Kostopoulos would love to stay in Calgary
CALGARY, AB -- As Tom Kostopoulos shuffled through the pile of reporters to give his last interview of the 2011-12 season, a look of disappointment was etched on his face.
"This day, I feel like it's way different from last year even though we're kind of in the same spot," he said with a deep sigh.
Taking a glance at the Flames last two seasons, one would believe the team is in the exact same position. In the 2010-11 campaign, they finished just three points out of the playoffs. In 2011-12, they were five points out. In both years, they had a very sluggish start and then surged in the second half. Their rosters were quite similar in both seasons.
However, the emotional impact of being on the outside looking in is a far cry from what the team felt last year according to Kostopoulos.
"There was a whole different feeling last year. Guys were upset but saw so much promise for the next year and excitement for the next year.
"Now, it's just feeling mad and disappointed."
With the club missing the postseason for three straight years, significant change is almost guaranteed and it isn't clear if the Flames will be re-signing any of the six pending UFA's they have on their roster right now - a group Kostopoulos is part of.
"We thought we had a really good team," he lamented. "We thought we could win and it's disappointing that we (couldn't) and we let each other down. It's probably going to cost some guys' jobs."
The 33 year-old is facing a fair amount of uncertainty as July 1 approaches but is sure of one thing: how much he enjoys playing in Calgary.
"I like it here," he stated firmly. "I want to come back. Obviously things have to change but I want to come back."
In 81 games this season, Kostopoulos potted four goals and recorded 12 points while accruing 57 penalty minutes.