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Offseason Report: Calgary Flames

Jul 30, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

Jay Feaster AP

From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

37-29-16, 90 points. Second in Northwest Division, ninth in the Western Conference.

Additions

Dennis Wideman, Jiri Hudler

Departures

Olli Jokinen, David Moss

2012 Draft

First round, 21st overall — C Mark Jankowski (Stanstead College)

Looking back

Jay Feaster promised changes after his team missed the playoffs for the third straight time, and the general manager stuck to his word. He acquired and signed Wideman to a big contract before July 1, then plucked Hudler out of Detroit in free agency. Meanwhile, Jokinen was allowed to leave for Winnipeg.

Oh, and there’s a new coach by the name of Bob Hartley.

But for Flames fans who’ve been calling for a rebuild, the changes weren’t really changes at all – they were the continuation of Feaster’s commitment to a team led by aging stars Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff.

“We’re not tearing it down,” said Feaster after making the Wideman deal.

Looking forward

The GM may not be willing to trade Iginla or Kiprusoff, but defenseman Jay Bouwmeester could be another story.

With a $6.68 million cap hit, Bouwmeester is overpaid given his meager offensive production (5 goals, 24 assists in 2011-12).

That said, only two d-men – Brian Campbell and Dan Girardi – logged more ice time than the 28-year-old last season.

Bouwmeester has two years left on his contract.

Teams like Detroit and Philadelphia could be interested.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of Calgary’s 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Flames outlook? Having a dream of the 8th seed with the usual 2-3 months of Iggy trade speculation, deadline passes, Iggy doesn’t get traded and the Flames are out of the race with a month to go.

    Rinse and Repeat

  2. polegojim - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    And THERE you have it –

    Three year playoff drought… but Feaster refuses to rebuild… and actually slides backwards.

    What’s the definition of Insanity? Doing what you’ve always done and expecting a different outcome!!!

    Yep – Feaster nailed it.

  3. swizzler16 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    pretty good chance Iginla will be a Penguin before long. they have the cap space, plus him and Crosby had good chemistry at the olympics

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      “Pretty good chance”
      based on what?

      Pretty good chance the Flames don’t trade Iggy again as usual more like it.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        He has a no trade clause and has stated he won’t waive it, what do you want them to do?

        As far as “a pretty good chance he ends up in Pittsburgh” based on what? Playing with Crosby for the few games a year he’s healthy isn’t nearly the draw Pens fans think it is, just look at free agency.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        He has stated he has never asked for a trade. And that he has never been asked to waive his NTC. Iggy has never has he said he won’t waive it like you say. He has also stated he does not know if he wants to be part of a rebuild.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        He’s actually been pretty upfront that he wanted to stay in Calgary in the past, and there’s been an awful lot of smoke around the “Iginla close to be traded to…” rumors that spring up in Calgary the past couple of years for the question not to have been at least broached to his agent. But not having first hand knowledge of that and knowing what the Flames and this community think of Iginla I’ll agree with you.

        But having said all that I think this year will be different, with Iggy set to be a UFA on July 1 and being that he turns 36 that day and his chances of winning a cup are dwindling, I truly believe that if the Flames are out of it at the deadline they will try to work out a trade with a willing Cup contender with the hopes of him getting his cup the way the Bruins did with Ray Bourque. I think Flames fans will understand this, his legacy here will still be golden and he’ll be sent out with the knowledge that the first home game after he retires they’ll raise #12 to the rafters of the dome.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        All I know is that Iggy has always said he’s happy to be there, and that he has never even been asked to waive his NTC. I’m just saying he has never said he wouldn’t. Last year was the 1st time I think anyone ever heard him somewhat suggest that things could change when asked about a potential rebuild in Calgary.

        I don’t blame the Flames for honouring his wishes and being in favour of having Iggy retire a Flame, but it hurts the rebuilding something awful.

        A Flames team that gave up Iggy and Mikka a season or two ago could be sitting on Landeskog & Seguin foundation today.

    • paledevil - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      best damn video posted! Eager is cut from the Torres cloth just not as vicious …. yet …..

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      honestly, the pens have a much better chance of getting JayBo… would they be desperate enough to make that move? Nope

  4. swizzler16 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    woops

  5. cosmoandmelovepens - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    We’d have to get rid of like Neal and some picks, so i don’t think it’s worth it.

  6. mclovinhockey - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    He has a huge cap hit and gets paid 6.6 the remaining years so it’s not even a player a team who doesn’t have much money but needs a large cap hit should go for.

    If jay Bo gets traded it would be for a team desperate for a D and I really don’t see it being for much at all.

    • tfaltin - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Is that Paul Holmgren stepping to the plate?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        Beat me to it

  7. ron05342 - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Jay Feaster is a moron.

    The goal is to win the Stanley Cup. Calgary will never win it by insisting on being mediocre every year. The only way to do it in this cap and parity era is to start all over and build up gradually until you have a true contender.

    By refusing to “tear it down” he ensures that Calgary will be a 9th to 10th place finisher every season…and when the owner finally gets a clue, fire this idiot’s azz and get a real GM in there you will have to do just that…thereby wasting years in the first place.

    Truly an imbecile and an incompetent.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I’m not a Jay Feaster fan and I firmly believe that the two idiots above him, Mike Holditch and Ken King deserve to be fired. The “owner” is actually a group of very wealthy oil tycoons (Murray Edwards is the richest and the “face” of ownership currently) and they see the 19,289 in the stands every game since April 2004 plus a waiting list for season tickets and they don’t see anything wrong, yes they’d like playoff games but they like what they have now with the perennial 9th/10th place team and don’t want to risk things by becoming Oilers bad. It’s frustrating as a Flames fan but unfortunately it’s reality.

      But I have to disagree with your assertion that the scorched earth rebuild is the only way to get a winner, the Kings haven’t done that and they won the cup. Boston didnt do that and they won the cup, Vancouver hasn’t done that (unless you count all the way back to 1999) and they’ve been good for years. Detroit, same thing. Meanwhile Edmonton, Columbus, Islanders, Maple Leafs have been bad for years and collectively have nothing to show for all of their high draft picks.

      The key to winning in this day and age is the same as its always been IMO, draft well and then develop those players, create a great minor league program so you can constantly restock the team when needed because of players leaving or trades. This is an area Calgary has been awful in for a decade + and based on the three amigos at the top it doesn’t seem likely to change.

  8. FlikeMorio - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Jay Feaster, eh? That appears to be a very fitting last name.

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