Calgary Flames 2013-14 Season Primer


  • Team Outlook from McKeen’s Hockey Guide:

    After years of trying and failing to squeeze one more playoff run out of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary was finally forced to alter course last season.

    They kicked off a rebuilding effort by trading away Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester last season as they limped toward their fourth consecutive finish without a playoff berth. At the same time, the Flames haven’t gone from a veteran to youthful team overnight. While they are likely to enter 2013-14 with some young and promising players, such as Sven Baertschi, this is a team that still has holdovers from when they were in a win-now mode.

    Either way, this figures to be a painful season for Calgary. While their defense is a source of strength, they lack top-end talent up front. It’s entirely possible that no member of the Flames will cross the 50-point milestone in 2013-14.

    Their goaltending is another area of concern. Assuming Kiprusoff retires as expected, then Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald will probably start the season sharing the netminding duties in Calgary. Given Ramo’s lack of NHL or even recent North American hockey experience and MacDonald’s journeyman status, the situation doesn’t inspire confidence in the short-term.

    So after years of disappointment, the situation in Calgary remains bleak, but with one eye now towards the future, perhaps that will change sooner rather than later.

  • Team Fantasy Outlook from Dobber Hockey’s 2013-14 Fantasy Guide – Over a 150 pages of fantasy goodness:

    Dobber’s lowdown on: David Jones – I’ll preface this blurb by stating outright that I was never a believer nor a fan of Jones. He was too injury prone to ever make any draft list of mine, even after his 27-goal, 45-point season. My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the ridiculous contract that Colorado gave him last year (four years, $16 million). But my strong suit is paying attention to hockey politics and identifying opportunities. In this case, the Flames gave up a lot to get him (one), they are paying him a huge salary (that’s two) and they have little depth up front (bam – trifecta). That’s why he’ll bounce back…to his mediocre self. He’ll have all the ice time and PP time in the world, and his choice of linemates. If he can stay healthy enough to play 70 games then he will score 20 goals again.

    One thing I like about Backlund is that he has ironed out his consistency. He never went four games without a point last year. One thing I don’t like about Backlund is that he is also consistent with getting hurt – missing nine, 41 and 16 games in his last three seasons. Then again, if you can predict that he’ll miss 15 games (which is an easy call) then you can work with that.

    Bärtschi had nine of his 10 points in his last seven games. There was nothing on the line and the kids were getting all the ice time, but still – that’s impressive. He’ll run hot and cold.

    Glencross had 18 points in the 25 games that he played when Backlund was in the lineup. The two played well together, but with Galiardi around I think Glencross slips to a checking line. That’s the tough part of being a good two-way player, sometimes the offensive specialists take the key spots. What this means is that Glencross’s projection could be plus or minus 10 points, depending on how healthy the wingers in the top six remain.

    Of Stajan’s 23 points, 15 of them were earned without any of Iginla, Tanguay or Hudler on the ice. Now that he’s finally being treated like a third-liner instead of a top-sixer, he’s pretty effective there.

    Calgary’s first home game is October 6. If you recall in the summer the arena was flooded and badly damaged. There was some doubt whether it will be ready in time, but team brass promises that it will. However, if they need another week or two, look for some schedule shifting and a disruption of the home/away setup – they may be on the road a lot early on. Probably not, but worth mentioning.

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Additions: D Chad Billins, F T.J. Galiardi, F David Jones, F Josh Jooris, F Corban Knigh, D Shane O’Brien, D Kris Russell

Subtractions: F Akim Aliu, D Anton Babchuk, F Steve Begin, F Bryan Cameron, D Brett Carson, F Roman Cervenka, G Leland Irving, G Miikka Kiprusoff, F Krys Kolanos, D Brady Lamb, F Gaelan Patterson, D Cory Sarich, F Alex Tanguay, G Danny Taylor, F Mike Testwuide, F Ben Walter

Promotion candidates: C Corban Knight, RW Ben Hanowski, C Maxwell Reinhart

 

Player salaries: $50,512,500 (23)
Cap Number: $52,457,918 (23)
Cap Space: $13,223,333
Forwards: $31,412,917 (14)
Defensemen: $17,370,000 (7)
Goalies: $3,765,000 (2)
Source: CapGeek

2013  Draft Results

Forwards
Curtis Glencross – Mikael Backlund – Mike Cammalleri
Sven Baertschi – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
TJ Galiardi – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Tim Jackman – Roman Horak – David Jones
Blair Jones – Brian McGrattan

Defensemen
Mark Giordano – Dennis Wideman
TJ Brodie – Kris Russell
Chris Butler – Shane O’Brien
Derek Smith

