In retrospection, or introspection (or really any kind of “-spection”) it seems evident that the Flames were in need of a proper rebuild for years before they were begrudgingly forced into one last spring.
So who’s most to blame for this costly delay?
Was it Darryl Sutter? Nope. How about Jay Feaster? Guess again. Ken King? Getting colder.
Why it’s goaltending legend Miikka Kiprusoff!
The Finnish netminder was so fantastic for so long that he masked a lot of deficiencies for the Calgary Flames, single-handedly winning games the Flames had no business being in. With that superhuman capability in their crease the Flames were always in contention and a rebuild remained out of the question for the Flames’ brass.
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