By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on April 17, 2014
The Calgary Flames' farm system is nothing to write home about. They have never drafted first overall and have not qualified for the playoffs since the 2008-09 season. They ranked 23rd in the NHL in GF this past season. Brian Burke was brought in to right the ship. It's time he make a splash in free agency and acquires some talent to surround Sean Monahan with, instilling a competitive air in training camp next September from the onset.
The Boston Bruins are heavily favored to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. If that happens, it could not hurt the Flames to make a passive, yet respectable offer to Iginla for a two-year contract. That way he can retire with the organization he represented well for so many years and possibly give Calgarians another Cup run to cheer about.
The Flames need perimeter goal scorers, especially with Cammalleri's potential departure. Setoguchi could be a bargain for a three-time 20-goal scorer. Plus, Setoguchi grew up in Southern Alberta in a town called Taber, which is only 208 miles away from Calgary. A return to his roots could inspire him to reach the 30-goal threshold again.
Though only 31, Ott is a veteran center but also a versatile enough player to play the wing. He would be an excellent piece to add. His ten seasons in the NHL would be useful towards mentoring the future of the organization, C Sean Monahan. It's important to build around Monahan, but it's also important to promote his growth and development within the game. Surrounding him with veteran players who have winning attitudes is crucial.
Karri Ramo was serviceable in 2014, but he is not yet the caliber of goaltender worthy of net minding a team in the Olympics. Hiller has that on his resume and a .917 career save percentage in the NHL. That number is close to Mikka Kiprusoff's, who is arguably the best goalie to ever wear a Flames jersey. The Flames' Bob Hartley also spent some time coaching professional hockey in Switzerland which is where Hiller hails from.
Moulson will turn 31 over the course of the 2014-15 NHL season. He registered no less than 44 points in his first four years in the NHL, scoring 30+ goals in all but one of those campaigns. His skill and veteran experience would be a great body to have on the ice with Monahan, especially if Cammalleri departs. Originally a high NLL draft selection, if things don't pan out with the Flames, he could always suit up for the Calgary Roughnecks.
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