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    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:32 pm

    What are your thoughts on this guys? I personally feel he's pretty bang on. I went to a few Flames games last year and if not for the terrible injury bug they would have made some noise last season. I'm pretty happy with the changes they made outside of having to lose Dougie Hamilton to make some of the moves happen.

    MISSED PLAYOFFS IN 2017-18, COULD MAKE IN 2018-19

    1. Calgary Flames (My projection: second in Pacific Division, fourth in West)

    An aggressive prediction, yes. Even if the Flames had kept their exact roster from this past season, I wouldve been bullish on their chances at a rebound in 2018-19. They endured horrible injury luck this past season. Mike Smith was probably the teams MVP before he got hurt, 23-16-6, with a .921 save percentage, and was terrible upon returning, going 2-6-0 with an .880 SP. T.J. Brodie and Matthew Tkachuk sustained concussions. Sean Monahan needed four surgeries this off-season to repair his battered body. Better health alone would thus make me optimistic about the Flames getting back to the playoffs. With Monahan, Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano leading the way, the Flames dont hurt for talent when theyre healthy.

    And now theyve significantly increased the overall talent on their roster yes, even though they surrendered the best player in the Dougie Hamilton trade. Noah Hanifin isnt as good as Hamilton right now, but Hanifin is still only 21 and has plenty of time to grow into a top-pair blueliner. Elias Lindholm, also coming over in the blockbuster deal with Carolina, has a much higher ceiling than the departed Micheal Ferland. James Neal, signed as a UFA, brings 25 goals or more to the fray. The Flames now have their best options ever to play with Gaudreau and Monahan, whether Neal, Lindholm or even Tkachuk gets tabbed for the job. To top it off, the Flames signed underrated two-way pivot Derek Ryan to center their third line and they have a new coach in Bill Peters.

    No team has improved itself more this off-season in my opinion. I dont merely like the Flames to get back in the playoffs I like them to compete for the Pacific Division crown.

    - Matt Larken

    https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/three-playoff-teams-who-could-miss-in-2018-19-and-three-non-playoff-teams-who-could-get-in


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    Re: Hockey News prediction

    Post by Lagoon on Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:13 pm

    I echo all that pretty much. Ive got Smith, Gaudreau, Backlund and Giordano on one of my 24 man fantasy rosters.
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    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:20 pm

    It should be noted that this was written in July so the statement "No team has improved itself more this off-season in my opinion." was made before some major moves.


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    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:32 am

    The biggest issue I see with the Flames is in goal. Everything rests on Smith. He gets injured again or has struggles they're doomed. They didn't address the backup situation adequately IMO. I have zero confidence in their options as backup especially if Smith is injured.


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    Post by wprager on Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:39 am

    Four off season surgeries? That's not good. Giordano and Gaudreau are undersized and not immune from injuries. How will Tkachuk do after a concussion? Plus the other teams in the West haven't exactly been standing pat.


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    Post by PTFlea on Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:22 pm

    Yeah, they'll be fighting for 8th and be lucky to get in.
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    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:06 pm

    Health will play a big part for sure.


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    Post by PTFlea on Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:12 am

    Meh. Healthy, not healthy, they're in tough.

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