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Should the Flames fire Playfair?
Tue, April 17, 2007

After two listless games against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are calls in Calgary for Jim Playfair to be relieved of his head coaching duties with the Flames.

Many in Calgary are disgusted by the club's showing and have given up hope of any chance of a comeback after two road losses.

So, should the Flames fire Playfair, even if they are in the middle of a playoff series?

Or should the club take a wait and see approach in their best-of-seven series against the Wings?

Give us your thoughts on whether Playfair should stay for now or be dismissed post haste.



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vdhnbjdfBNFD, 2007-04-17 22:06:51

I completely agree with the first comment. Iginla is not a leader whatsoever. He always starts slow, and is either invisible for 4 games straight or scoring 3 points in a game.

Tanguay is overpaid,

Stuart has been a complete bust.

Give Playfair another chance just trade the overpaid "stars".
Cory from Calgary, 2007-04-17 20:47:16

The real reason the Flames aren't doing to well, is they have no talent. This has to be one of the most overrated teams ever. Iginla is not worth anywhere near 7mil, and Tanguay isn't even worth 2mil (he gets 5).... It's easier to fire a coach then an entire team of no talents.... have fun on the golf course boys... as for Doug...lots of talent on offense and defense eh? sure shows in first 2 games against Detroit. Outshot what? 97-35 ?? that is laughable :)
jfkaj, 2007-04-17 18:20:43

The team has lots of talent in net, on offense, and on defense.

The Flames defense has been comical many times over the last 30 games, running around, getting out of position, and making uncharacteristic mistakes.

That leads me to believe that it's a systems problem which ultimately is the responsibility of the coach.

Shoulda fired Playfair when Julien was let go.
Doug, 2007-04-17 14:25:37

Playfair would have been a fine coach for a team willing to win. Calgary has this post Stanley Cup finals high, you know the one that is normally reserved for the winner. Iginla sits at the blue line and Tanguay stops skating in his own end. The only players giving their all are Kipper and Yeller. It is Playfair's fault but also the team. Stop with the promises and play the game.
Troy, 2007-04-17 12:11:15

I think the team is not motivated, in my job I am paid to perform my manager manages me .. but I am responsible for my own performance. These guys are paid millions and 7.5 million for Iggy which in itself is too much money he is not living up to that salary. Hey guys you (sit out while under contract, pout, complain to get more money) want those big salaries then EARN IT .. DAMN IT or get out of the way for lower paid higher motivated, hungry players .. watch San Jose or Nashville, Pitts or Buffalo play .. now that's hockey.

Hey Flames .. Play hard or go home!!!
rjd in calgary, 2007-04-17 12:07:03

I'ts not Playfair's fault he has a poor team to work with. Management put all of their eggs in the Iginla, Kiprusoff, Tanguay basket - leaving no real depth to work with.
Dave, 2007-04-17 12:03:32

Coaches tend to be an easy target and scapegoat when things go wrong. Remember its the players who are playing the game with a lack of intensity. That being said a good coach should be able to motivate his team. The answer to the Flames delemia is not as simple as getting rid of Playfair. The players, who are NHL pros, need to get themselves going to.
Alan, 2007-04-17 11:52:21

Playfair strikes me as a real nice guy. Where in other circumstances he would likely hang out with the guys if he was not there "leader" as such. A coach is paid to analyze the play of his own players as well as their opponents and thereafter use his special knowledge to get performance required from his players to defeat the opponent. Call it want you want he is there to motivate and the good ones do. I am of the opinion, and not just recently, that Calgary's entire coaching staff in general are not up to par. I think that each of them should be called to defend their jobs at the conclusion of this season by the board of govenors of the team along with the general manager. Now also might be the time to start thinking about draft picks one could pick up for a number of high priced non performing players. I can just see my bosses of the past tolerating my "I'm sorry boss, just not up to it today", but "wait until tomorrow cuz I'll have more to give".
Ray, 2007-04-17 10:31:12

They are simply down two games to the most puck controlling team in pro hockey. What would you expect? They have two opportunities to even things up. If we are talking silly, fire the team first.
Bob Coyne, 2007-04-17 10:22:46

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