Have the Calgary Flames painted themselves into a corner?
Jettisoning local hockey heroes and starting a team anew without a particularly deep prospect base forced the club into stripping the team down to the bolts and building a foundation from the ground up based on hard work, accountability, and effort.
They hired a head coach that seemed to work better with the threadbare roster, than he did with the veteran club he started with.
They anointed an undrafted, unwanted defenseman as their captain, a guy that lead by example and verbage as the left for dead franchise attempted to start a new chapter, building from the ground up.
The club did as expected and finished near the bottom of the standings, but along the way earned a moniker for out working opponents, leaving everything on the ice, and pleasing a Calgary crowd that had grown weary of overpaid over promised rosters that never delivered.
When the dust settled it was clear to everyone that the team had established a culture, a brand name, that would prove to be the most valuable asset in rebuilding a franchise in a way that could be sustainable for years to come. - Full Article –