Summer Skate: Calgary Flames
The offense looks to be better, but an injury to Kiprusoff could bury them
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Calgary Flames
Last year, virtually every Flame welcomed new coach Brent Sutter with underachievement. Even blue-chippers like Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla struggled through the season, eventually prompting the coach's older brother, GM Darryl, to make some blockbuster trades in an ultimately failed attempt to kick-start their offense and make the playoffs. Rather than making wholesale changes this summer, the Flames decided to bring back old stars like Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen, hoping that the veteran squad can pull off at least one more great season.
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2010 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2010-11.