Calgary Flames ownership finds itself in an interesting situation.
The civic election is over and mayor Naheed Nenshi is back for another term. Previously, Flames president Ken King said Sept. 12 that ownership was ending discussions with the city about a new arena because of “spectacularly unproductive meetings.”
One can only assume that the team was hoping for a much different result in the election, in which Nenshi and all incumbents retained their positions on council.
Now hockey fans in Calgary, and around the country, watch to see which side stops posturing and starts meaningful negotiations first. Both sides know that the 34-year-old Saddledome needs to be replaced.
It’s all very reminiscent of what took place two hours north of Calgary, in Edmonton. Negotiations to replace Rexall Place started in 2008. Rogers Place was built in 2016. In that time there was lots of debate, and a Daryl Katz trip to Seattle to make a point.
I don’t for a second believe that the Flames are leaving Alberta. However, the fun has just begun in Calgary. Settle in.