Commentary

Summer Skate: Calgary Flames

The offense looks to be better, but an injury to Kiprusoff could bury them

Originally Published: September 16, 2010
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Calgary Flames

Last year, virtually every Flame welcomed new coach Brent Sutter with underachievement. Even blue-chippers like Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla struggled through the season, eventually prompting the coach's older brother, GM Darryl, to make some blockbuster trades in an ultimately failed attempt to kick-start their offense and make the playoffs. Rather than making wholesale changes this summer, the Flames decided to bring back old stars like Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen, hoping that the veteran squad can pull off at least one more great season.