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DFO: 2019-20 Flames Fantasy Hockey Preview

Our friends over at Daily Faceoff are putting together their annual team-by-team Fantasy Hockey Season Preview posts. Today, we have the Flames.

While they certainly have the makings of a contender, the Flames will be hard-pressed to surpass last year’s win total. Led by a dynamic group of young superstars, Calgary produced over 3.5 goals per game last season. The top-heavy nature of their offense was ultimately their downfall. Calgary had no plan B when their stars went cold in round one against the Avalanche, as Nathan MacKinnon and company upset the Flames in five games.

As far as contenders go, The Flames had what must be considered an underwhelming off-season. Their key additions include:

  • Cam Talbot (UFA): Signed a one-year, $2.75M contract.
  • Milan Lucic (Trade): Acquired for James Neal and a 2020 third-round pick

Calgary also re-signed a pair of key pending free agents:

  • David Rittich (RFA): Signed a two-year, $2.75M AAV extension.
  • Sam Bennett (RFA): Signed a two-year, $2.55M AAV extension.

The core of this contender remains intact, but Calgary might regret not surrounding Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan with more help in the off-season. Depth is clearly the biggest issue with this roster, yet Calgary was surprisingly stagnant when it came to adding role players. By going this route, the Flames are placing a hefty wager on the continued development of internal players like Bennett, Mark Jankowksi, and Andrew Mangiapane.

Read the full post here…

  • Skylardog

    Still have at least two spots available in the draft hockey pool I am running on ESPN’s Fantasy Hockey.

    Entry fee is $25, with $5 trades (2 max) and $2 drops. Should be able to play the full year for between $25 and $55 as a max. You control what you spend, after the $25 entry fee.

    If you are interested, please email me at skylardog@shaw.ca and I will send you a link to get a team.

  • Skylardog

    Interesting that the article talks about some of very concerns with the team that many of us have been talking about on here, namely the lack of top 6 depth. It is also very critical of the lack of moves over the summer to address that depth.

    Sounds an awful lot like a few of the posters on here… Maybe Daily Faceoff staff spend time on FlamesNation. Or is it that the holes and issues are very obvious to everyone except the guy that controls the roster?

    • freethe flames

      Hard to make the needed changes once you “spend unwisely”(Brouwer, Neal/Lucic, Ryan and Czarnik; although we disagree on Ryan) as you say. Also hard to make the changes when there are no trading partners. At this moment the Flames need to allow for internal development(it might be there only option) and that requires juggling the lines (BP’s job). The Valimaki injury makes it highly unlikely that TJ will be traded until the deadline. The job of the players is keep themselves in the hunt.