Well he can't be so delusional as to think we can have playoff success with this kind of center corps. Mgmt obviously wants to make the playoffs this season. He must have a plan.
See, I thought that last year as well.
Going into the 011/12 season, the team had two glaring problems; inability to win a faceoff and a team built in a way that didn't work with the coach they had. Both were incredibly costly; Sutter employed a puck possession style on a team that couldn't win a faceoff. That meant the team would waste a considerable amount of time just trying to get the puck and only after accomplishing that, could they start playing the system. Very inefficient overall.
The obvious solutions? Trade/sign for a faceoff specialist or top six centre and fire the coach and find one that was a better fit.
What did the Flames do? Nothing.
Instead of trading for Steckel, one of the best face off guys in the league who the Leafs acquired for 4th, the Flames threw away a 5th for LeBlond. Instead of playing the only faceoff capable centremen on the roster, the coach buried him on the 4th.
If Feaster and co. did have a plan, it wasn't a very good one.
After perusing this site's competitor(especially in regards to Calgary) I have to say the support is more than overwhelmingly positive. Makes me think that it's another flop. If you guys ever read over there, it's a blessing from God every time we get a 20 goal scorer. Buyer beware.. or something to that effect..
Keep in mind, the price for Ott around the deadline was insane. He is a different type of creature, an asset to any team.
Ott might have good value, but Pardy was nothing short of a pure salary dump. He's making 2M for next season.
It's possible Regier just really wanted Ott and we know he was willing to sell Roy short because of his comments against Ruff at the end of the season. But still, just like the Ribeiro trade, it's a really big missed opportunity.