Calgary's blueline looking elite
Prospect could provide needed boost up the middle
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, moving deeper into the Northwest Division on Monday with the Flames.
Summer Skate -- Calgary Flames
The Flames will aim to make it past the first round of the playoffs for only the second time in the last 20 years, an incredible streak of futility for a team that has usually been competitive. Calgary also will aim to manage its salary cap better than it did last year, when late-season injuries combined with their deadline deals forced the Flames to dress only 15 skaters for some of their final regular-season games. They have made one major pickup in defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who along with Dion Phaneuf now gives the Flames a truly elite first blueline pairing.
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