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Flames coach Hartley: ‘We need to get some answers here’

Feb 18, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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He may be new in town, but Flames coach Bob Hartley didn’t take long to start singing the same tune as frustrated Calgary hockey fans.

“The fact is — three years with no playoffs, no playoff-round (wins) since 2004,” Hartley said Sunday morning in Dallas, per the Calgary Herald.

“We need to get some answers here. To sit and watch the parade go by . . . like, how long will that go on?”

The Flames managed to beat the Stars last night, but Calgary’s 5-5-3 record has the team three points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

If the Flames aren’t in a postseason position by the April 3 trade deadline, speculation will once again surround captain Jarome Iginla. Teams might also come calling about goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Tonight in Phoenix, recently signed goalie Danny Taylor will get his first career NHL start. The 26-year-old has spent most of the season with AHL Abbotsford, where he’s put up a 13-10-1 record with a sparkling .929 save percentage and 1.82 goals-against average.

“You know what I like about him?” said Hartley of Taylor. “He’s one of those late-bloomers, with the potential of being the next Dwayne Roloson or something like that. I really believe in this.

“And now with our situation in net — with Kipper’s injury — it allows us some flexibility. We want to try some experiments.”

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  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Yes they’re 3 points out but they’ve got 1-3 games in hand with every team above them so it’s a little early to panic. Now onto the players you mentioned, Iginla is struggling so much right now, as long as that continues I’m not sure how much of a market there is for him right now. It’s believed that the Flames will keep Kipper here because they want him to mentor Karri Ramo when he comes back to North America next season, because of that it’s probably one calendar year too early to speculate on him being traded, and it’s also thought that he’ll retire when his contract runs out after next season, not sure if there will be much of a trade return to be had. And that leaves us with Bouwmeester, he’d probably get the biggest return in a trade at this point BUT with the implementation of Hartley’s system this year Bouwmeester is finally starting to show the offensive abilities they envisioned when they signed him, unless they’re going to start an Oilers style rebuild (which they won’t) I don’t see any way they actually trade him.

    Oh and let’s not forget the elephant in the room here, all 3 have no trade clauses so unless they decide they want to be traded it won’t happen.

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