Today In Calgary: The Sky Is Falling
Remember literally two weeks ago when like 76 per cent of Flames fans thought it was a lock they’d make the playoffs?
And last spring when they wanted to carve statues of everybody on their team?
Now fast-forward to this week:
Fire Hartley clap clap clapclapclap @Burkie2020
— Clay (@clayTRON8000) October 21, 2015
Flames look pretty bad.Gonna be awesome when they fire Hartley and hire Carlyle.
— Robert Cleave (@rmcleave) October 21, 2015
@DamoSpin Flames should fire Hartley. His systems are garbage. Undeserving Jack Adams buys job security though.
— Guu (@Account4hockey) October 21, 2015
— Justin Nagy (@NinjaNags) October 21, 2015
— #FireHartley (@Graham_CGY) October 21, 2015
— ise (@isekaroutt) October 21, 2015
@Fan960Wills BT should fire Hartley
— Clifford Dutka (@GWKrovikan) October 21, 2015
Things are bad in Calgary. Well, they’re actually normal. This was supposed to be last season, but the team overachieved harder than the 2007 Cleveland Browns. As a result, 76 per cent of delusional Flames fans expected them to make the playoffs for a second straight year. Anyways let’s quickly recall how Flames fans and their Terrell Owens level of cockiness were acting at the start of the year:
Elite player Sam Bennett floating on two career regular season points, dating back to last year.
Let’s remember this is just six games into the season, but Calgary seems to already not have a clue which direction this organization is heading. On one radio show, they’re talking about tanking:
@JasonGregor Fan960 just mentioned trading guys and settling for a top 5 pick this year. A month ago they were conference finals hopefuls.
— Jordan Vincent (@vinny_chase19) October 22, 2015
Then Mark Spector fired up the erroneous rumour train by saying he believes the Flames are zeroing in on a trade for Steven Stamkos:
No small trade is going to fix his Flames, who are entirely broken right now, and word is out that Treliving is willing to talk about a very big deal if he can find one. We even heard that his conversation with Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman was all about the Lightning’s obvious issues with signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos.
The Flames would be willing to deal a top young player, perhaps Sam Bennett, to acquire Stamkos at this point. That’s risky but wise, in our opinion. But there’s one problem: This early in the proceedings (a full five months prior to the NHL trading deadline) the conversation from Tampa’s end would start with centre Sean Monahan, who we believe to be the most untradeable Flame.
Some Flames fans got wetter than the front row at 50 Shades of Grey. Others had their head on straight and realized this is preposterous. But other fans weren’t as excited:
It may only be six games into the season, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t enjoyed every second of this franchise’s backed up outhouse of a start to the year. Haven’t heard much from my friends on the Flames fan boards this year. Weird.
Meanwhile, in the City of Concrete: