Preview: Like on a roller coaster. Calgary did not get bored!

Preview: Like on a roller coaster. Calgary did not get bored!
Preview: Like on a roller coaster. Calgary did not get bored!

Another day, another guide to NHL teams. The season is fast approaching, today we take a look at Calgary. It experienced not only a bittersweet season, but also the period after it. Flames fans really didn’t get bored, and if there was any fanbase in the league whose emotions got the better of them, it was Calgary’s.

Basic part? That was a big drive by Calgary. At first, the unremarkable team turned out to be one of the most interesting teams, and in the entire Western Conference, apart from the sovereign from Colorado and the strong Minnesota, you could not find a better team.

In the playoffs, however, a tough decision came. Probably no one would be surprised if he came in the first round, saved by Johnny Gaudreau in overtime of the seventh game. However, in the following round, in a highly anticipated clash with the Oilers, Calgary fell, defeating their rival in just one game. What is the conclusion? Dropping out was generally considered a failure.

Turbulent summer

Otherwise, it’s probably impossible to write. The summer they had in Calgary was incredible. The departures of the biggest stars, great anger, touching farewells, but also welcoming new faces, injecting optimism into the veins and finally looking forward to the season. As we wrote, Flames fans have had it all.

The main chapter at first was the departure of Johnny Gaudreau. The biggest star the organization has had in recent years decided to leave literally at five minutes to twelve. She left the giant package on the table and headed to the market.

The fans were very unhappy with this decision, which is not surprising. And if they resented this, how did they feel about the decision of Matthew Tkachuk, who decided to sulk and wanted to leave by sheer force of will. Either now or in a year. Calgary was not a topic for him.

And so came the biggest exchange in recent years. There were several moves, but the key was Tkachuk heading to Florida and the elite and star Jonathan Huberdeau going the other way with defenseman Mackenzie Weegar. While a long-term and rich contract has already been signed with the first-named, negotiations are still underway with the defender. But he should stay too.

To top it all off, the Flames snagged perhaps the second biggest fish in the free agent pond, namely Stanley Cup champion Nazem Kadri. Views of the team at the end of July and subsequently at the end of August could not have been more different.

A comprehensive team

Thanks to excellent managerial work, the Flames went from sadness to a wave of euphoria again. And they can hope for great results. Their team is extremely complex and you can expect anything short of a long playoff run to be a failure.

In goal is the star Markström and the proven Vladař. In the defense, the league’s shattered names are lined up – Hanifin, Andersson, Tanev, Zadorov, Weegar and Kylington.

And the attack? Well, admit it yourself. In addition to Huberdeau, with an overview of a hundred-point player, and Kadri, an excellent center, they managed to keep Mangiapane, and there are regulars such as Toffoli, Lindholm, Backlund and Coleman.

Editor’s tip

Flames general manager Brad Treliving probably didn’t get much sleep over the summer, but now he can rub his hands together. He couldn’t do much more, now the burden is on the coach and his charges themselves. The Flames should have no problem advancing from their division, with only the Oilers and Golden Knights threatening in it. When everything comes together, the conference finals shouldn’t be unrealistic.

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