Another season and another chance for Jay Bouwmeester to be rid of his dubious distinction.

The Flames defenceman has now skated through eight NHL seasons, and 635 games, without seeing a playoff tilt, including the last two seasons with the Flames.

The perception may exist Bouwmeester lacks fire, but rest assured that lack of success burns him.

"When people bring up you've played a long time and not in the playoffs, it's not something you're proud of and want to change it," he said Thursday before partaking in the team's charity golf tournament.

"Every year, it's harder and harder to watch (playoff games). This year, I didn't watch a whole lot of the playoffs until the end, and that's because I know a bunch of the guys on Boston and wanted to see them do well in the last series.

"It sucks every year you're not in the playoffs, and it does wear on you."