Slow Burn: Calgary Flames 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

September 29th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
As part of a continuing series, writer Benjamin Benya will be previewing all 30 NHL teams over the next two weeks in preparation for the 2010-2011 regular season.

We head to Canada this time to look at the Calgary Flames.

Key additions: LW Alex Tanguay, C Olli Jokinen, LW Raitis Ivanans, RW Tim Jackman

Key subtractions: LW Nigel Dawes, LW Eric Nystrom, LW Christopher Higgins, RW Jamal Mayers

When talking about a window of opportunity, the Calgary Flames have watched it close gradually year after year. Following a surprise run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003-04, the Flames built up, transferred, and built up again in an effort to be contenders for the long haul.

Last season when the Flames derailed amid a cap squeeze and questionable moves, missing the playoffs was simply icing on the cake. GM Darryl Sutter would have to go back to the drawing board to rectify the situation, but the solutions he provided were far from what the fans hoped.

Sutter brought back stragglers Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen at reduced pay, consuming what little cap the Flames had. Neither was altogether memorable in their stints in Calgary and, while the ...

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