The Flames made one move over the weekend, adding winger Blake Comeau from the Islanders on waivers.
Comeau started his new career phase on a line with Lee Stempniak and Roman Horak.
“He got here an hour and a half before game time, so we kind of threw him to the wolves here,” Flames coach Brent Sutter told Calgary reporters. “I thought he responded well with it. I thought he gave us a pretty solid game.”
But more changes are in order, as Calgary demonstrated while falling 2-0 at St. Louis. General manager Jay Feaster is on the prowl. He, Sutter and team president Ken King had a state-of-the team meeting before the Flames played the Blues.
The state of the team is not good. Calgary is 8-12-1 and appears headed toward a major overhaul. Stalwarts like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff could come into play at some point this season.
“Most people define rebuilding by losing frequently for years in order to get high draft picks. You will then get them and you will live happily ever after,” King told the Calgary Sun. “You’re always rebuilding.
“We’ve done transactions. Jay’s talked about Meritocracy — I think it’s pretty clear that’s there — he’s talked about giving young people a chance — I think it’s pretty clear that’s been done.
“I think you will continue to see activity and transactions take place which in aggregate will be an improvement to the team. We’re not naive. We’re not saying we’re going to stand pat and see what happens. It is forever a work in progress — every team is.”
Calgary could get involved in the Kyle Turris bidding, along with Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The Coyotes finally signed their restricted free agent, officially putting him in play.
How are the Flames owners holding up?
“These are very mature, seasoned, veteran business people, who understand the world, right?” King told the Calgary Herald. “They’re not sycophants who are trying to chase a dream for the sake of a dream. They’re pragmatists . . . and I think that’s a great benefit. I don’t think anybody can do much in an environment of fear or panic. But make no mistake, the sense of urgency that is necessary and appropriate is a fact of life, too.”