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Flames aim for quick rebuild

Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster talks to the media at Scotiabank Saddledome after the trade deadline.

Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster talks to the media at Scotiabank Saddledome after the trade deadline.

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:15 PM ET

Here’s the thing Calgary Flames fans need to remember about a rebuild.

 

It doesn’t happen overnight.

It doesn’t even happen in a hurry.

Case in point, the Edmonton Oilers, who might have the best collection of young forwards in the NHL but have been rebuilding since Justin Bieber was a middle-school student and are no lock to end their playoff drought this season, either.

“I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t times last year, and even this year, when you’re thinking ‘When is this going to end?’ ” admitted Oilers winger Jordan Eberle after Wednesday’s morning skate at the Saddledome.

“It’s been tough.”

It’s been more than tough. It’s been 2,483 days since there was a post-season showdown at Rexall Place.

Maybe that’s why Flames GM Jay Feaster, whose squad has already gone three years without a playoff berth and has essentially assured a fourth, is hesitant to even whisper the word ‘rebuild.’


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