After the Flames disappointing end to the 2009-2010 season there was much talk surrounding the futures of Darryl Sutter and Jarome Iginla. The day after the Flames officially ended their season by missing the playoffs thousands of fans were calling for the resignation (or firing) of Sutter, in addition to a trade involving Flames captian, Jarome Iginla.
After the initial rage died down, most fans’ thoughts turned to other matters – like how long it would take the Canucks to be knocked out of the playoffs again. However, the questions surrounding Iginla and Sutter remained until this week when sources inside the Flames confirmed that both would stay be staying in Calgary. While the Flames probably won’t hold a press conference, or even issue a press release on the matter, the fact that Sutter and Iggy will be here next year gives us something else to focus on. Not only do the Stanley Cup Finals start tonight, but we can also look forward to another summer of surprise trades and signings from Darryl Sutter.
Personally, I think that Darryl Sutter is on his last legs with the Flames, but he should receive some help from one or more assistants next season. This will allow him to focus on the Flames on-ice game (and perhaps some of the off-ice issues that have plagued the team for the last couple seasons). I never supported the idea of trading Iginla, and I still think it would be a monumental mistake to do so. The value that the Flames would receive back in the form of a trade would never equal the loss of a player like Jarome. I believe that Iggy is still one of the top players in the NHL, and he can still be a game breaker when he’s playing well. What he needs is a peer that is capable of challenging him to play better every night, not just in November. Sutter’s main task (in addition to shedding some useless contracts) should be to find a player that not only complements Iggy, but also challenges him to show that he is the best player on the Flames. If he can do that, Sutter will regain the confidence of a lot of the Flames fans’. If not, we’ll have to endure another frustrating season in 2010-2011. Let’s hope its the former