May 27th, 2024

Flames want to promote their team as a desirable destination for NHL players

By The Canadian Press on April 19, 2024.

San Jose Sharks defenceman Calen Addison (33) checks Calgary Flames forward Martin Pospisil (76) as goalie Devin Cooley (1) follows the play during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Thursday, April 18, 2024. Winning more games and the construction of a new arena will convince more NHL players that Calgary is a desirable place to play, some Flames say as they head for the exits.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Winning more games and the construction of a new arena will convince more NHL players that Calgary is a desirable place to play, some Flames say as they head for the exits.

Calgary finished 17 points out of a playoff spot this season with a record of 38-39-5, and missed the post-season a second straight year.

A slow start to the season combined with big-name pending free agents not signing contract extensions produced midseason lineup changes that hampered the club’s progress.

Other players such as Tyler Toffoli, Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau have headed for other markets in the last two years, although Nazem Kadri signed as a free agent two seasons ago.

Defenceman MacKenzie Weegar says a winning culture and making playoffs can help lift what he calls the black cloud over the Flames.

The city and the Flames have an agreement in place for a new arena to replace the Saddledome, which is the oldest NHL building behind New York’s Madison Square Garden, but shovels are not yet in the ground.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2024.

Share this story:

8
-7
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments