the unsmiling sunset.

Can all these changes catapult Calgary back to the playoffs or are the Flames in denial? PHT will examine the team’s biggest questions today.

  1. polegojim - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Another team who made themselves weaker and thinks they’ll get a better result.

    Hope IS the strategy in Calgary, because sound decision making obviously is NOT.

    Sadly – Hartley is getting a weaker team and will be expected to get MORE out of them.

  2. babar61 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Hudler and Wideman…..championship!!

  3. zaksyuk - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Depends on what they get for jbo if they trade him. but as of now, NOPE

  4. rushledger - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    This team is going to provide a nice and easy “I told you so” collapse the teams that made the playoffs out west mainly got better or stayed the same minus Detroit and Nashville.
    The teams that didnt make it last year like Dallas Minnesota got better I see Calgary and what try did as putting some band aids over a much more serious problem.

  5. johnwwt1976 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Iggy is selfish, get rid of him already, no playoffs in the last 3 years and he still remains a Flame, time to go a different route!!! How can people in Calgary still think of him as a god? He’s got his team out of the first round once in his career!! Can you say overrated!!!!!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Well the Flames have been out of the first round just once since the Stanley Cup season of 1988-89 (on an Iginla led team) so there are lots of people you could be pointing at, frankly that team in the early 90’s was way more loaded in relation to their competition than any that Iginla has been a part of, so wouldn’t that make Gilmour, Neiuwendyk, MacInnis, Suter and Vernon more overrated than Iginla…based on your brutal rationale?

  6. mickboogy - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Cowtown be prepared for another miserable year of sub mediocrity. Trade iggy and give kipper to Toronto for a fifth rounder and draft nathon mackinnon.

  7. bucrightoff - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Living in Calgary I can tell you there is literally no hope right now amongst the fans. Most people here expect another 9th-13th finish, but sadly I think the Kings winning the Cup last year was the worst thing for this team. Ownership has likely convinced itself all it must do is qualify and then anything can happen.

  8. johnwwt1976 - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    At least they made the playoffs, Iggy can’t even get them there and he has one of the best goalies in world riding shot gun with him. Talk about bad leadership, why is he not giving the C up to someone else or management ripping it off his chest!!!!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Sorry but I’m guessing management, coaches and teammates have a better idea of what kind of leader Iginla is than you do. The fact is a jockey can only do so much riding a Clydesdale and the Flames just haven’t been talented enough to make the playoffs regardless of who the leader is. Look at Mark Messier widely considered one of the best leaders in the NHL in the 80’s and 90’s how’d the Caucks do with him as captain when he was there? There’s just so much a leader can do. Do you actually think this team would be contending for cups with someone else as captain? On the list of issues this team has, Iginla’s leadership would be well down the list.

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