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The Flames have to go back to the drawing board when it comes to their goaltending. That was a major cause for concern, but the team also needs to improve in the possession department. They also have some massive contracts to get done this year, meaning it will be a busy summer in Calgary.
Johnny Gaudreau remains one of the few bright spots on this roster. The sophomore forward hit 30 goals and is seventh in the NHL with 75 points. His next contract should be a pretty massive one.
Perhaps just going through the motions now, the Flames have lost four of their last six. However, top forward Johnny Gaudreau recently said he hopes he and Sean Monahan can play together for 10 years. Both are due for new contracts this summer.
The Flames have obviously not been very good this season but they still provide a high level of entertainment. If this team can figure things out at goaltender, they have the offensive talent to make something happen again next season.
As the end of this abysmal season draws near, the big question for Flames fans is how expensive will the extensions for Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau be? Very expensive, but worth it. They should have a lot of great years together in Calgary.
If not for the Canadiens, the most disappointing team in the league this season probably would be the Flames. They tried to build the roster up after a strong season last year, but the goaltending continues to struggle. They're in danger of dropping behind the Oilers into last place in the West.
The Flames had a pretty strong deadline. It looks like they fleeced the Stars for Kris Russell, who they weren't going to re-sign anyway. Jyrki Jokipakka has some promise on defense, Brett Pollock is a high-scoring prospect and the second-rounder they got from Dallas could become a first if the Stars reach the conference final. GM Brad Treliving made the most of a tough situation.
It's a disappointing season in Calgary, only made worse by the loss of Kari Ramo for the duration. Brad Treliving has some moves to make to try and gear up for next season. Jiri Hudler should draw significant interest.
Now nine points out of a playoff spot, you have to wonder how long the Flames will wait before trying to offload some pieces. Jiri Hudler is the best trade chip they have right now and he should draw some significant interest.
While not technically dead yet, the likelihood of catching the California teams or sneaking into a wild-card spot are slim. So will the Flames become sellers? If so, what are they willing to part with? They could be a fascinating team at the deadline.
Preseason Power Rankings
The Flames fell flat on their face to start the season in an opening-night loss to the Canucks, but came back to earn an OT win over Vancouver in the next game. The top line of Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler and John Gaudreau is looking strong to start as well.
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