The Calgary Flames have been mathematically eliminated from post-season contention and there may be some big changes coming to the team.
A 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks, coupled with a Colorado Avalanche win over the Vancouver Canucks, means the Flames won’t take part in the playoffs for the first time since the 2002-2003 season.
In 20 seasons since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989, Calgary has missed the playoffs eight previous times and lost out in the first round of the playoffs ten times.
Rumours are already swirling about what could be done to turn the team around for next season.
“Most of the fingers are being pointed at Jarome Iginla on the ice. Off the ice it’s G.M. Darryl Sutter. I would suggest for the very first time both of their futures are up in the air,” Sun Sports Columnist and Jack FM Morning Host Eric Francis tells 660News.
He says Iginla has failed to show much leadership this year and has been showing a frustrated attitude with the organization.
There’s also no shortage of reasons why Sutter’s name is being tossed around.
“Olli Jokinen, Matt Lombardi, no draft picks, missing the playoffs, having Ales Kotalik for the next 2 years, who is a horrible hockey player,” says Francis. “It’s justifiable to question whether or not he should remain as general manager.”
A post-mortem will be conducted by Flames President Ken King and we should expect to see the results of his in-depth look at the team in a few weeks.
The Flames have had a terrible year with offence. Calgary is the second-lowest scoring team in the NHL, ahead of only the Boston Bruins.
Francis wouldn’t be surprised if there is a major on-ice overhaul during the off season.