Fansided 30 in 30: Buffalo Sabres / Calgary Flames Preview

In keeping with our quest to size up the competition, our alphabetically released order features one of the Canucks’ Northwest division rivals, the Calgary Flames.  Also on deck are the new-look Buffalo Sabres, complete with a new owner and, an ex-Canuck, Christian Ehrhoff.

Ryan Patrick of “Flame for Thought” examines the Calgary Flames chances of making the post-season this year:

“If you don’t follow the Calgary Flames that closely, you’d probably be hard-pressed to recognize the differences between last year’s team and the team heading into 2011-12. Not to say freshly announced GM Jay Feaster hasn’t done anything, in fact he played an absolute perfect hand in a very tight salary cap situation. He shipped away guys like Ales KotalikRobyn Regehr andDaymond Langkow, all who had large contracts they weren’t performing up to. He also locked upCurtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay to long-term deals and brought in a mix of youth and veteran presence on the blueline. In the end, the Flames now have a little over $3.6 million in cap-space heading into the season, and Feaster has made it abundantly clear he’s willing to spend that money to improve the team. Whether or not Calgary’s off-season roster tweaks can push them into a playoff spot in the insanely competitive Western conference remains to be seen.”

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Timothy Redinger from “Sabre Noise” examines the many new faces in the Buffalo line-up, as well as some of the departures, and what it all means for Sabres fans.   Don’t miss a moment of the excitement as Fansided delves into the upcoming NHL season.

“It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were writing a eulogy for the 2010-2011 Buffalo Sabres, and here we are writing the preview for the next year.  How much has changed?  Everything.  It started with a culture change, and now from the locker room out, the Buffalo Sabres enter next year as the first full season with a truly committed ownership group that is determined to not only bring a championship to the city of Buffalo, but to create a hockey nirvana in the Nickel City.”

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