With the Ryan O’Reilly saga in the books, it can be filed away as a Shakespearean tragic comedy.



Or, maybe it’s a Seinfeld episode.

As goofy as it played out, the Calgary Flames didn’t acquire the young centre or lose their draft picks in the process, despite all the sound and fury which took place the past couple of days. It’s still the same team before the announcement of an offer sheet came down.

Now, Calgary’s floundering hockey heroes must look forward. The oncoming train is coming faster than Scott Stevens bearing down on an unsuspecting forward whose eyes focused on the puck instead of the crushing defenceman.

The O’Reilly saga could be seen as proof this season is destined to be as much of a writeoff as the last few in Calgary.

When the Flames face the Vancouver Canucks Sunday (6 p.m., SNWest) at the Saddledome, they’ll hit the 20-game mark of the 48-game season.

Worse yet, the easiest part of their schedule is done.

That doesn’t bode well for a team sitting 14th in the Western Conference with a 7-8-4 record.

The Canucks clash starts a tough two-week stretch, which also includes games against the San Jose Sharks, the Anaheim Ducks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Nashville Predators and a pair of games in Los Angeles against the defending-champion Kings.

More daunting is the fact the club will have only played 11 of its 24 road games when that stretch is completed.

Had the Flames added O’Reilly, it may have helped in the way they had hoped, providing the centre needed on their top two lines.