And they’ll all be eligible for full autonomy at the same time → https://t.co/lmx87mEmah
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 22, 2023
The new general manager, Craig Conroy, has already found himself in a huge mess, even though he’s only been on the job for a few weeks.
And this chaos in Calgary, well, it seems to be delighting the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames’ rival team in Alberta.
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Indeed, that’s what we learned earlier this week from Elliotte Friedman during his appearance on Jeff Marek’s podcast.
Friedman explains that the Flames’ descent into the abyss has the Edmonton Oilers feeling a sense of accomplishment.
Well, because according to Friedman, the Oilers’ goal in 2022 in their second-round series against the Calgary Flames was not just to win the series, but to completely destroy the Flames’ franchise and organization.
“The Oilers weren’t just about winning the series – they were about breaking up the Flames.“@FriedgeHNIC and @JeffMarek on the ripple effects of the Battle of Alberta in the 2022 playoffs.#LetsGoOilers #Flames
– Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) June 23, 2023
By beating the Flames, the Oilers hoped to bring about the organization’s downfall, which is exactly what’s happening.
Oilers players wanted to beat the Flames to sink them, and they succeeded, so they’re happy about it to this day.
The Flames’ downward spiral had already begun last summer, when Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk both left the club.
Gaudreau decided to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets (a decision I still don’t understand to this day) via the free-agent market, and a few days later, Tkachuk informed the Flames that he would not be re-signing with the team and that he wished to be traded.
The sky was falling for the Flames, much to the Oilers’ delight, but the Flames’ GM at the time, Brad Treliving (now GM of the Maple Leafs), seemed to manage to keep the Flames’ heads above water with the acquisition of Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar, as well as the signing of Nazem Kadri.
However, all of Treliving’s hard work only postponed the Flames’ inevitable downfall.
Even if the Flames can get some interesting returns for their players (for the moment Hanifin, Backlund and especially Toffoli and Lindholm), they shouldn’t have a good enough club to remain competitive.
In short, it’s chaos in Calgary, and the Oilers look on with a big smile.
The #Oilers have been winning both the battle and the war known as the #BattleOfAlberta. With Edmonton’s win over the Flames in year’s playoffs, the Oilers have watched their rivals free fall ever since.
Here’s how things have gone south in Calgary.https://t.co/LEZ8G7fUgn
– The Oil Rig (@oilrigEDM) June 24, 2023
On the other hand, the Oilers are delighted right now, but they may be less so when they realize that the Alberta rivalry won’t be as interesting.
Even for any good field hockey fan, the Flames’ downfall is not good news, considering that the battle of Alberta will no longer be as entertaining and intense.
In a gust
– The week in review for the Canadiens.
Top #GoHabsGo stories this week:
– Early look at next year’s lineup
– Chaos in Calgary will impact Habs
– Draft Rankings, options for the 5th & 31st overall picks
– Monahan’s deal
– Dubois trade talk
– Trading down
And more Montreal Canadiens news⬇️https://t.co/QIs0JRFDQK
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 25, 2023
– Read more.
NHL | Five things to know about the draft https://t.co/pruOayRGVL
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) June 25, 2023
– Profile of a little-talked-about prospect.
2023 NHL Draft prospect profile: Kalan Lind is a menacehttps://t.co/O27HXRQ36f
– Eyes On The Prize (@HabsEOTP) June 25, 2023
2023 mock draft: one certainty, many questions https://t.co/aH1TdbVBkj
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) June 25, 2023
– Bad news.