Goalies
Karri Ramo
Joey MacDonald

2013 Calgary Flames Draft Results

Rd. Draft # Player Team Pos.
1 6 Sean Monahan Ottawa (OHL) C
1 22 Emile Poirier Gatineau (QMJHL) LW
1 28 Morgan Klimchuk Regina (WHL) C/LW
3 67 Keegan Kanzig Victoria (WHL) D
5 135 Eric Roy Brandon (WHL) D
6 157 Tim Harrison Dexter Prep HS (MA) RW
7 187 Rushan Rafikov Yaroslavl 2 (RUS) D
7 198 John Gilmour Providence H-East D

Calgary Flames Top Prospects

NHL.com Hockey Prospectus Dobber Prospects Hockeys Future The Hockey News
1 Sven Baertschi Sean Monahan Sven Baertschi Sven Baertschi Sean Monahan
2 Sean Monahan Sven Baertschi Sean Monahan Sean Monahan John Gaudreau
3 John Gaudreau Johnny Gaudreau Karri Ramo John Gaudreau Emile Poirier
4 Maxwell Reinhart Corban Knight John Gaudreau Max Reinhart Morgan Klimchuk
5 Corban Knight Morgan Klimchuk Morgan Klimchuk Mark Jankowski Mark Jankowski
6 Morgan Klimchuk Mark Jankowski Markus Granlund Tyler Wotherspoon Patrick Sieloff
7 Mark Jankowski Markus Granlund Mark Jankowski Patrick Sieloff Tyler Wotherspoon
8 Tyler Wotherspoon Jon Gillies Emile Poirier Emile Poirier Mark Cundari
9 Jon Gilles Ben Hanowski Reto Berra Morgan Klimchuk Jon Gilles
10 Bill Arnold Emile Poirier Jon Gillies Jon Gilles Corban Knight

2012-13 Calgary Flames Player Stats

Player
Pos
GP
G
A
P
+/-
PIM
PP
SH
GW
OT
S
S%
Mike Cammalleri
L
44
13
19
32
-15
25
5
0
3
0
102
12.7
Lee Stempniak
R
47
9
23
32
2
12
4
0
2
0
113
8
Alex Tanguay
L
40
11
16
27
-13
22
2
1
1
1
44
25
Jiri Hudler
C
42
10
17
27
-13
22
5
0
0
0
56
17.9
Curtis Glencross
L
40
15
11
26
-8
18
3
1
3
0
92
16.3
Matt Stajan
C
43
5
18
23
7
26
0
0
1
0
44
11.4
Jarome Iginla
R
31
9
13
22
-7
22
2
0
2
0
100
9
Dennis Wideman
D
46
6
16
22
-9
12
4
0
1
0
94
6.4
Roman Cervenka
C
39
9
8
17
-13
14
1
0
0
0
51
17.6
Mikael Backlund
C
32
8
8
16
-6
29
2
0
1
0
88
9.1
Jay Bouwmeester
D
33
6
9
15
-11
16
1
0
0
0
55
10.9
Mark Giordano
D
47
4
11
15
-7
40
1
1
1
1
58
6.9
TJ Brodie
D
47
2
12
14
-9
8
0
0
0
0
44
4.5
Sven Baertschi
L
20
3
7
10
0
6
0
0
0
0
28
10.7
Steve Begin
L
36
4
4
8
-2
22
0
1
2
0
31
12.9
Chris Butler
D
44
1
7
8
-10
19
0
1
0
0
40
2.5
Blake Comeau
L
33
4
3
7
-9
14
0
1
1
0
44
9.1
Roman Horak
L
20
2
5
7
-5
2
0
0
0
0
28
7.1
Tim Jackman
R
42
1
4
5
-9
76
0
0
0
0
42
2.4
Brian McGrattan
R
19
3
0
3
-4
49
0
0
1
0
18
16.7
Max Reinhart
C
11
1
2
3
-3
4
0
0
0
0
26
3.8
Mark Cundari
D
4
1
2
3
-2
2
1
0
0
0
8
12.5
Cory Sarich
D
28
0
2
2
-8
16
0
0
0
0
14
0
Ben Hanowski
R
5
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
25
Derek Smith
D
22
0
1
1
-5
10
0
0
0
0
18
0
Blair Jones
C
15
0
1
1
-6
10
0
0
0
0
22
0
Brett Carson
D
10
0
1
1
-1
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
Anton Babchuk
D
7
0
1
1
-1
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
Ben Street
C
6
0
1
1
-1
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
Paul Byron
C
4
0
1
1
-2
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
Akim Aliu
R
5
0
0
0
-2
14
0
0
0
0
2
0
Carter Bancks
C
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Player
GP
GS
W
L
OT
SA
GA
GAA
Sv
Sv%
SO
G
A
Joey MacDonald
21
17
8
9
1
562
55
2.87
507
0.902
0
0
0
Miikka Kiprusoff
24
24
8
14
2
650
77
3.44
573
0.882
0
0
1
Leland Irving
6
5
2
1
1
128
15
3.33
113
0.883
0
0
1
Daniel Taylor
2
2
1
1
0
68
6
3
62
0.912
0
0
0

Some info, stats and video taken from NHL.com’s 30-in-30 series.

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