It took until Saturday night to become official but the fate of the Calgary Flames was sealed earlier in the week. After another horrendous start to the year, the Flames gave fans hope with a mid season surge but those hopes were squashed with another late season collapse. There are a lot of questions surrounding the Flames organization and there will be some difficult decisions made over the next few months. The Flames have a number of free agents, have a coach who is not signed for next season and most importantly a decision on whether it is time to part ways with Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff. Over the next two weeks I will cover these topics as well as look back on the season that was for the 2011-2012 Calgary Flames.
Some thoughts from the past week.
- The Flames will miss the playoffs for the third straight season. While there are two games remaining on the schedule, the Flames will finish behind the 94 points from one year ago.
2009-2010 40-32-10 90 points (10th place)
2010-2011 41-29-12 94 points (10th place)
2011-2012 35-29-16 86 points (11th place)*
*two games remaining
- The Flames recorded their 16th loser point with an overtime loss on Saturday to the Canucks. Without the loser points the Flames would have a record of 35 wins and 45 losses. Since the shootout was introduced in 2005-2006 the record for most overtime/shootout losses is held by the Tampa Bay Lightning who had 18 in 2008-2009. This year the Florida Panthers have 17 with three games to play.
- Henrik Karlsson made his first start for the Flames since December 4th, 2011 which was also in Vancouver. Karlsson took the loss in that game against the Canucks but was injured in the third period and wasn’t able to finish the game. Not impressed at all with Karlsson. Not sure if it his lack of game experience but he looks lost and disinterested when playing. Will be interesting to see if he gets another start. If I am Jay Feaster, you would hope to see him play two more games to prove if he is worth a roster spot next season.
- If you take away the 5-4 win against Dallas, the Flames have only scored eight goals in their last nine games. The Flames are in the bottom five for goals for in the entire league with 194 goals scored (2.43 goals per game)
- Similar to last season, the Flames have completely fell apart down the stretch. The record for the Flames since a home win over the Coyotes on March 15th is 1-4-4 or six out of a possible 18 points. Last season the Flames went on a 2-5-2 stretch over a three week period in March.
- Courtesy of Brian Costello @bcostellothn the Flames have the third highest payroll over the past three seasons at 183.5 million which only trails the Flyers at 187 million and the Canucks at 186.8 million. Thank you Darryl Sutter!
- The Flames have five upcoming UFA’s (Moss, Stempniak, Jokinen, Hannan and Sarich) and three RFA’s (Comeau, Jones and Backlund) going into the 2012-2013 season.
- The Flames finish the season with home games against the Canucks and Ducks on Thursday and Saturday to finish the season.