For the fourth review of the month, the Calgary Flames are on the clock. Ryan Patrick, the lead writer of Flame for Thought, is giving us FanSided folk, the low down on what happened in Calgary last season, as well as what will happen for this coming stanza. Here is an excerpt of Ryan’s work:
If you don’t follow the Calgary Flames that closely, you’d probably be hard-pressed to recognize the differences between last year’s team and the team heading into 2011-12. Not to say freshly announced GM Jay Feaster hasn’t done anything, in fact he played an absolute perfect hand in a very tight salary cap situation. He shipped away guys like Ales Kotalik, Robyn Regehr and Daymond Langkow, all who had large contracts they weren’t performing up to. He also locked up Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay to long-term deals and brought in a mix of youth and veteran presence on the blueline. In the end, the Flames now have a little over $3.6 million in cap-space heading into the season, and Feaster has made it abundantly clear he’s willing to spend that money to improve the team. Whether or not Calgary’s off-season roster tweaks can push them into a playoff spot in the insanely competitive Western conference remains to be seen.
Here is the link for the Calgary Flames Preview… http://flameforthought.com/2011/09/04/fansided-30-in-30-can-calgary-make-it-back-to-the-post-season/. Tomorrow – it is Carolina’s turn to give their few minutes of expectations.