Instead, head coach Bob Hartley, surprisingly calm in the moments after Thursday’s 5-4 road loss to the Colorado Avalanche, questioned if the current cast of Calgary Flames is any different from the crew that couldn’t get the job done last season.
“I’ve watched many games from last year,” Hartley said. “And it seems to be the same song.”
Flames fans know how this song ends.
With locker-stall clean-outs and exit meetings on about the same day the puck drops on the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Brent Sutter knows the lyrics better than anybody.
He stood behind the bench at the Saddledome for three seasons before his contract expired and he was replaced Hartley.