NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Simply competing isn't going to be enough for the Calgary Flames in 2014-15.
Though the Flames continue their rebuilding project, coach Bob Hartley is demanding more.
"Progress is a big word right now in our vocabulary," said Hartley, who guided the Flames to a 35-40-7 record last season, good for 27th in the League standings. "We really want to make the next step, but at the same time I want this to be a giant step. I really believe that despite the fact that we're going to read everywhere that we're going to be ranked anywhere between 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th in the League by all the experts, I really believe that we can be a [Stanley Cup] Playoff team."
The Flames haven't skated beyond the regular season since 2009. Plenty will need to go Calgary's way in order to reach Hartley’s goal: