This afternoon, Eric Duhatschek, of The Globe and Mail, wrote an interesting article called Was Fleury the answer? The big question he had for us hockey fans was: would Theo Fleury have made the difference for the Flames this season?
After a season of sub-par play, a complete absence of inspiration, and a season that ended with the Flames missing the playoffs for the first time in 6 years (5 seasons), I’ve pondered the same question myself. In the pre-season, Fleury did show us that he still has some great hands, but I’m not convinced that he would have made a difference on the ice. At the age of 42, I doubt that he would have had the endurance to go the disatance after an 82-game season.
Where I do think Fleury could have made a difference is in the dressing room. It’s no secret that the Flames had a dysfunctional dressing room this season, and his feistiness and veteran presence could have made a difference for the team. Getting rid of Phaneuf and bringing in 6 new players late in the season didn’t help the Flames as much as Darryl Sutter would have liked, and perhaps he wouldn’t have had to if he had put Theo on Dion, and seen who had the greater ability to piss off the other.
So feel free to post a comment on Duhatschek’s article, and/or leave your comment below to let me know what you think.