Today is day four in FanSided’s 30 in 30 series meaning it is Calgary Flames day. Calgary is home to my guilty pleasure favorite player from a rival team, Jerome Iginla, home to my least favorite player not names Todd Bertuzzi, Olli Jokinen, and home to some ex-Avs, Alex Tanguay, Scott Hannan, and Ben Walter (who may not be familiar to you but he rocked on Lake Erie last season).
Here is what Flame for Thought had to say about their chances this season:
When Feaster took over last season on an interim basis, he began cultivating a different culture in the locker room and around the organization. We saw the team benefit from that in the back-half of last year when they pushed within 3 points of squeezing in the 8th playoff spot. Everyone had they written off by mid-season. While Feaster did a fantastic job this off-season, in the draft, and with freeing up cap-space, the Western Conference is ridiculously tough and will be better this year. They will be a bubble team again this season and if I were a betting man, I’d peg them between 8th and 10th. If they do reach the playoffs, it will hing on staying healthy. While Jarome Iginla is always going to show-up, Brent Sutter needs maximum efficiency from his role players. A few of those names are Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Mikael Backlund and David Moss.
The rest of Calgarys season preview can be seen here.
The Flames-Avalanche rivalry has always been one I’ve greatly enjoyed and over the last few years it has gotten even better with the two teams being so close in caliber. Lucky for us these two teams are in the same division so we get to see them play six times.
- 10/26/11 @ Calgary
- 11/06/11 @ Colorado
- 11/12/11 @ Colorado
- 12/08/11 @ Calgary
- 03/20/12 @ Colorado
- 03/30/12 @ Calgary