Calgary hopes to build on success
If Calgary plays with the same determination and intensity next season it will be a team to be reckoned with.
Updated: June 8, 2004, 5:46 PM ETBy Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Hours before the Calgary Flames' season opener in Vancouver on Oct. 9, newly appointed captain Jarome Iginla said he thought that this would be the best season of his career.
Statistically it was his second-best season with 41 goals and 73 points, and although he didn't score as many points and didn't win the Art Ross Trophy as he did in 2001-02 (52 goals and 96 points), Iginla was right on the mark.
The 6-1, 208-pound power forward proved he can be an unstoppable force with a remarkable postseason following his second Maurice "The Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL leader in goals. His breakthrough postseason prompted many to say he's the best player in the world today and at 26, the superstar is still getting better.
Youngster Oleg Saprykin should continue to get better.