BCExpat wrote:No doubt, changes are coming. Right now, there isn't anyone in the organization that is "untouchable", including coaching and management.
I don't know what's going on in the Flames locker room and what Sutter's relationship with his players is like, but I wouldn't fire him unless the team wants to play a completely different style of game.
The Flames problems remain the same. They have a very mediocre defense and a glut of borderline 2nd liners and 3rd liners. Other than Iginla they don't have a star forward.
I don't know what the expectations were in Calgary, but they didn't look like a playoff team going into the season.
They really have no hope if they try to play an offensive style of game, and right now it looks like it's going to be quite a while before they have the talent to do so.
Fortunately, they'll have some cap space after this season, but they need to start developing some prospects. They're not a trade or free agent signing away from being a good team. I think Feaster realizes that and that's why the Regher trade was made. But he better have not lost sight of that, because a desperate trade or another bad contract will only cause more pain for a team that needs a complete overhaul.
Also, I think the Flames strong surge in the second half of last year did the team a disservice long-term. It gave fans and the players an illusion that they could be a playoff team and it kept Feaster from selling some assets at inflated prices at the deadline and starting a the re-tooling much earlier.