I guess the Flames tank job effort is official. every last Calgary fans will quickly become a hypocrite if they haven't already after all the crap they said about the Oilers management tanking. I know a lot of them are already cheering for the flames to lose
I wonder if they feel stupid after all their "Flames are too proud to tank!" bravado. They were absolutely insufferable. Couldn't be happier that they're getting a big-time reality check.
Interesting thread on the mainboard about ease of schedules. Backs up what a lot of people were saying about Calgary. Also contradicts some stuff too.
The Calgary Flames played 15 games against a tired team, with divisional rivals Edmonton comprising three of those games. Half of the season series pitted the tired Oilers against the rested Flames. Six games featured a team that had played the Oilers the previous night and made the journey to nearby Calgary for the second night of back to back games.
The Oilers on the other hand, won only six of 14 games as a rested team, 11 with the Oilers as the home team. Nine of those games featured a team that played the Flames the previous night
Everyone involved with the Flames is to blame. They didn't see the writing on the wall.
Honestly, I think the owners deserve most of the blame. They wouldn't authorize a rebuild years ago when Kipper and Iggy had lots of value, and for this deal they basically told Feaster that Iginla could pick his destination, regardless of the return. Kinda hard to blame Feaster when his hands were tied. He could only get back whatever the Pens were willing to give up because Iginla really only had eyes for Pittsburgh.