2013-14 Season Preview: Calgary Flames



Regular Season:  Out of the playoff race early, the Flames cleaned house, dealing Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline.  They went on to finish 13th in the West, 13 points out of the playoffs.

Playoffs:  n/a

Apr 17, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley and bench during timeout during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports


Out:  F Alex Tanguay, D Cory Sarich, D Anton Babchuk, G Miikka Kiprusoff

In:  F David Jones, F TJ Galiardi, D Shane O’Brien, D Kris Russell

Ready To Make The Jump: C Sean Monahan


1.  How low is rock bottom?:  The rebuild in Calgary was initiated with the trade of Iginla to the Penguins. Some would argue that it came a year or two too late, and now they are without arguably their biggest name forward, defenseman and goalie from the past few years.

2. Monahan for Calder?: The Flames haven’t had a legitimate #1 centre since they traded Joe Nieuwendyk for Iginla.  Monahan could be that player, and it could start right away.  His circumstances could lead him to be in contention for the rookie of the year, and in my mind becomes the instant top pivot on the roster.

3.  Fear the Feaster:  GM Jay Feaster fumbled a lot of things during the past season – The Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, the Iginla to Boston Pittsburgh trade.  Does he have enough respect among his bosses as well as his fellow GMs to properly rebuild the franchise from the ground up, or are his days in Cow-town numbered?

PROGNOSIS:  While Feaster has been quoted saying the Flames upper management expects a return to the playoffs, I hope it didn’t mean anytime soon.  The Flames are likely to get worse before they get better, especially with a very inexperienced goalie (Karri Ramo) backed up by a career backup (Joey MacDonald) manning the crease.

PREDICTION:  The Flames will be out of it early.  7th in the Pacific Division.

We will be previewing every NHL team ahead of Training Camp which for most teams will begin on Sept 11th.  As a twist, we will be unveiling our teams in reverse order to how I predict they will finish in the standings.  Here is the schedule (you can click on a team name to see the preview for that team):

Predicted FinishAtlanticMetropolitanCentralPacific
1Sept 9Sept 8Sept 7Sept 6
2Sept 5Sept 4Sept 3Sept 2
3Sept 1Aug 31Aug 30Aug 29
4Aug 28Aug 27Aug 26Aug 25
5Aug 24Aug 23Aug 22Aug 21
6Aug 20Aug 19Aug 18Aug 17
7Aug 16Aug 15Aug 14Flames