Calgary Flames fans: Don’t worry, Ken King is simply being strategic

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: The crowd gets behind Calgary Flames (Photo by Clint Trahan/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: The crowd gets behind Calgary Flames (Photo by Clint Trahan/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Another day of billionaires being greedy. But don’t worry Calgary Flames fans, Ken King is just simply being strategic in what he’s doing right now.

Don’t worry guys, I know we’re all somewhat scared. But the Calgary Flames won’t be relocating.

Just minutes ago, news completely surfaced the hockey nation about Flames CEO Ken King saying that the city is no longer in pursuit of a new arena.

I know this all seems scary, but don’t worry. Ken King has strategically planned this out and he’s saying this at this specific time for a reason. As we know, the Calgary Flames and the city have not been able to come to an agreement about a new arena. Mayor Naheed Nenshi is sticking his own and standing up for the public that they will not be paying for a new arena.

Out of the six Flames owners, three of them are among the 100 richest Canadians, two of them have net-worths over $3 billion, and one owns a $6 billion firm. They can absolutely afford a new arena and kudos to Nenshi for sticking to his gut.

This brings us into the strategy. Seattle just so happened to announce a new arena deal earlier today. And now this:

There are mayoral candidates currently running and giving their stances in Calgary. Right now, King and Bettman are trying to push feared Calgarians to vote another way rather than re-electing Nenshi. They want the people to vote a mayor who will push through a new arena deal that uses a majority of public money.

Bettman also said (in a tweet I put above) about how “hard” it will be for the Flames to remain competitive. However, last season, the Flames had the tenth best attendance record out of all the teams and the third best out of all the Canadian teams. The Saddledome has a capacity of 19,289 and the average attendance last season for the Flames was 18,727. I’d say that’s pretty decent.

With the Flames having the Cup contention window open this upcoming season, I don’t think it’ll be too hard for them to remain competitive.

This is basically saying “Don’t vote Nenshi if you want to keep the Flames in the city” without saying those specific words.

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Don’t worry Flames fans. It’s all a business tactic and the Calgary Flames won’t be going anywhere. But unfortunately, it strikes enough fear in enough people that their plan may end up working after all. We may be saying goodbye to Nenshi in a month’s time when the election happens and of course, the billionaires will end up getting their way.