If even 2 of Baertschi, Jankow, Gaudreau, Reinhart or Granlund hit their ceilings which is probable, and the Flames have success in signing one high profile FA, then I think the direction we are moving towards is fine and we will remain competitive for quite some time.
I guess it depends on what you consider "competitive" is.
If they remain at their present level of success, I don't consider that acceptable.
And if their plan is simply to "draft better", I believe every team has the same plan, more or less. It's just that som,e of them complment that with trying to improve draft position.
I agree that the Flames ownership group gives us reason for hope.
Best case scenario if iggy wants gone is to sign him to a 2 year contract and trade him to a contender in the next trade deadline . I hope he doesn't sign elsewhere next offseason because then were pretty much screwed