I have to wonder why the flames have not made an announcement regarding anything lately.
There is a public perception out there that the evaluation is not just about the on ice personal but also about the office guys, namely King and Sutter. One might take it that a signing of a junior player to a free agent contract is a move, and it is, but is it a significant one?
Lets look at some of the organizational moves made by the Flames a year ago:
May 04- After being bounced first round style once again Sutter announces it is assessment time.
May 06- Two days, just two days, after saying it was assessment time Sutter announced that he will not be "cleaning house" but will still have meeting with players and coaches.
May 22- Keenen is fired
May 26- Sutter goes on record saying he is looking for a replacement.
What does this tell us? That even after one round in the playoffs the Flames had already assessed and made moves to improve the organization by the end of May, or what they thought were improvements, assessments had been done and everything was moving forward.
Now, after not making the playoffs at all, giving them an extra week to look inward at their failures, they still haven't had any real announcements. Just one junior guy signed (which I think is a great signing by the way).
My point is that after this junior signing we all thought that Sutter still had the reigns and the control but as the questions keep coming and no indication is coming from either the owners or the management we are left wondering.
If there was a failure in the system, like coaching, it would have been addressed by now as we've seen in the past, if Sutter had control would there be a Pro signed by now or bought out (Kotalik)?
As paying season ticket holders, casual fans, even the guy who just buys a red t-shirt, we as fans want a little more clarity and a few more answers. What is going on with the RFA's? The UFA's? Today Nick Backstrom was signed in Washington, why aren't we hearing about what is going on with Nystrom and White? This is the time! If we continue to see no communication from the Flames over the next two weeks I will personally wonder if this indecisive action and communication may cost the Flames another successful season, if they want to replace the G.M. but wait too long then who is to blame?