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  • Off Season Review: Calgary Flames

    2010-2011 was another disappointing season for the Flames. Former GM Darryl Sutter managed this team with a “win now” mentality but the team failed to qualify for the post season yet again. As a result, Sutter stepped down as GM and was replaced by former Tampa Bay lightning GM Jay Feaster.

    Feaster inherited a team in a disastrous cap management situation. Six players have no movement clauses and three have no-trade clauses. Even if Feaster wanted to rebuild his hands are tied.

    Feaster also inherited an empty prospect cupboard as THN ranked the Flames third last in the league for prospect depth in the 2011 future watch guide.

    With little ability to make any roster moves, Feaster made very few moves. The most notable deal involved shipping out long time flame Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik, and a second round pick to Buffalo for prospects Paul Byron and Chris Butler. The deal was a good salary dump by the Flames and they also have high hopes for both Butler and Byron.

    The other deal of significance was the Tim Erixon deal. Erixon was the team’s top prospect but was unwilling to sign a contract with Calgary and demanded a trade to the team his father played for, the New York Rangers. Rather then losing him to the draft, the Flames traded the top prospect for center Roman Horak and two second-round draft picks in 2011.

    Calgary also had a first round pick this summer and used the 13th overall selection on Sven Bartschi. Bartschi is 5-11, 175 left winger with scoring potential, great hands, great vision, and great hockey sense.

    Depth Chart

    Alex Tanguay Ollie Jokinen Jarome Iginla
    Rene Bourque Mikael Backlund David Moss
    Curtis Glencross Daymond Langkow Tim Jackman
    Niklas Hagman Brendan Morrison Tom Kostopoulos
    Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Paul Byron

    Mark Giordano Jay Bouwmeester Miikka Kiprusoff
    Anton Babchuk Cory Sarich Henrik Karlsson
    Chris Butler Brett Carson Leland Irving
    T.J. Brodie Brendan Mikkelson

    Fantasy Outlook

    Top Breakout Candidates:
    Mikael Backlund - Finally played a full season. Leap frog the veterans on the depth chart.

    Top Rookie:
    Chris Butler - Flames blue line needed a puck moving defender. Butler is that guy!
    Hidden Gem
    Paul Byron - Flames need scoring. Byron has done that at every level so far, can he do it in the NHL

    Don’t Draft:
    Jay Bouwmeester - Great player but little fantasy value

    Best Fantasy Value:

    Jarome Iginla - will again lead the team in scoring and Kiprusoff is money in the bank.

    The 2011-2012 roster looks much like last seasons, only the key players are all a year older which is not good news. The Flames did nothing to make me think this season will be any better than last year. As a result I find it difficult to imagine a scenario that has them making the playoffs. Calgary is a team that had success playing an aggressive physical and defensively sound game. Those days seem to be gone and unfortunately they are still an offensively challenged group. The rebuilding era in Calgary should be coming sooner than later and may be a long, slow, and painful process.

    Pete Harling is and always has been passionate about hockey. He loves to watch it, play it but what he loves the most is fantasy hockey. Email Coach Harling at [email protected].

    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Crazy Canuck's Avatar
      Crazy Canuck -
      The notion that Calgary is an "offensively challenged group" is erroneous. They scored more goals than any non-playoff team and had more regular season goals than final four teams San Jose and Boston. Of the final four, only Vancouver and Tampa Bay outscored Calgary. Thus, Calgary's biggest weakness is defense, but moving out Regher may be a step in the right direction as he lacked foot speed and a good first pass and was a team leader in minutes played. Kipprusoff is a solid tender, so Calgary may be better this year for going with mobility (and youth) on the back end and bringing in Scott Hannan for some veteran stability.
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