There are plenty of fans in Calgary who feel that the Flames’ rebuilding project is about two to three years too late. This team should have been trading off assets and bringing in prospects years ago when it became obvious that it was unable to piece together a winner. Last season, the team finally traded top players such as Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline to give those two superstars chances at winning a Stanley Cup before they retired. The Flames are a ways off from contending for the Stanley Cup again, but the building has begun.
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Notable Change #1: Trading for David Jones.
The Colorado Avalanche has a surplus of young scoring talent that will help the team evolve into a competitor over the next few years. A surplus of young talent always means that someone is going to lose out on the numbers game. For Colorado, it was David Jones. The Flames swooped in and picked up Jones in a trade that cost the Flames almost nothing. Jones will get his chance to shine with the Flames and he should be able to make the most of it. David Jones is not going to make fans forget about Jarome Iginla, but he certainly has the talent to make a name for himself on the Calgary roster.
Notable Change #2: Trading Alex Tanguay.
Alex Tanguay has made a career of going back and forth between the Colorado Avalanche and the Calgary Flames. After finishing the third year of his second stint with the Flames, Tanguay was traded to Colorado to start the second chapter of his career with that team. Tanguay is the kind of player who helps bring stability to a locker room, which is why trading him to Colorado was such a surprise. The Flames need some kind of veteran presence in the locker room to help guide all of these young players in their NHL careers. Getting rid of Tanguay surprised the fans in Calgary and the fans in Colorado as well. It could wind up being a bad move that the Flames will wish they had not made.
Notable Change #3: Hiring Brian Burke.
Former Toronto general manager Brian Burke has found a home in Calgary as the President of Hockey Operations. Toronto fans bemoaned the job that Burke was doing, until the team he put together went to the playoffs the year after Burke was fired. Burke is a smart hockey man who understands that it takes time to build a winning team. The Flames are rebuilding and need a guy like Burke to take over and guide them. This could be a significant move by Calgary, provided that the Flames are patient enough to allow the Burke way of doing things to take effect. Burke doesn’t have a lot to work with, but he had the same situation in Toronto and created a winner.
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