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In their attempt to sign Colorado Avalanche star Ryan O'Reilly via an offer sheet last week, the Calgary Flames almost made one of the most embarrassing mistakes in the history of the NHL, as Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca explains:
In a bizarre twist to an already unusual story, Sportsnet.ca has discovered that the Flames were not only in danger of losing 2013 first- and third-round draft picks as compensation if the Avs hadn’t matched the O’Reilly contract, but they also would likely have had to surrender the player before ever getting him in uniform.
That’s because O’Reilly would have needed to clear waivers before joining the team’s roster.
This is the kind of error that costs people jobs, and it might end up resulting in Feaster being fired at the end of the season if the Flames' playoff drought extends to four seasons.
On the ice, the Flames were 1-2 last week, including an awful 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche after Calgary took a 3-0 lead into the second period. Only the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets have a worse goal differential than the Flames among Western Conference teams.
Six of the Flames' next eight games are against teams currently in a playoff spot, and the other two games are against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings, who are playing great hockey right now.
It might not be long before Calgary decides to become a seller before the trade deadline and tries to acquire draft picks and/or young prospects for the future in exchange for veterans such as Jarome Iginla.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs.