All That Has Transpired: The Calgary Flames

All That Has Transpired: The Calgary Flames

We’re going to take a look each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as-well-as up-and-comers.

Today we take a look at the Calgary Flames

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CALGARY FLAMES

2010-11 Season: 41-29-12, 94 points
(Second place Northwest Division, Tenth place Western Conference)

Additions:
Chris Butler
Paul Byron
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
Scott Hannan

Subtractions:
Robyn Regehr (Buffalo Sabres)
Ales Kotalik (Buffalo Sabres)
Adam Pardy (Dallas Stars)
Steve Staios
Tim Erixon (New York Rangers)

Up-and-comers:
David Moss
Curtis Glencross
Tim Jackman

Scott Hannan returns to the Northwest Division after less than a season with the Washington Capitals. (Courtesy of zimbio.com)

While the Flames finished second in the Northwest, they still sat at tenth in the Western Conference.  Three of their top goal scorers have all reached at least their thirtieth birthdays and their top goaltender, Mikka Kiprusoff turns 35 in October.  The Flames youngsters need to step up shoulder the load, or the Flames are going to be in trouble in the future.

The Calgary front office took that youth into consideration when signing NHL veteran Scott Hannan to bolster the blue line.  General manager Jay Feaster said of signing Hannan, “…while we have great confidence that one of our second-year prospects or quality depth defencemen we added this off-season will step-up and make our hockey team in training camp, we have also recognized the need for some veteran leadership at that position.

“Scott not only brings a wealth of experience to our blueline, but he also brings a great deal of knowledge about the Western Conference in general and our Division in particular.”

Iginla's 43 goals might have been the third most in the NHL, but they weren't enough to bring the Flames into the top eight in the Western Conference. (Courtesy nhlsnipers.com)

2010 signing Alex Tanguay had his most productive season since 2006-07 with 69 points while captain Jarome Iginla held the number three spot for goal scorers in the NHL with 43.

With the Flames returning with much of the same roster, it’s going to take a lot of work to pull the team up in the Western Conference standings this season.

Projected Lines/Pairings
Tanguay – Backlund – Iginla
Kostopoulos – Langkow – Glencross
Bourque – Jokinen – Jackman
Nemisz – Stajan – Bouma

Hannan – Bouwmeester
Giordano – Carson
Babchuk – Sarich

Kiprusoff
Karlsson