Flames Keen On Not Making Same Big Mistake

This is the first season of Craig Conroy as general manager and Ryan Huska as head coach of the Calgary Flames, and they have their work cut out for them heading into this important season. Questions still surround the team, such as who is going to be there when the season starts, who wants to stick around long-term, and will the team make a return to the postseason.

The Flames felt the effects of Johnny Gaudreau making a last-minute decision and leaving last offseason in free agency and Conroy doesn't want to see that happen again. Tyler Toffoli was traded already, eliminating the chance of the team losing him for nothing. But there are still lots of players left to deal with and avoid the same mistake.

The most notable names that would hurt the Flames the most if they walked in free agency are Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin, but the team also has to deal with Mikael Backlund, Chris Tanev, Nikita Zadorov, and Oliver Kylington as well. Lindholm and Hanifin don't seem keen on staying long-term right now, but things could change. Conroy had stated that it doesn't make sense to enter the season with so many pending free agents, and the way the season goes will surely determine how the Flames look next year.

Those comments still make it possible that the Flames aren't yet done making trades this offseason, but the trade deadline could be a massive win/fail for the organization.

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