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Desperation mode: Flames ‘have to win’

Mar 11, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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Dead last in the Western Conference and coming off consecutive losses by a combined score of 10-2, the Calgary Flames could really, really use a victory tonight in Los Angeles.

“We have to win,” Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said after Saturday’s 6-2 loss at the Staples Center, per the Calgary Herald.

“Time is running out quick here.”

Giordano’s right about that. One game shy of the halfway mark of its 48-game schedule, Calgary finds itself six points back of eighth place in the Western Conference.

And while Jarome Iginla trade rumors fly around like never before (which says a lot, because they’ve buzzed pretty loudly before), general manager Jay Feaster keeps insisting the organization won’t tear down and rebuild.

Feaster’s aggressive (and arguably reckless) pursuit of Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly was consistent with the club’s goal of improving on the fly.

With just 25 games remaining, however, Calgary will need a remarkable finish to snap its three-season playoffs drought. Even if the Flames were a good team — and the evidence suggests they are not — it would be a tough challenge.

“We have to win,” said head coach Bob Hartley. “That’s the urgency we’re facing right now. There’s no denying about this. We’re not far from eighth spot, but at the same time, there’s so many teams stuck in that log-jam.

“We have to put a winning streak on.”

  1. withseidelinn - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Jay Feaster is legitimately insane. Trying the same thing over and over with the same outcome every year. Time to change things up pal.

    • purpleguy - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      I’m not sure stupidity equals insanity, but who am I to quibble.

  2. kingsforever - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    ^ what he said. feaster is insane

  3. 19to77 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    With Burke, Gauthier and Howson all having finally reaped the rewards of being terrible at their jobs, Feaster’s the reigning worst GM in the League. Not for long, though. Three straight years and shooting for a fourth… he’s gone at season’s end if they don’t go on a wild hot streak into the postseason. And they won’t.

  4. capsfan19 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I thought the caps were bad at addressing changes to their team, but sheesh! Flanes havent even made the playoffs in a couple years! Even toronto has made some big changes!

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