May 8, 2013
Face it Canucks, your Stanley Cup window is shutClub should take lessons from Flames and Oilers
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
SAN JOSE - The Calgary Flames reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in the spring of 2004.
The Flames braintrusts spent several seasons afterwards believing they were still a Cup contender, drafting poorly while trying to recapture the magic by adding pieces around their core. They failed to even come close and this season, when it became obvious that dream was more dead than a zombie in the path of Rick Grimes, finally started a long-awaited rebuild.
The Edmonton Oilers reached Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final.
The Oilers spent the next couple of seasons chasing the faint hope they could return, failing to land many free-agents they chased, losing key players from their own team and hitting rock bottom to the point they drafted first overall three consecutive seasons.