3 Bold Predictions for the Calgary Flames' 2023-24 Season

Welcome to our new predictions series where we'll make three bold predictions for each NHL team next season. From individual point totals, big trades from GM's or Stanley Cup Playoff success, we'll cover it all as we dive into all 32 teams. 

Next up, the Calgary Flames. A team with some serious question marks when it comes to contract extensions and a team with a fresh voice. Gone is Darryl Sutter and all of the trade requests, meanwhile Ryan Huska steps in along with GM Craig Conroy and the duo will look to lead the Flames back into Stanley Cup contention. Here's three bold Flames predictions for next season:

Elias Lindholm is Traded Mid-Season

There's been a lot of chatter around Lindholm's future in Calgary and considering they haven't finalized a deal this summer, the chances of him being dealt have gone way up. Conroy admitted he'll do anything he can to keep Lindholm in the mix. The player however, may have other ideas and if a deal isn't finalized by the end of this calendar year, look for Lindholm to be moved to an eastern conference team.

Noah Hanifin is Traded Mid-Season

Another pending unrestricted free agent, Hanifin has made things loud and clear where he stands. He wants to return to the USA and start his next chapter of his career in America. The mobile defenseman is in the middle of his prime and will fetch a huge return on the trade market. Look for Hanifin to also be dealt to an eastern conference team before the deadline next season. The Flames will want NHL ready plug-and-play assets in both these trades

Jonathan Huberdeau Records 90-Point Season

Huberdeau's first season in Calgary was a brutal failure and it's all because of the limitations Sutter put on him behind the bench. With a fresh voice, new leadership and a newfound zest on the game, 'Huby' will bounce back in a major way next season. After putting up only 55 points in 79 games last season, look for the playmaking winger to once again have a 90-point season in 2023-24.

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