Calgary Flames Offseason Preview Part 5


Calgary FlamesThe fifth and final part to my Calgary Flames Offseason Preview examines the masked men who stand guard in the blue paint. The goaltending picture in the hallows of Flameland are pretty much decided, so this will probably end up being my shortest Flames post yet. However, I will still take a look at the tendies who are hiding out in the minors.

Returning Players (listed in order from highest to lowest 2009-10 cap hit)

  1. Miikka Kiprusoff (45W, 2.84 GAA, .903 SV% in 76 GP) $5.83m
  2. Curtis McElhinney (1W, 3.59 GAA, .889 SV% in 14 GP) $0.535m

With these two netminders locked up and under contract (Kiprusoff through 2013-14, and McElhinney through 2010-11) the goaltending situation with the big club is set. Kiprusoff had a career high in wins during 2008-09, but other than that his GAA and SV% numbers were less than stellar. This is due largely in part to a spotty defense playing in front of him (23rd in the NHL in GA). Kiprusoff has lightning quick reflexes, and still possesses the ability to be a gamebreaking goalie who will steal a win for the Flames. Darryl Sutter noted that Kiprusoff was overplayed and fatigued during the homestretch of the regular season, and stretching into the playoffs. Expect to see McElhinney start more games in 2009-10. He will be given the opportunity to prove his worth. More than likely he will see at least 10-15 starts.

Farm Hands

  1. Leland Irving
  2. Matt Keetley

Leland Irving will be the man with everything to lose in Abbotsford of the AHL this season. The former first-round draft pick has been dubbed as the Flames goaltender of the future. However, over the past few seasons his development has stalled and his play has slipped. Matt Keetley has shown flashes of brilliance in the minors, but do not expect him to make a big jump anytime soon. The starting job will be Irving’s to lose.

Pending Free Agents

None

On The Market a list of 3 free agents who could fit the budget/ fill holes on the Flames roster (listed in order from highest to lowest 2008-09 salary)

  1. Yann Danis NYI $0.55m
  2. Dany Sabourin EDM $0.525m
  3. Joey MacDonald NYI $0.5m

At this point in time, the Flames may wish to add depth to the organizational charts by bringing in a veteran keeper who isn’t quite a full-time NHL netminder, but would bring a good balance and leadership presence to the farm club. The three netminders above are all players who could bring those qualities, but could also prove to be capable call-ups if necessary. This type of move should not be high on Darryl Sutter’s priority list, however additional depth is never a bad thing to have.

That concludes my Calgary Flames Offseason Preview. Thanks to nhlnumbers.com, sportscity.com, calgaryflames.com, and hockeydb.com for the continued use of their resources throughout this preview. Look out following the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from Montreal for a summary of all that goes down in relation to the Calgary Flames, including draft summaries and NHL trade round-ups. With that I leave you with one more video today. I came across it and it brought me to reminisce on good times past. Will Flames fans be in for a similar run in 2009-10? Only time will tell.

-m.o.b.

~ by manovrboard on June 24, 2009.

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