5 Calgary Flames Players Who Won’t Be Back In 2014

5 Calgary Flames Players Who Won't Be Back In 2014

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The Calgary Flames are going to be one of the more wealthy teams come this offseason. With a relatively bright prospect pool, the franchise looks like a decent destination for free agents in a year or two. Unfortunately, the current situation does not seem right for a few players. Do not expect to see any of these five players back next season.

5. RW, Kevin Westgarth

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5. RW, Kevin Westgarth

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Bringing back a player like Kevin Westgarth would be pointless. He has never played a full season. In 48 games this past year, he only finished with seven points. At 30 years old, the Flames would be better off giving one of their younger guys a shot.

4. G, Joey MacDonald

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4. G, Joey MacDonald

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Bringing back Joey MacDonald would also be pointless. He posted a 2.90 GAA in nine starts this season, but Joni Ortio posted a 2.51 GAA in the same number of starts. MacDonald is 34 years old while Ortio is merely 23. It just makes more sense to give Ortio his shot as the main backup and try and prove himself.

3. C, Lance Bouma

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3. C, Lance Bouma

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Lance Bouma's situation is a shame. He actually is not the worst of players, but he is so far down on the Flames' depth chart at center that bringing him back just would not make sense.

2. D, Chris Butler

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2. D, Chris Butler

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Chris Butler finished second in the NHL for blocked shots this past season (211). Somebody is going to outbid Calgary for his services.

1. C, Mike Cammalleri

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1. C, Mike Cammalleri

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Mike Cammalleri fits a whole lot better in other systems, and those other systems are willing to pay him. In 63 games this past season, Cammalleri scored 26 goals. Eight of those goals ended up being game-winners. Again, he will probably be overpaid by another team, something that is not in the Flames' best interest right now. You can't blame Cammalleri for not wanting to return.

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