The Calgary Flames finally committed to a full-scale rebuild before the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, and it could lead to plenty of young players receiving the opportunity to log important minutes in 2013-14.
Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester were traded, and Miikka Kiprusoff may retire with one season left on his contract. General manager Jay Feaster acquired David Jones, TJ Galiardi, Kris Russell and Shane O'Brien in trades during the offseason. Goaltender Karri Ramo, who has spent the past four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, was the team's biggest free-agent addition.
Calgary likely will be predicted to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and if the Flames don't surprise and make a run at a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, another high draft pick would infuse more talent into the rebuild. The Flames need 2013 first-round pick Sean Monahan and 2011 picks Sven Baertschi and Johnny Gaudreau to develop; Calgary hasn't drafted and developed an impact player since Dion Phaneuf in 2003.