As the Flames enter into the 2009-10 season, there are five burning question surrounding this year's edition of the Calgary Flames.
Let's take a look at the issues that the Sutter brothers and the rest of the coaching staff will have to answer.
They center around Kiprusoff, their offense, the new coaching staff, their of prospects, and an old face at this year's training camp.
Currently, the Flames have 23 players on one-way contracts and their salary cap hit is currently sitting at $55.38 million.
Backlund's cap hit is $1,270,833, so do the Flames risk losing a player on waivers just to have the 20-year-old Swedish-born winger start his first North American professional season in the NHL?
With the NHL's reinstatement of Theo Fleury after a seven-year absence, can Fleury make a huge impact in the NHL again?
Until last season, Fleury was the Flames' franchise leader in goals and points.
Has Fleury put his demons behind him, and can he still play at a third or fourth line level in the NHL?
Brent Sutter is a Memorial Cup-winning coach, a two-time WJC gold medal-winning coach, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion player with the N.Y. Islanders, and he led a New Jersey Devil team to a division title without Martin Brodeur for four months during last season.
The Flames will be expecting more from Nystrom, Boyd, Dawes, Pardy, and Sjostrom in order to replace the departures of Cammalleri, Bertuzzi, and Aucoin.
Since coming back from the lockout, Kiprusoff has averaged 75 appearances and 41 wins a season. Unfortunately, his GAA has increased every year from 2.07 to 2.84. His save percentage has decreased from .923 to .903.
Under Sutter's system, he should face fewer shots per game. In 2005-06, he averaged 28.4, and over the past three seasons that average has increased to 31.1. That means an extra 205 shots a season.