As the ol’ cliche goes…..as of right now the Flames are tied for first place, right there in the mix for a Stanley Cup. And Y’know what Flames fans? It’s just fine to get excited, becuase this year, there’s legit reason to be.
I’ll skip over the John Gaudreau situation because I expect this to be resolved sooner rather than later. Nuff said. Goaltending? Can’t wait to see the veteran presence and calm Brian Elliot brings to a group that all too often seems worried about what was going on behind them than in what attackers were doing in front of them.
Offensively? Sam Bennett’s a year older. Sean Monahan looks like he’s up a shirt size. Gaudreau will be in the mix. Troy Brouwer adds veteran savvy. Matt Tkachuck? We’ll see…Might need another year to have the body to play his game at the NHL level.
Ya, it’s day one of camp. But right now I’ll say the Flames look to me to be a contender for a 6-8 playoff seed. What’s wrong with a little optimism?