The Calgary Flames should have been in the rebuilding mode at least two seasons ago.
The Flames have not been to the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2008-09 season and haven't won a playoff series since getting to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003-04.
However, Calgary general manager Jay Feaster has long held to the notion that his team is not that far away and if the Flames were able to snag the eighth and last playoff spot in the Western Conference, they would actually be capable of pulling off a run like the Los Angeles Kings did last year when they captured the Stanley Cup.
That has never been a realistic assessment because the Flames don't have anywhere near the talent of the Kings.
Whether Feaster realizes that or not is questionable. However, he can look at the standings and come to the conclusion that it would basically take a miracle for the Flames to make the playoffs.
The Flames have assets to sell and Jarome Iginla is almost certainly the most valuable. The Flames and their fans realize that it's nearly a certainty that Iginla will be traded before the April 3 deadline (source: calgarysun.com).
Here are five reasons why this is the season the Flames trade their long-time star.