The Calgary Flames may only be 10 games into the 2023-24 season, but their struggles are already causing plenty of panic.
Despite improving overall last night, the Flames lost to the Dallas Stars 4-3 in the finals, dropping their season record to 2-7-1. Several players have already expressed their frustration with the team’s lack of success, but that doesn’t seem to be helping turn things around. Well, according to Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedmanthe coaching staff may have no choice but to do something significant to turn things around.
“Another team executive said he heard the Flames putting a veteran player on waivers could rattle the room,” Friedman wrote in his latest article. 32 Thinking column. “Obviously that’s not happening.”
That hasn’t happened yet, but you have to wonder how close Ryan Husker and his coaching staff are to making a big decision like putting someone on waivers. There are some guys who are struggling, and one guy in particular who could fit that bill is Dillon Dube. The 25-year-old has plenty of skill, but he hasn’t been a consistent player throughout his 291 games as a Flame. Through nine games this season, he has only one goal and three points.
Dube, who is in the final year of his contract with a $2.3 million cap hit, is scheduled to become an RFA this offseason. Considering how inconsistent his time was with the Flames, there’s no guarantee they have plans to bring him back next season. Considering he has been a member of the team for a long time, putting him on waivers would definitely let his teammates know that no one is safe to move on, and that It may inspire them.
The Flames will need to quickly turn things around to prevent this possible scenario from occurring. They hope to get back in the win column on Saturday against the Seattle Kraken.
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