The Calgary Flames Must Stop Winning NHL Hockey Games

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Perennial franchise star Jarome Iginla was sent into the sunset given a chance to win a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins . Prohibitively expensive journeyman defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was dumped  on the St Louis Blues and Calgary picked up two prospects and a conditional Blues first round pick. How Jay Feaster managed that magic I still don’t know. That day the Flames lost an  embarrassing 8-2 game to their inter-provincial rival, the Edmonton Oilers .  The Oilers were fighting for a playoff spot at the time. They had 39 points and were in eighth place in the Western Conference. The Flames had dropped to 13-18-4 on the season and had the third-worst record in the NHL . The rebuilding team was in the middle of the draft lottery for Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin . These three prospects look to be future NHL stars anyone could build a team around. The rebuild was on schedule. Since that time, the Edmonton Oilers have only won one game. source:

Flames keep Wild treading water in playoff race

“Whoever we put in the lineup, they play with pride,” coach Bob Hartley said. “Yes, some people might say we have zero pressure and the guys are loose, but at the same time they deserve credit.” McDonald has won four of his last five starts, allowing a total of nine goals. The only loss came at home against the Wild last Monday by a 4-3 decision, a game that Minnesota had to hang on to win after the Flames scored twice late in the third period. Hanowski had a goal in that game, his NHL debut. If the 36-year-old Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t come back next season, MacDonald, who was signed off waivers in February after spending the previous two seasons with Detroit, will give Calgary a candidate to consider for the net. He was beaten only by Parise after a slick-passing, extra-effort score by Minnesota’s first line down low. Cundari, who came to the Flames in the trade with St. Louis that sent Boumeester to the Blues, scored on a power play in the first period. Backlund’s goal came in the middle of the game. Cammalleri added another man-advantage goal, and Hudler tacked on an empty-netter for good measure in the final minute. source:–minnesota-wild

Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster has options open heading into off-season

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