The last time the Calgary Flames were deemed worthy of Jungle airtime with Jim Rome their coach had to hurl his stick 18 rows into the stands.
This time they did it the old fashioned way.
The Calgary Flames currently lead the Western Conference.
Such words literally haven’t been written this late in the season since January 1993.
It’s a development that clearly snuck up on casual fans around the league, especially some out east who can’t fathom a team placing anywhere close to their beloved Leafs.
Yet, there the Flames sit, third overall in the NHL, just one point behind Toronto.
Heck, even in Calgary fans are a little stunned by the development given the decades of below average to fair teams.
Their rarified surge towards the top is a product of being on a streak that has seen them go 14-5-2 since their 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In almost a quarter century of covering this franchise I have never seen a better, more complete, or more skilled Flames team.