It was a terrible season for the Calgary Flames. The team finished 19-25-4, traded away Jarome Iginla, saw longtime goalie Miikka Kiprusoff struggle all season and missed the playoffs. Calgary now has two more holes to fill as Roman Cervenka and Anton Babchuk are off to Russia to play next season. Babchuk didn’t play much this season, but Cervenka had nine goals and eight assists in 39 games. The bigger loss is Cervenka, obviously, but now the Flames need to figure out where they are heading as a franchise.
The trade of Iginla was a smart move to make because he deserves a chance to win a Stanley Cup, and he has that chance still alive this season. I’ve said in the past that this isn’t a very young Flames team either, and they need to rebuild from the bottom up. The biggest question for the Flames in my opinion is whether or not they want to trade leading scorer Mike Cammalleri this offseason. He is your perfect high-risk, high-reward player who seems to rise to the challenge. He has a huge salary for next season, though, and the salary cap is going down $6 million around the NHL next year.
If the Flames can find a team that would take Cammalleri and can give them a solid prospect that is ready to contribute next season, Calgary has to make the move. The goalie situation is another storyline worth watching as Kiprusoff has been rumored as considering retirement. If he does, the Flames need a new goalie. There will be a few goalies available who can help, but no matter what is done, the rebuilding process must begin sooner rather than later.