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2013 Flames Preview: Fire Starter

Zach Kukkonen

Zach Kukkonen

Zach Kukkonen writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

After a third season of contending in the first half of the season only to fade down the stretch, the Flames finally decided to blow things up and start over.

Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, the centerpieces of the franchise for so long, are gone. Veteran defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Cory Sarich were shipped off in trades, as was assist machine Alex Tanguay.

So now begins a new chapter in Calgary Flames lore, and it may not be a pretty opening season. The goalie situation is up in the air with career backup Joey MacDonald and KHL stud Karri Ramo likely to compete for the starting job, and the roster is full of unproven talent. While the situation should improve in the next couple seasons as the Flames rebuild, 2013-14 is going to be a struggle.

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