2015 Calgary Flames Season Preview
The Calgary Flames had plenty to cheer about a season ago, improving their points totally by 20, and reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Flames went on to beat arch-rival Vancouver to reach the Western Conference semi-finals. The Calgary Flames won’t be surprising anyone in 2015, as the young Flames are on everyone’s radar coming into the season. The Flames will look to avoid regressing in 2015, after exceeding expectations a season prior. Calgary made a huge coup when they were able to bring in talented blueliner Dougie Hamilton, added depth to what might be the best blueline in the Western Conference. One of the few units that excels defensively, while also providing offense spark, the Flames blueline in 2015 will drive the team’s success. Calgary won numerous games coming from behind a season ago, they will try and avoid early deficits and push for another Stanley Cup playoff appearance.
2014 Calgary Flames Season Preview
The Calgary Flames saw improvement from 2012 to 2013. Although the Flames finished the season in practically the same place in the standings, they were significantly more competitive on the ice. Despite the improvement, Calgary still finished 14 points outside of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The key positive take away from the Flames 2013 season was their work ethic, as Calgary simply would not quit, even when clearly outmatched by more talented and more experienced teams. The Flames hope to build off of this culture change and that the added experience gives them a better opportunity to win games in 2014. Once again the keys to the Flames success will fall on defensemen Mark Giordano. Giordano is clearly the team’s best player and the leader off the ice as well. He will get help from a legion of young talent that might just be a few years away from becoming stars. Look for the Calgary Flames to give opposing teams trouble with their effort and for them to continue to be on the rise through the next season.
2013 Calgary Flames Season Preview
The Calgary Flames went through a trying 2012-13 Season, finishing in 13th place in the Western Conference. Jerome Iginla was traded to the Boston Bruins and keeper Miikka Kiprusoff retired, but the Flames were able to grab David Jones and Shane O’Brien for Alex Tanguay and Corey Sarich in a trade. T.J. Galiardi and Karri Ramo were also brought in via free agency to help Bob Hartley in his first real training camp with the club he manages. The Flames will look at a late-January homestand as a way to make a stand in the Western Conference, including games against the Coyotes, Predators, Blackhawks, Sharks and ending with a game against the Minnesota Wild on February 1st.
2012 Calgary Flames Season Preview
The 2010-11 season was one on the upswing for the Calgary Flames. After a slow start that saw them end the first quarter of the year in 14th place, the Flames bounced GM Darryl Sutter and began to win. They didn’t make it to the playoffs for the second straight year, but also came a mere three points away from the eighth spot. Can they build on that momentum? Jerome Iginla’s 43-goal, 86-point year was his best in recent history, and continuing that will be the crux of any future successes. Bringing back his wingman Alex Tanguay was important, considering the rapport they share. The rest of the forwards— Curtis Glencross, David Moss and Lee Stempniak—all have 20-goal seasons under their belts, so you have to believe when then all the pieces together, the scores will come in bunches. Defensively, it all depends on the maturation of Jay Bouwmeester in relation to the massive contract he got after his stellar play in Florida. If his production can rise and last year’s storied defenseman Mark Giordano—who scored 43-points in 2010-11—can continue with the same output, they might be a formidable line and push Calgary back into the playoffs.
2011 Calgary Flames Season Preview
The Calgary Flames got off to a hot start last season, but their early spark was extinguished midway through the year and they ended up missing the playoffs. Fans may be expecting a more consistent year this season, but the team returns much of the same roster, so a different result may be hard to find. The Flames offense is centered around Jarome Iginla. The talented right wing will be looking to rebound from an off year where he scored just 32 goals and notching 37 assists. However, Iginla has very little help on the attack. The new acquisition of Alex Tanguay may provide some depth on the offense, and Olli Jokinen will have to be more productive this coming season if the Flames are to make a playoff push. Defensively, Calgary will be looking for solid performances from Jay Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano, both of whom had rather disappointing campaigns in 2009. The duo will be joined by a group of older players, including Raitis Ivanans and Steve Staios, who provide experience but may be beginning to slow down. The same goes for the Flames' goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who had a decent season last year with a 2.31 goals against average.
2010 Calgary Flames Season Preview
Are the Calgary Flames the best team in hockey heading into the 2009-2010 NHL season? The Flames should compete with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philly Flyers and LA Kings for that honor this year. Calgary was the #5 seed in the Western Conference last year, but lost 4-2 in the 1st round against the Chicago Blackhawks. Flames team captain Jarome Iginla and Head Coach Brent Sutter are going to make sure Calgary doesn't have an early exit from the 2010 NHL playoffs.