The Calgary Flames are one of the most tragically, horrifically mismanaged franchises in the NHL. And that pains me deeply, because I think the Flames have one of the most outstanding and loud fanbases in the league.
And I am partial to the sick red lights they use in their pregames. What can I say, I am a sucker for fireworks and loud noises.
Exhibit A is what I refer to as the "Pair of Jays Problem." Catchy, I know.
Jay Feaster is flat out incompetent. He inherited the few bright spots in Calgary (If he had swung the deal for Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla then maybe I'd be a bit easier on him, but he didn't) and has stood pat with a team that has just barely missed the playoffs the last few years.
It may be news to Feaster, but the West isn't getting any easier. Don't get me wrong, I like Sven Baertschi and even Roman Cervenka. But are they going to be clicking and ready to go before Miikka Kiprusoff has stopped his last puck?
Hard to say for sure, but even if Baertschi starts piling up the points, does that put the Flames over the edge?
The other Jay I am referring to is Jay "overpaid" Bouwmeester. It isn't his fault that he has the contract that he does, but it is representative of a team that seems content to mildly overspend on almost every regular on their roster.
They may be forced into a rebuild (a curse word around Feaster, who apparently only employs yes-men) by their salary and the lowering of the salary cap next season.
The turmoil up top shows its ugly repercussions down on the ice every season, with a team that feels plastered together on a prayer. The Flames have a few guys who can get going occasionally, but they seem as out of sorts as players. It could be a lack of depth talent, or it could just be the vibe the team has.
I'd say it's just a tad-bit of both.