From Five Hole Fanatics:
None of this will be new to regular readers of this space. However, with September finally upon us, I guess it’s time to collate the yarns of my disparate thoughts and articles over the 3 last months into a sort of pre-season preview. It will also help to balance my seeming relentless pessimism with some of the things I like about the team.
What the Flames have:
Calgary’s primary strength is an enviable nucleus of difference makers. Recognizing cornerstone players and signing them to decent contracts has probably been Sutter’s greatest strength as the Flames GM.
1.) Jarome Iginla.
Is the shit. A top 5 forward in this league and signed to be a very reasonable deal (7M/year). Iginla is a boon to the club on and off the ice, both highly competitive yet gregarious and likable. He can play against anyone, drives results at ES and on the PP and can beat the hell out of guys that annoy him. He makes teammates better and strikes fear into the hearts of the opposition. Iginla is the type of guy that helps attract free agents to the organization because other players want to be on his team.
Read the entire entry here.
If you are a Flames fan, this post gives you everything you could ask for.