Flames Looking at Rebuilding After Horrible Start To Season

Published November 1, 2023 at 10:09

Challenging Times in Calgary


The Flames haven't been very good since the season started. Despite significant changes over the summer, including a new manager and head coach, there hasn't been the anticipated turnaround.

Nine games in, and the Flames hold a disappointing 2-6-1 record. With key players like Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm nearing the end of their contracts, is it an opportune moment for Craig Conroy to rethink the team's core?

Flames Management Looking at Rebuilding Options


Sportsnet's Eric Francis, who closely follows the Flames, believes the focus might not be on a total rebuild but rather a strategic "re-tooling."

Here's what he said:

"Twenty games in, this season could be a complete write-off.

Thus, a pause on contract talks.

No sense in continuing to lock up a core that hasn't been able to get it done.

Something has got to give, and if the next stretch is anywhere close to how bad they've been recently, the wheels will be set in motion for an overhaul.

That means sending Lindholm and Hanifin elsewhere for young players and draft picks, trading Dan Vladar to make room for Dustin Wolf and making tough decisions on the fate of pending UFAs Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov.

Friedman was bang-on (as usual) last week when he reported Hanifin and the team were getting close on a long-term extension.

However, what's transpired since then has thrown management into an understandable holding pattern.

A significant pivot seems inevitable, and much sooner than anyone could have predicted.

Not a tear-it-down rebuild as most are clamoring for, but a significant re-tooling that would almost certainly involve trading the aforementioned Flames pillars."

If the Flames end up making a partial rebuild, trading Lindholm and Hanifin at the deadline would make sense. They could bring caluable draft picks to the organization and future assets to build on.

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