2013 Record: 19-25-4, 42 points
Where they finished: 4th in the Northwest; 13th in the West; 25th in NHL
Coach: Bob Hartley (2nd season)
Key additions: RW David Jones, LW TJ Galiardi, D Kris Russell, D Shane O’Brien, G Karri Ramo
Key departures: G Miikka Kiprusoff
Mike Cammalleri – Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler
Curtis Glencross – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Sven Baertschi – Sean Monahan - David Jones
TJ Galiardi – Corban Knight – Tim Jackman
Marc Giordano – Chris Butler
TJ Brodie – Dennis Wideman
Kris Russell - Shane O'Brien
Our take: Things could get ugly in Calgary and that’s probably a good thing. With franchise star Jarome Iginla traded last season and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester right behind him, the familiar faces are few and far between.
It’s time to add more talent to the farm system and that process has begun under general manager Jay Feaster. But that also means top free agents won’t give your team a look and the Flames didn’t make any splashy signings this summer. If that means another high draft pick next June then so be it.
With longtime goalie Miikka Kiprusoff likely retiring, Calgary will turn to Karri Ramo, who has spent the past four seasons playing well in Russia after an ugly stint with Tampa Bay early in his NHL career. But it won’t be near enough to lift a rebuilding team into the playoffs in the difficult Western Conference. There’s a ways to go here.
Offseason Grade: D
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: No.