Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 6:35 PM

Flames looking to end playoff drought

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The Calgary Flames were experienced and expensive the past two seasons.

And it didn't work. An older team at the top end of the salary cap missed the playoffs both years.

Calgary got younger and gained space under the cap in Jay Feaster's first offseason as general manager. The former Tampa Bay Lighting GM had the interim tag removed from his title in May.

Feaster took over managing duties midway through last season, when Darryl Sutter was asked to resign and Calgary had a 16-18-3 record.

Calgary went on a 25-11-9 run to finish the year, falling three points short of a playoff berth in a tight Western Conference race.

A 41-29-12 record wasn't enough to return to the postseason, but the way the Flames finished makes them optimistic.

 
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