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Scouts aplenty watched the Flames lose (again) last night

Mar 12, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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The vultures are circling the Calgary Flames.

And by vultures, we mean potential trade partners.

According to the Calgary Herald, scouts from the Canucks, Rangers, Bruins, Ducks, Predators, Sabres, Avalanche, Penguins and Lightning attended the Flames’ 3-1 loss to the Kings last night at the Staples Center. And while not all of them were necessarily scouting the visitors exclusively, the further Calgary falls out of the playoff picture, the more pressure will build on general manager Jay Feaster to turn his focus past this season.

After last night’s loss, the Flames (9-11-4) remain dead last in the Western Conference, six points behind eighth-place St. Louis.

Captain Jarome Iginla, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff are creating the most trade speculation, but there are others who could be moved depending on the organization’s plans.

For now, Feaster insists those plans don’t include a tear down and rebuild.

Plans can change.

The Flames host Detroit tomorrow.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Dead last*

    Should be sad to see what happens when the team is picked apart and which vulture takes away iginla

    • jpelle82 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      you mean like holmgren and philly?

  2. dolanster - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    You know, I like Feaster, but there comes a time. It’s going to be a long road back to contender-ville (just ask the Oilers), but the Flames might as well start now. Iginla, Cami, Kipper, and Boumeister are among the few assets they have, and Bow is the only guy who might see it into the next era. I admire putting up a strong face, but this team is bad and not getting any better soon. Time to tear it down and start over.

  3. 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Vultures waiting for the feast. How dismal it must be for Feaster to know what’s coming and be completely unable to stop it. All his stars will likely be gone by season’s end, and then he will. And he deserves it.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    This team is done, time to tear it apart and start over (well it was time 2 years ago but I digress) but there’s two big problems with that: 1. All 3 of those players have no trade clauses, if they decide they don’t want to go anywhere, there’s nothing the Flames can do about it. 2. The GM making these deals likely won’t have his job come June, do the Flames trust him enough to get good value for the players they deal?

    The Flames really screwed up by not hiring John Davidson to come in and rebuild, he’s from Calgary, and was interested in the job, but the guy who most deserves to be fired by this team, Ken King, would be in charge of that and likely realized if he brought in JD it would only be a matter of time before he was losing his own job to him. How many fails GM’s and coaches does King get though before the organization realizes he’s doing a poor job?! The Flames need to fire all hockey operations, start with King, then Holditch, then Feaster, then the scouts and Hartley, bring in a new president (a hockey guy) and let him create the organization he wants.

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