CALGARY - Another season and another chance for Jay Bouwmeester to be rid of his dubious distinction.
The Flames defenceman has now skated through eight NHL seasons, and 635 games, without seeing a playoff tilt, including the last two seasons with the Flames.
The perception may exist Bouwmeester lacks fire, but rest assured that lack of success burns him.
ďWhen people bring up youíve played a long time and not in the playoffs, itís not something youíre proud of and want to change it,Ē he said Thursday before partaking in the teamís charity golf tournament.
ďEvery year, itís harder and harder to watch (playoff games). This year, I didnít watch a whole lot of the playoffs until the end, and thatís because I know a bunch of the guys on Boston and wanted to see them do well in the last series.
ďIt sucks every year youíre not in the playoffs, and it does wear on you.Ē
Flames teammate Olli Jokinen played 799 NHL games before skating in the post-season in 2009.
The record for most career games without a playoff encounter belongs to Guy Charron, who played 734 contests.
Bouwmeester canít take a much bigger on-ice role in terms of ice time after last season, in which he averaged nearly 26 minutes per game.
However, the departure of Robyn Regehr will put more on the plate of the soon-to-be 28-year-old blueliner.
ďItís a loss, for sure. Heís a guy that was here for a long time and a real big part of the team, on the ice, off the ice, in the room, that sort of thing,Ē Bouwmeester said. ďWhen you lose a guy like that, itís tough, but it does happen. It happens to every team. Itís opportunities for other guys.
ďOther guys have to fill the void, not so much on the ice, but in the room with the leadership. I think every year, guysí roles on the ice and off the ice change, and as you get older thereís more responsibility.
ďIím more of a veteran guy on the blueline and thatís something that comes with it.Ē