The Calgary Flames likely aren’t going to be contenders in 2013-14, or even a bit beyond that. This is an organization seeing a pretty large overhaul and trying to build up their organizational depth before they can truly take a step forward. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t improved.
In fact, the Flames have actually put themselves in a position to be tougher to play against next season, with a couple of their recent additions. Of course, tougher to play against doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll string together any sort of consistency, but playing in Calgary won’t be the easy two points that it has been.
That’s due to the presence of two recently acquired forwards. The Flames went out and sent Alex Tanguay to Colorado in exchange for David Jones, while also acquiring, and signing, T.J. Galiardi, surrendering a later round draft pick in that deal.
These deals aren’t going to lead to an outpouring of offensive production. Jones is coming off of a pretty terrible offensive season and Galiardi hasn’t put up decent offensive numbers since the 2009-2010 season. But the presence of the two will upgrade the Flames’ roster, nonetheless.
In Jones and Galiardi, you get a couple of hard-nosed players up front that aren’t exactly an easy matchup. Jones is a physical guy and a big body up front, capable of playing down around the net and in the corners. The same could be said of Galiardi, though he doesn’t lay the lumber quite as much as Jones does.
If Jones can return to his 20-goal form that he flashed in the two seasons prior to 2013, and Galiardi can add 30 or 40 points to the mix, which is his upside, the Flames may have gotten very good deals for each of them. But regardless of what the production ends up looking like, Jones and Galiardi do make the Flames a tougher team to play against.