Calgary Flames Preseason Team Analysis

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Calgary Flames Preseason Team Analysis

Calgary will start this season with 11 players gone from their roster. Let's take a look at what they'll be like this coming season.

 

New Faces

Calgary was busy this offseason, reeling in players like Curtis Glencross, Rene Bourque, Andre Roy, Todd Bertuzzi, and Mike Cammalleri.

Curtis Glencross split last season between Columbus and Edmonton playing in 62 games and recording 25 points. Glencross inked a three-year deal with the Flames.

Rene Bourque was acquired from Chicago in an offseason trade. In Chicago Rene played 62 games and piled up 24 points.

Tough guy Andre Roy signed with Calgary this offseason after playing for Tampa Bay. He played 63 games for the Bolts and had 108 PIM.

Controversial power forward Todd Bertuzzi left the sunny weather of Anaheim and signed with the Flames. Bertuzzi had 40 points last season in 68 games for the Ducks.

The Flames got a real asset in Mike Cammalleri. The 5"9' forward had 47 points in 63 games for the LA Kings. The Flames gave up their first round draft pick of the 2008 draft in the trade that brought Cammalleri to Calgary.

 

Leaving Players

On the way out of Calgary are Owen Nolan, Curtis Joseph, and Kristian Huselius.

Nolan, who provided leadership as well as 32 points last season, signed with the Wild. A comeback season last year had many NHL clubs noticing him.

Joseph returned to the Leafs for the coming season.  "Cujo" will serve as a back-up to Vesa Toskala. Curtis had a record of 3-2-0 in nine games for the Flames.

Kristian Huselius drew interest from many clubs this offseason, but he decided to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Huselius scored 25 goals and added 41 assists for 66 points in 81 games this past season.

Also leaving are Erik Godard (Pittsburgh), Grant Stevenson (Atlanta), Mark Smith, and Stephane Yelle.

 

Forwards

The front unit will be led by captain Jarome Iginla and newcomer Mike Cammalleri. Also in the top six forwards should be Daymond Langkow, Craig Conroy, Todd Bertuzzi, and Rene Bourque.

 

Defense

The top six defense should include:

Dion Phaneuf

Robyn Regehr

Mark Giordano

Adrian Aucoin

Anders Eriksson

Cory Sarich

Dion and Robyn will be the anchors of the D-corp, and the other four are all solid on the back end.

 

Goaltending

Mika Kiprusoff will start and regain himself after an uncharacteristic season. With the departure of Joseph, 25-year-old Curtis McElhinney will serve as back-up goalie.

 

Captaincy

Captain: Jarome Iginla

Alternates: Robyn Regehr

 

Management

General Manager: Darryl Sutter

Head Coach: Mike Keenan

Assistant Coaches: Jim Playfair, Rich Preston, Wayne Fleming, and Rob Cookson

Goaltending Coach: David Marcoux

Head Athletic Trainer: Morris Boyer

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