Be bad for (Aaron) Ekblad. Sink for Sam (Reinhart). Easier said than done. As much as Calgary Flames fans want to support a winning team, a segment is out there wishing their NHL squad would lose every game the rest of the way in the hopes of landing the highest draft pick possible. Try telling a player to his face they should tank games. “It’s not in our vocab,” Flames left winger Curtis Glencross said defiantly when the notion was broached. “We’re going to try and battle to the end. “Hopefully, we can get three more wins.” The Flames are riding a three-game winning streak heading into their last homestand — Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Kings (8 p.m., TSN/Sportsnet 960 The Fan), Friday against the Winnipeg Jets — and the season-finale Sunday against the host Vancouver Canucks. Not only do the Flames run the risk of failing to get a top-five pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, but they could climb the ladder even higher if they win all three remaining games. That’s why there’s the cry to see losses and not wins to close out the campaign. “Well … we don’t believe in it,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said when asking about tanking the final three tilts. “As a player, how can you come to the rink and try to lose? I don’t think that anybody would ever try to do that. The message is loud and clear from our coaches all year and from management — we’re trying to win every game down the stretch. That’s our role right now as a team.
Calgary Flames won't tank for draft position
Calgary Sun | Apr 9