Let's be honest: The Calgary Flames Suck
Definition of Struggling: Strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance.
In a nutshell, this defines the Calgary Flames, period.
With six losses in their last eight games, the Flames are quickly falling out of the race for a playoff spot and rapidly increasing their chances of winning the draft lottery.
Now some might say, “Just look at last year and what the Flames managed to do after they fired Darryl. It can happen again.”
So what is it this time that’s going to spark this band of low scoring misfits to do a complete 180 and get the ship pointed in the right direction?
Is it time for Brent Sutter to meet his maker?
After two-and-a-half years being at the helm of the Flames bench, Sutter has managed ZERO playoff appearances, and, besides last years post Christmas win streak, he has produced little to no hope within the fan base that his SYSTEM is actually going to catch on and work.
His recent candid press conference speaks to the fact that he may be running out of answers, and that maybe the players have simply started tuning him out.
But is that really going to solve the issue?
The truth of the matter is, the Flames are re-building, and it could be while before things in Flame land return to greatness…or even goodness.
The perennial "Trade Iggy" or "Trade Kipper" debates will pop up undoubtedly. With the growing string of losses, it might not be so far off before one of the cornerstones of this team is shipped elsewhere for what's hoped to be building blocks for a better future.
The team has scored all of four goals in the first three games of their current four game road trip. They are only two points clear of last place Columbus — a team that they lost to on Monday.
Their powerplay is horrifying, especially at home where they are dead last and have only scored twice in 42 attempts. What’s interesting is that they rank third in the league on the road in the same category.
Explain that to me please.
Are they nervous playing in front of their OWN fans? Are their moustaches weighing them down? It’s become a city joke that a Flames power play is a good way to kill two minutes off the clock — and nothing else.
They rank 27th in league scoring, averaging 2.21 goals per game.
It’s frustrating, but I'll say predictable given the skill level iced every night.
The Flames are not that good. They have an all-star goaltender, and a hall of fame power forward, who currently is in a serious funk.
A few other bright spots, including Giordano, Horak, the recent play of Brodie, and throw in occasional spurts from Tanguay, Jokinen, and Glencross, but for the most part watching this team play hockey is equivalent to nails on a chalkboard.
It’s the same game over and over again. Flames get a lot of chances. Get stoned by the opposing goaltender (usually one that seems to play over his head). Get scored on. Try to comeback. Fall just short and complain about not playing a full 60-minute game and say they have to be better.
We’ve heard it too many times to count.
It’s not fun being a fan of this team. It sucks.
This, however, has not swayed my allegiance.
Until the day I die, I will bleed Flames red.
I just don't want to bleed to death...