The 2010-11 campaign for the Calagary Flames was a disappointing one, and while the good news is that some good young players are just about ready to become NHL regulars, the bad news is that the Flames roster will be virtually identical to last year’s.
In goal, Calagry will have Kipper and Karlsson, which is the same tandem used last season. On D, out are Robyn Regehr and Steve Staios, and in are Brett Carson and recently acquired Chris Butler. That’s a downgrade if you ask me. It is assumed that Calgary will be able to bring back UFAs Adam Pardy and Anton Babchuk. Up front, the Flames already have 13 players signed, so barring trades or Nik Hagman signing in Europe, this is how they will line up at the start of the season. Calgary did rank #3 in the West in goals for, so its not a surprise they wanted to have the same group of forwards. If injuries strike, top prospects TJ Brodie (D) and Greg Nemisz (C/RW) will be able to step in and have an impact.
CALGARY FLAMES 2011-12 ROSTER (using CAPGEEK CAP CALCULATOR)
Alex Tanguay ($3.500m) / Olli Jokinen ($3.000m) / Jarome Iginla ($7.000m)
Curtis Glencross ($2.550m) / Matthew Stajan ($3.500m) / Rene Bourque ($3.333m)
Niklas Hagman ($3.000m) / Daymond Langkow ($4.500m) / David Moss ($1.300m)
Tim Jackman ($0.550m) / Mikael Backlund ($1.270m) / Tom Kostopoulos ($0.916m)
Raitis Ivanans ($0.600m)
Jay Bouwmeester ($6.680m) / Mark Giordano ($4.020m)
Adam Pardy ($1.000m est) / Anton Babchuk ($2.500m est)
Chris Butler ($1.000m est) / Cory Sarich ($3.600m)
Brett Carson ($0.575m)
Miikka Kiprusoff ($5.833m) / Henrik Karlsson ($0.862m)
BUYOUTS: Nigel Dawes ($0.141m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000
CAP PAYROLL: $61,233,333
CAP SPACE: $3,066,667
With an aging #1 goalie, a questionable defensive corps and a seemingly overpaid forward group, it doesn’t look like 2011-12 will be a playoff year for the Calgary Flames. Fans need to be patient as Jay Feaster will need a good 2 years minimum to replace the older players with better, younger and cheaper talent. Looks like the Jay Bouwmeester critics will once again be able to point out that he has never played an NHL playoff game in his life.
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Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.