|2016-17 season: 45-33-4, 94 pints
Lost to Anaheim 4-0 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals
|Head Coach: Glen Gulutzan (2016)|
|4th Place Pacific Division||General Manager: Brad Teliving (2014)|
|7th Place Western Conference||AHL Affiliate: Stockton Heat
ECHL Affiliate: Adirondack Thunder
|Draft Position: Will have the 16th pick in the draft|
|POS||Age||Name||Games Started||W/L Record||Shutouts||GAA||Save %|
Trades Made During the Season
|What They Acquired||Team They Traded With||In Exchange For|
|F Curtis Lazar
D Mike Kostka
|Ottawa Senators||D Jyrki Jokipakka
2017 2nd RD Pick
|D Michael Stone||Arizona Coyotes||2018 3rd RD Pick
Conditional 2018 5th RD Pick
Impending Free Agents
|POS||Age||Name||2016-17 Cap Hit|
- The Flames have just five picks in the upcoming draft, including no picks in the second or third rounds. They have done a good job at drafting in recent seasons as they have hit on a number of their picks. Their roster is now built quite well with a majority of their forward core under the age of 30. They also have more forward prospects waiting in the minors and should get production from them in the future. What they need now is to address their defense which is their biggest weakness in terms of talent and depth. Three of their current regular defensemen are free agents this summer and don’t have a lot of depth in the minors to replace said free agents. I would like to see them pursue a solid puck-moving defenseman in the draft who has the potential to slot into a top four pairing in a few seasons.
What I Said About Them Before the Season
- Prior to the season, I devoted a lot of attention to the goaltending situation in Calgary. I was encouraged by the acquisition of Brian Elliott as well as the signing of Chad Johnson. Both of these goaltenders had experience as starters in their careers and both were better than the goalies Calgary used last season. I was adamant that the Flames needed to sign Johnny Gaudreau to a contract for this season as he has been the team’s main source of offense since he came into the league. I also touched on their decision to draft Matthew Tkachuk, loving the move and believed that if any team could convert his potential into reality it is the Flames. I actually thought that he would be sent back to his junior team this season before becoming a full-time NHLer next season. I projected that Calgary would be a borderline playoff team that could get in as a result of how much easier the Western Conference has become.
- Success – The Flames got back to the playoffs this season after missing them last year. The team’s front office fired head coach Bob Hartley and hired Glen Gulutzan to replace him. Gulutzan has done a very good job in his first season behind the bench. He made the team into an above average team in nearly every category, even if one of these is not in puck possession. He also helped to develop one of the strongest puck controlling lines in all of hockey featuring Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund, and Michael Frolik. The Flames were also to somewhat fix their issues in net this season with Elliott and Johnson but neither are long-term solutions. The Flames didn’t reach their ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup but making the playoffs again after missing them last season is still success. They have a young roster that should only continue to get better as players develop and the front office will have the chance to add pieces to the edges of a strong core. They may have gotten swept in the first round but most eventual championship teams have to lose to a veteran team before finding success in the playoffs.
- The Flames need to make two decisions regarding their goaltending situation: whether they keep one of, both, or neither Elliott or Johnson, and who is going to be their starter beginning next season. I think that they should attempt to acquire Marc-Andre Fleury from Pittsburgh or sign Ben Bishop and then sign Johnson to a multi-year deal to be their backup. They also have just four of their NHL defensemen signed for next season and will need to spend some time and effort addressing this situation. I think that they will make a significant push to re-sign Michael Stone who has worked to create a solid top four and could be really useful going forward if on the roster. Regardless of what they decide to do, the Flames will have plenty of cap space available to make the moves possible.
*All stats and information came from hockey-reference.com, rosterresource.com, spotrac.com, NHL.com, hockeydb.com, capfriendly.com, tsn.ca, and eliteprospects.com*