All That Has Transpired: The Calgary Flames

ATHT-CGYAll 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

CALGARY FLAMES

2013 Season: 19-25-4, 41 points
(Fourth place Northwest Division, Thirteenth place Western Conference)

Additions:
Carter Bancks
Steve Begin
T.J. Brodie
Josh Jooris
Sean Monahan
Paul Byron
Lance Bouma
Patrick Sieloff
Mark Cundari
Chris Breen
Mikael Backlund
Corban Knight
Kriss Russell
Karri Ramo
Chad Billins
Greg Nemisz
Chris Butler
Brian McGrattan
T.J. Galiardi

Subtractions:
Mike Testwuide RW
Cory Sarich D (Colorado)
Alex Tanguay W (Colorado)
Anton Babchuk D
Ben Walter C
Danny Taylor G
Roman Cervenka F

Up-and-comers:
Ryan Culkin D
Sven Baertschi LW
Sean Monahan C
John Gaudreau LW

Mikka Kiprusoff has been the subject of many trade rumors. Will he finish out the final year of his contract in Calgary? (RedMileBlog.org)

There’s no question that General Manager Jay Feaster is on the hot seat in Calgary. The Flames have failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009 and the roster has gone over a dramatic overhaul over the course of the past five seasons–and the rebuild is just now beginning. The Jerome Iginla trade ushered in a new era for the Calgary Flames organization, but there’s still question as to exactly what shape this team will take. Who will assume the role of captain and be the face of the franchise? The odds on favorite as of now is Mark Giordano, who has been with the Flames since 2004. The team has been mum on the issue so far, but one would expect a new captain to emerge during training camp. 

Goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff is in the final year of his contract, and it’s almost certain that the Flames won’t re-sign him next summer. So will the Flames move him before the deadline? If they do, Calgary has Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald waiting in the wings. Between the three players, a total of $9.5M are tied up by the goaltending position. But they’re not in danger of overshooting the cap ceiling just yet. As of now, there is still $7.7M left for the Flames to work with. This gives Feaster more leverage to operate when negotiating with teams for Kirpusoff. The only problem is that Kipper created his own NMC last season by threatening not to report if he was traded away from Calgary. It remains to be seen whether or not he would follow through with his claim, but any teams that may be interested in his services would be taking that risk.

There are still a lot of questions in Calgary. This is a team that is going through an identity crisis. But for the sake of putting things into perspective, Calgary fans have to be excited for hockey to return. Their idea of a rough offseason has included a catastrophic flood that forced thousands of people out their homes and caused millions of dollars in damage throughout the city–including the Saddledome, the home of the Flames.

Calgary’s Saddledome suffered a “total loss” to the lower bowl during the summer flood (Winnipeg Free Press)