Thursday, January 20, 2022

HOW CALGARY FLAMES CAN WIN THE STANLEY CUP

The Calgary Flames have gotten off to a terrific start to the season, but have cooled off since getting off to a red hot start. In order for Calgary to have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup this year, they need to add some pieces to the team. This is how the Calgary Flames could improve their chances to win the Stanley Cup this year.



Needs for the Calgary Flames:

1. Top 4 LD

2. Top 6 Winger

3. Goal Scoring Depth


The biggest weakness of the Calgary Flames is the left side of their defense. Noah Hanifin, Oliver Kylington, and Nikita Zadorov may be good enough for the regular season, but if the Flames are to make a deep playoff run, they need to really improve the left side of their defense and their defense in general. 

Although the Flames have enough goal-scoring from their top 6, it is always a good idea to add a proven veteran player with playoff experience to their top 6. In addition, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have not had great performances in past playoff series, so they will need to add a top 6 winger if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs.

In the Playoffs, goal-scoring depth is very important, so the Calgary Flames need to add some more offensive depth to fill out their lineup. Knowing Darryl Sutter's coaching style, it would be better to get players an gritty, two way forwards, and highly versatile. 


Trades:

Calgary Flames trade Nikita Zadorov, Dillon Dube to the Montreal Canadiens for Ben Chiarot, Tyler Toffoli. Montreal retains 1 million of Tyler Toffoli's annual cap hit.

Calgary Flames add Ben Chiarot to bolster the depth on the left side of their defense and Tyler Toffoli can fill and need in their top 6.

Calgary Flames trade Michael Stone, Brett Ritchie, 4th round pick '23 to the Arizona Coyotes for Johan Larsson

The Flames get Johan Larsson, a versatile 4th line player who can take faceoffs, and chip in on the penalty kill.


This is what the lineup would look like in the playoffs:




J.Gaudreau-E.Lindholm-M.Tkachuk

A.Mangiapane-S.Monahan-T.Toffoli

M.Lucic-M.Backlund-B.Coleman

J.Larsson-B.Richardson-T.Lewis

B.Chiarot-R.Andersson

N.Hanifin-C.Tanev

O.Kylington-E.Gudbranson

J.Markstrom

D.Vladar

 

With the moves made here, this team looks poised to make a deep playoff run and potentially win the Stanley Cup.

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