There has been a lot of talk about what’s gone wrong with the Calgary Flames, but there is reason for optimism amid the constant state of chaos that the franchise has been in for more than a calendar year now.
A lot of things didn’t go well for the Calgary Flames in 2022-23. Among other things, for a team where a speedy puck transition game was crucial to their playing style, not having defender Oliver Kylington available for the season was a bit loss.
At times, it can feel like Calgary Flames prospect Topi Ronni is a forgotten man in the minds of fans. The club’s second-round selection in 2022, he was their first pick after they traded their first-rounder to Montreal for Tyler Toffoli.
The Calgary Flames might be the most unpredictable team in the NHL this offseason as they have a new general manager, head coach, and lots of upcoming unrestricted free agents (UFAs) who don’t seem to want to be extended past next offseason.
Most of the trade proposals Calgary Flames fans have been coming up with recently involved acquiring 2023 draft picks. But the draft and free agency has come and gone and the number of teams who can make a deal work for players like Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm, Mikael Backlund and Nikita Zadorov has dwindled.