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Now that the Calgary Flames have an experienced head coach with Stanley Cup experience in Bob Hartley, making the playoffs next season is a very realistic possibility.
Hartley won the 2001 Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche and even led the Atlanta Thrashers to their first Southeast Division title in 2007.
However, it could be difficult for Hartley to lead the Flames back to the playoffs when he has a roster of players who are either overpaid, overrated or past their prime.
Unless Jay Bouwmeester, Jiri Hudler, Dennis Wideman and aging captain Jarome Iginla live up to their large salaries, this team will once again miss the playoffs and face another offseason in which the debate to rebuild or not will come up again.
The Flames should "fire" several of the players on their team by trading them away before next year's trade deadline. But if that was the plan of the franchise, Hartley probably would not have taken the job. Nevertheless, it's going to be a very interesting season in Calgary.