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Expect Flames to finish last

There will be some long nights at the Saddledome this season. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

There will be some long nights at the Saddledome this season. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

CALGARY - The debate round these parts the last handful of autumns has revolved around whether the Calgary Flames were capable of making the playoffs.

No longer.

After losing the team’s iconic captain, franchise goalie and best defenceman — without replacing any of them — it would be short-sighted at best to continue post-season pipedreams in Calgary.

Throw in a re-alignment that has the Flames in a torturous division, and it’s laughable at best to suggest their season will extend past mid-April.

The question to be asked now is whether the Flames will be the worst team in the NHL this year.

The answer is yes.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing — unless, of course, you are Bob Hartley or Jay Feaster.

Fact is, the growing pains involved with undergoing a rebuild as massive and overdue as the one facing the Flames are going to be more excruciating than locals can fathom.


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