August 23 2014 11:45AM
We're roughly a month from the beginning of the NHL's pre-season schedule and six weeks or so before the regular season. The off-season is winding down.
This week's Weekend Open Thread poses a simple question: Based on the moves the Calgary Flames have made, are you full of dread or optimism about the upcoming season?
Reasons for dread include: the departures of Lee Stempniak and Mike Cammalleri, the acquisition of Deryk Engelland, and the general sense that the team may struggle to score goals.
Reasons for optimism include: the continued emergence of the young prospects, the acquisitions of Mason Raymond and Jonas Hiller (giving the team a big upgrade in net), and the prospect of getting a really good draft choice such as Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid or Noah Hanifin.
What dominates for you? Dread or optimism?