NEW FACES IN THE FLAMES LINEUP
They comprise Calgary's newest faces, and they've been tasked with helping the team get back on the winning track.
The likes of David Jones, Shane O'Brien, TJ Galiardi and Kris Russell have all been acquired by general manager Jay Feaster in three separate offseason trades with the hopes that they can not only provide a bit of a spark to a lineup that finished near the bottom of the Western Conference a season ago.
They're new, but by no means are they rookies in bringing over 1300 games of National Hockey League experience to a Flames roster that will have a decidedly younger tone to it in the 2013-14 season.
CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Left Wing - CGY
Goals: 5 | Assists: 9 | Pts: 14
Shots: 68 | +/-: 1
- A local boy and former member of the Calgary Hitmen, Galiardi came to the Flames via a July trade with the San Jose Sharks and promptly signed with the club. The 25-year-old had five goals and 14 points in 36 games with the Sharks this season, but his most impressive contribution came in the Sharks' playoff effort. The multi-tasking forward can play all three forward positions and is expected to start the season down the middle for the Flames.
Right Wing - CGY
Goals: 3 | Assists: 6 | Pts: 9
Shots: 62 | +/-: -11
- Jones comes to the Flames with a scoring pedigree, having registered two 20-goal seasons in the past three years -- including a career high 27 goals in 2010-11. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound 29-year-old brings size, grit and a scoring touch to Calgary's forward corps after spending parts of six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche.
Defense - CGY
Goals: 0 | Assists: 4 | Pts: 4
Shots: 28 | +/-: E
- O'Brien, who came to Calgary alongside Jones in the deal that sent Alex Tanguay
and Cory Sarich
to the Colorado Avalanche, gives the Flames some snarl on the blueline. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has amassed 853 penalty minutes in his 483 game NHL career -- exactly the reason he's found a home on Calgary's roster.
Keep an eye on… - Brought in from the St. Louis Blues, Russell has the opportunity to provide some pop of his own on the point, but in an offensive capacity. The 5-foot-10, 173-pound rearguard has recorded 20-plus points in three of his six seasons in the NHL….Rookies Corban Knight and Chad Billins also stand a chance of contributing, while goaltenders Karri Ramo and Reto Berra push a competitive battle in the crease.