The Ones That Got Away: Calgary Flames’ Top Five Castaways

December 10th, 2009 by Daniel Sallows Leave a reply »
Every team in the NHL has had a player or two that has gotten away. A young player that the organization gives up on, only to watch him flourish in another city.

In the hockey world it is the equivalent of your wife leaving you for your best friend as it is painful to watch, and you get the constant reminder every time they come to town for a visit.

Maybe no other team in the NHL has felt that sting worse than the Calgary Flames in recent years; as four of the five on my list are still effective players for their respective teams right now.

That being said, let us countdown the top five Flames that got away.

5. Dwayne Roloson (Calgary Flames 1996-1998)

Roloson was an undrafted Hobey Baker award nominee and NCAA All-American when the Flames signed him as a free agent in 1994.

Despite putting up decent numbers during a rebuilding phase over two seasons in Calgary(19-30-9, with a 2.89 goals against average), Roloson was moved to the Buffalo Sabres to back up Dominek Hasek, where he would spend two more years.

After being claimed in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, "Rollie ...

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