Sunday, February 27, 2011

NHL Trade Deadline: Calgary Flames

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About six weeks ago, most teams in the NHL were probably looking ahead with anticipation to see what gems the Calgary Flames would be offering up for sale at trade deadline time. Not anymore.

With an amazing resurgence -- which coincided with the turfing of general manager Darryl Sutter -- the Flames are among the hottest teams in the league, jockeying for position in the ever-shifting West Division standings. With 70 points in 62 games, Calgary is currently in eighth spot, but just two up on three teams, all of whom have games in hand. So, despite their dramatic turnaround, their situation is still precarious.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who had his own little stretch of mediocrity, is back being the major stopper for the team, while offence has come from varied sources, most recently off the stick of winger Curtis Glencross. Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay have been consistent through this last stretch, while Mark Giordano and Robyn Regehr have anchored the defence steadfastly.

Making the playoffs, after last year's dismal 10th place finish, is paramount.


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