When the summer began for the Calgary Flames, fans were mostly still awash in the afterglow of something foreign around these parts – a playoff run. Not only did they make an appearance, but the unthinkable happened: they won a playoff round.
So this summer’s hand-wringing has mostly been about “Man, if only the Flames could’ve had X” to get them over the top. And after a summer that saw the Flames horrid possession numbers buttressed by the additions of possession mavens Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton, the big question is thus: Were the Flames’ off-season additions enough to convince you they can win again in 2015-16? And if not, what are they missing? What did you want them to do that they didn’t?
I’m anticipating that the most frequent answer to “What are the Flames missing?” will be “cap space.”
But beyond that, I’m fairly pleased with Calgary’s depth throughout their roster, though their cap structure on their blueline does hamper their ability to work youngsters into the line-up unless there’s an injury or departure.