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I think the perfect storm for angry Flames fans is when the Oilers win and are two points back of catching the Flames (with a game in hand) and the Flames get blown out by the Vancouver Canucks on the same night. That is simply like pouring salt and lemon juice on our open heart surgery.

There are fans clamoring for heads to roll however which heads and in what order is hotly debated.

Should it be Darryl? He is the one who built this team, hired the coach and is ultimately responsible. He is the one who will tell you, "ok isn't ok". If ok isn't ok then... what is horrible? If Darryl Sutter had 9 lives with fans he is on 8 or 9 with most. The Kipper trade now having lost it's luster due to time. The signing of a good core to under market value now forgotten because of their poor performance. Darryl is simply expendable. "In Sutter we trust" has now been replaced with, "make sure Feaster doesn't let him dial a phone alone". Confidence has been demolished and poor move after poor move have weighed heavily on fans. It simply isn't reasonable to ask us to be excited about watching Matt Stajan for four more years and also ask us to pay through the teeth for the privilege.

Is it Brent Sutter? A team was handed to this coach that boasts at least 4-5 20-30 goal scorers and a ton of depth on defense as well as a world class goalie. Despite those tools this team has boasted one of the worst power plays in the league and gets out efforted almost every night. Almost nightly it appears the team is unprepared mentally and has lost a winning attitude. Having said all of that previous coaches have tried and failed with this core group as well. He has continued to publically blame his core players and maybe he is right.

Is it the core players? Players Like Iginla and Kipper come along almost never for franchises yet some call for their trades. Regehr once looked at as premier defenseman is now looked at as just "steady". Iginla has gone from, "Mister November" to "Missing in November". There is some good things to look at like Kipper being outstanding again and Bouwmeester has picked his game up some what. There is a feeling that perhaps Iggy could use a change of scenery but really I think the problem with Iginla is simply that the expectations are too high. He signed for less then he could have and now that he's under performing to his pay grade he's vilified when really it's just becoming a wash. If you expect Iginla to get 30 goals and 20 assists this year then I think you'll get that. If you expect 35 goals and 40 assists get ready to be disappointed. Either way I'm not sure trading Iginla would make this a better team but it MAY give a boost for the future.

There is no shortage of things to be frustrated with and too little information given to decide where to place blame so you get calls of, "Blow it up and start over!". Rarely does blowing it up work (see Shaun Vetter's blog today) but as we saw in 2004 that a change of management and a couple tweaks can make a world of difference.

Although it was a blow out loss and humiliating to the teams and fans last night it may take a few more painful nights like that to have ownership step in and make a change. Right now they are in the top 5 of the league for spending to try and get us a winning team and they are not getting value. These are business men, very smart and passionate. None of us want to see that happen, we'd prefer to see the playoffs, but every loss, especially ones like last night, make fans ever more willing to see heads roll down at the Dome.

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December 2, 2010 3:23 PM ET | Delete
This "win one, lose two" streak that we seem to be on isn't helping anything. We need to either win 5-6 in a row, or lose 5-6 in a row. We need changes, or the team needs to demonstrate that they're good enough to play. Personally, I'm in rinklighter's camp now. KABOOM!!!
December 2, 2010 3:28 PM ET | Delete
Also, I like the tags. Flames, Sutter, Fail. Pretty much says it all...
December 2, 2010 3:40 PM ET | Delete
For Christmas, Feaster is getting Darryl one of those Fisher Price plastic phones. It has a nice blue handle, and when you dial you get to hear animal noises on the other end. Hi Glen, it's Darryl. "Moooooooooo." Calm down Glen, I'm not calling about any of your young guys like Staal or Dubinsky. How would you feel about giving us Prust back? I really made a mistake on that plugger who I have now traded twice. I'll take Boogard too I guess. A first rounder in return good enough?
December 2, 2010 4:30 PM ET | Delete
Nice Blog Sane. Something has got to give
December 2, 2010 4:32 PM ET | Delete
owners are not stupid. Heard Feaster say they needed Kings approval for White trade. So what does DS do?? Doesnt talk to media, not allowed to trade or sign contracts, what are we waiting for. Get the 22
December 2, 2010 4:42 PM ET | Delete
I have a camp? (I want to be WRONG dammit!)
December 2, 2010 4:59 PM ET | Delete
sirwin- HI-larious. i think he's busy putting square pegs into round holes though.
December 2, 2010 7:31 PM ET | Delete
Trust me Darryl does both jobs and we win the cup he's that damn good and Brent is all name brand.
December 2, 2010 9:27 PM ET | Delete
It's a good point. If Brent is fired Darryl will probably coach...
December 2, 2010 9:38 PM ET | Delete
Darryl did both jobs before...and we came close before the lockout. However, I have no faith that Darryl can either build or coach a team in a post-lockout NHL.
December 2, 2010 9:56 PM ET | Delete
As of now we are tied for last with oil. Only up based on one win. This team has sunk far and fast
December 3, 2010 12:02 AM ET | Delete
Well Sane, the problem is we'll probably beat Minnesota
December 3, 2010 12:03 AM ET | Delete
Then lose the next 2, nothing happens before Christmas
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