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Big Changes Could Be Coming to Calgary Flames Notes Analyst

The Calgary Flames have taken some big swings in the past five seasons. If they don’t produce in 2020-21, could they shake things up?

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In an article entitled “6 big storylines to watch in NHL’s Canadian division Ryan Dixon noted that of all the Canadian NHL teams, the Calgary Flames might be the team most likely to make major changes if things don’t go well early on in the 2020-21 season. What exactly does that mean?

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Specifically, Dixon said, “If things go sideways in Southern Alberta, watch out.” He noted that captain Mark Giordano is 37 years old and general manager Brad Treliving has been shaping and running the team since 2015. Hinting that he’s taken some huge swings in an attempt to improve the team, whatever his vision for the team is, doesn’t seem to have come true.

The guy expected to produce the most points, Johnny Gaudreau has had all sorts of trade rumors surrounding him in the past calendar year and he becomes a UFA in 18 months. Dixon argues he may be the best player in the NHL who is consistently embroiled in trade talks — although, we might give the edge recently to Patrik Laine.

This offseason, Treliving really swung for the fences when he signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a six-year, $6 million contract. If Markstrom struggles, the Flames will have egg all over their face considering this was an offseason where very few big deals were handed out.

All said, Dixon notes, “if Calgary shows poorly this season, everything will be on the table.”

Flames Don’t Seem Concerned

While Dixon notes that the Flames could be a team that shakes things up, the Flames are looking forward to being in the North Division against the six other Canadian teams. Matthew Tkachuk said, “How great will that be for hockey?” He, in particular is looking forward to rivalries with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. These teams will play each other 10 times this season.

Calgary will go into the season as most teams do, with high expectations. They may not be considered a favorite in the division, but this is an off season where predictions are going to be difficult to get correct.

And, it will be interesting to see if teams respond quickly and make rash decisions, or if they discuss how odd the season is internally and show a bit more patience.

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