The 2006–07 Calgary Flames season began with a great deal of promise following the acquisition of top forward Alex Tanguay from the Colorado Avalanche. The other major off-season news was that Darryl Sutter promoted his assistant coach, Jim Playfair, to head coach as Sutter stayed with the team as general manager only.
A pre-season favorite to win the National Hockey League's Northwest Division, the Flames struggled out of the gate in October before a six-game winning streak, and a franchise record ten consecutive home wins in November and December, brought the Flames back into contention in the tight Northwest Division.
A January crash proved that the Flames were unable to live up to the pre-season hype. Hoping to rejuvenate the team, GM Sutter orchestrated a trade with the Los Angeles Kings to bring Craig Conroy back to the team. However there was a lack a passion even after the mid-season shake-up. The Flames struggled to an eighth-place finish in the Western Conference, having to stave off a furious challenge for the final playoff spot by Colorado. The Flames entered the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a first-round match-up against the Detroit Red Wings, falling in six games to the Red Wings.
The lackluster season and poor playoff performance led to widespread criticism of rookie head coach Jim Playfair. TSN analyst Bob McKenzie even suggested replacing Playfair after game two of the Flames playoff series against Detroit. Following the season, however, several players defended their coach. Despite this, Playfair was relieved of his duties prior to the 2007–08 season.
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