ForsbergTheGreat Posted October 21, 2015 Share Posted October 21, 2015 Yes it’s early in the season but the panic has already begun in Calgary http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com/2015/10/20/9580311/calgary-flames-vs-washington-capitals-recap-this-is-a-bad-team-and-its-not-a-surprise Fiends, it is not the second period. The Calgary Flames have been outscored in the second period so far in this young season; yes, this is true. But it is not the second period causing the Flames' woes. It's not even the mess that is the entire goaltending situation, or bad goaltending in general. It's not injuries. It isn't even just theWashington Capitals being a better team.The Calgary Flames are, inherently, down to their core, a bad team. This is a team that, just a few years ago, sold off their superstars well past their best before dates and got meagre returns in response. This is a team that, following that time, firmly earned their fourth overall selection in the draft.And this is still the team that made a surprise run to the playoffs just a few months ago, and even won a round. It's the exact same team.The 2014-15 Flames were bad, but lucky. The 2015-16 Flames are just plain bad.This isn't to say they'll be bad forever. There are some good pieces on this roster; there are legitimate hopes for the future present on the Flames. But they are not there yet. And as long as they continue to hold firm to the status quo and refuse to accept that certain key personnel are directly responsible for this being a bad team (yes, I am talking about someone who won a trophy very recently, although no doubt there are some bad players and bad contracts present as well), they will remain a bad team. Less than 12 months ago flames were pegged to be finishing the 2014/15 season with a top 5 draft pick. As the season went on flames surprised the hockey world and went on a comeback streak, making the post season. Flames has multiple players reach career highs (Boma, Hudler, Wideman) and their young gungs seemed to transition easily. The rotation of the two goalies seemed to work out perfectly, when one goalie struggled, the other seemed to pick up the slack. They even had surprise players show up out of nowhere (Jooris). At the end of the season, people had a different opinion of the flames. Fast forward to present day. New expectations had been set, and with the offseason pickups of Frolik and Hamilton flames were believed to be able to do some playoff damage. But the start has been anything but damage, Flames are 1-5 in their first 6 games and have been outscored 23-9. The only team starting the season off worse than the flames was the bluejackets and they just fired their head coach. This is essentially the same roster, so what can be the cause of this. Was last year really just an anomaly similar to the Avalanche in 13/14, did the analytics really even its self out. Last year flames did find themselves as the comeback team stealing points in the 3rd period, did their luck finally run out? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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