Calgary Flames fans say farewell, as author proclaims successful season

The Calgary Flames wrapped up their last home game for this season last night.

Bruce Dowbiggin says there were low expectations after Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff left

Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik, right, from Czech Republic, collides with Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano during first period of Calgary's last home game of the season. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

The Calgary Flames wrapped up their last home game for this season last night.

They won't be in the playoffs again this season, but author and broadcaster Bruce Dowbiggin says it's still been a success.

“Well, it is progress. I mean this is an organization this time last year, nobody had any idea what would happen after Jarome Iginla left, after Miikka Kiprusoff left, so with no expectations — this has been a successful year.”

But he says they still have a long way to go and this is a good city for rebuilding.

“My theory is that the next Canadian city to have a Stanley Cup may be Calgary, and the reason I say that is because I think it's become almost impossible to succeed in the other cities. The day by day, the shift by shift pressure in other markets is incredible.”

Dowbiggin says the Flames still need to attract a couple of elite players in order to take a run at the Stanley Cup.

The Flames made a key acquisition Friday night.

They have signed Johnny Gaudreau from Boston College who just won the Hobey Baker award for top college player in the U.S.

The Flames played 49 one-goal games this season, tying an NHL record and have won 19 of their past 30 games. 

As of Friday night`s puck drop, they were 26th in the league and will miss the playoffs for another season. The last time they made it to the post-season was the 2008/09 season.  

The season wraps up in Vancouver on Sunday.