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Hey guys, who’s excited for the opening of “” this afternoon? Obviously, I am a new blogger for the hockey house team, and am I excited! Since this is my first post, I would really appreciate it if you guys can go easy on me.
The topic today is the Calgary Flames, will they be able to start the season the way they ended last year going on that big 25-11-9 record to end the year falling just 3 points shy of 8th place?

My answer is yes, and let me tell you why. The reason I believe the Flames will be able to make the playoffs this year is not only because of their big run late last season, not only because of the duo of Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla, but because of the duo of Miikka Kiprusoff and Henrik Karlsson. If Jay Feaster keeps his word, Kiprusoff should only play between 60-65 games this year which should help him with his play with Karlsson getting the other 17-22 games. Reason I believe this will help the Flames is because of Kiprusoff’s age, at 34 (turning 35 in late October), Kiprusoff isn’t getting any younger so playing 70+ games a year wears him down very fast during the season. Karlsson, on the other hand, has been able to show that he can be a great back up goaltender in the league, so he should be able to carry the Flames to an extra 8-10 wins easily if he plays the way he did last year. Here are the Flames trades, signings, and subtractions of the off-season…

Trades: D Tim Erixon and a 2011 5th round draft pick to the New York Rangers in exchange for F Roman Horak and 2 2011 2nd round draft picks. D Robyn Regehr, F Ales Kotalik and a 2012 2nd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for D Chris Butler and F Paul Byron. D Keith Seabrook to the Florida Panthers in exchange for D Jordan Henry. 2012 5th round pick to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for F Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. F Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for F Lee Stempniak.

Free Agent Signings: D Scott Hannan (1yr/$1M). F Guillaume Desbiens (1yr/$525K)

Players gone due to Free Agency or Retirement: D Adam Pardy (Stars), D Matt Pelech (Sharks), D Steve Staios (Islanders), F Fredrik Modin (Retirement).

Make no doubt about it, the Flames have a roster that should easily help them get into the playoffs. You answer; Will the Calgary Flames make the playoffs this year?


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