Friday, September 2, 2011
The Flames Will Soon Have To Look Towards A Youth Movement
Along with those previously mentioned, the rest of the Flames roster are on the older side as well. Olli Jokinen, 32, and Brendan Morrison, 36, are two of the ten players in the Flames line-up that are 30 years old or older. Which contributes to the Flames having an average of 30 years old, making them the third oldest team in the league behind only the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.
Although the Flames have a cast that have been around the league for quite some time, they have continued to be in the playoff race in recent history. They finished in 10th place the previous two seasons, after late season pushes fell short, and finished in 5th place in the West three seasons ago.
But, one thing lingers on the minds of Flames faithful, how much longer can the Flames be among the NHL's best with a roster chalk full of seasoned vets.
Iginla is signed through the '12-'13 season, when he will be 36 years old, Kiprusoff will be with the Flames through at least the '13-'14 season, when he will be 37, and Bourque will be with the Flames through the '14-'15 season when he will be 33 years old.
If these pieces are still with the Flames at that point of their careers they will have aged even more and gotten further away from their prime.
Sure the Flames by no means have had as bad a season totals as other teams in the league, but there lack of success may be cause for a drastic overhaul in the near future.
Unless the Flames make a serious push and assert themselves as contenders for the Cup within the next season or two, they may have to ditch some of their old timers and make moves towards bringing in the youth movement.