The Calgary Flames 2010-11 season was a rollercoaster ride for players, coaches, staff and fans alike. A slow start that saw the team fall to 14th place in the Western Conference had the city on edge but a miraculous comeback that began near the end of December helped the team climb back into contention for a playoff spot, missing the postseason by a mere four points.
Throughout the up-and-down journey, milestones were reached, highlight-reel plays were made, players set new personal bests and a few prospects made their NHL debuts. Whittling down 20 moments was a tough task but we've managed to put together a list we think encompasses the 2010-11 campaign.
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15. 5 MORE YEARS FOR GIO
Oct. 29, 2010
One of the biggest priorities for the Flames organization in the 2010-11 campaign was getting defenceman Mark Giordano re-signed. The blueliner's growth as player over his first three seasons with the club would have likely made him one of the most sought after free agents this summer and the team did not want to risk losing him to the open market. The two sides met early in the season and were able to get a deal done by Oct. 29. Giordano's contract will keep him in Calgary until the 2015-16 season, averaging out to just over $4 million per year. Locked up long term
14. THE IGGY DANCE
It's always exciting for fans to see Jarome Iginla score at home but midway through the season, it got a little more entertaining thanks to the addition of the Iggy Dance video that played immediately after number 12 lit the lamp. "I think it's pretty funny," the captain chuckled, adding he originally had lobbied for another player (read: Olli Jokinen) to use the dancing clip when he scored. But when his teammates countered and said he should be featured in the clip, he had no choice but to "put my money where my mouth is." The video was an immediate success and will likely be a staple this year in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Iggy's reaction to the Iggy Dance
13. JACKMAN = CROSBY?
One of the biggest surprises of the year was the emergence of Tim Jackman. The gritty winger was signed in the summer of 2010 and many disregarded it as a minor move made by former general manager Darryl Sutter. It turned out to be one of the best bang-for-your-buck contracts signed in the entire NHL last year. Jackman posted new career highs in goals, assists and points and became an invaluable cog in the Flames special teams units. During a hot streak in January, Jackman's teammates hung Sidney Crosby's name plate in his locker as a good-natured practical joke to commemorate his offensive production. He's been called worse
12. BACKLUND'S BEAUTY
Mar. 12, 2011 vs. the Vancouver Canucks
Over the course of the year, fans were able to see the progression of Mickael Backlund's game and on Mar. 12, he capped off his season with one of the best goals we've seen in the 2010-11 season. Veteran forward Mikael Samuelsson tried to get the puck out of the neutral zone but Backlund opted to pressure him and try to gain possession. He managed to steal the puck, push past Samuelsson and backhanded it over Roberto Luongo's glove to open the scoring in fine fashion. Absolutely undressing the 'Nucks
11. SLIDING SAVIOUR
Feb. 25, 2011 vs. the San Jose Sharks
Giordano had his fair share of highlight reel-worthy plays during the 2010-11 season but this incredible display of individual effort has to top the list of our favourite Gio moments. As the Sharks took up residence in the Flames zone, it looked like they had a sure goal thanks to the utter chaos aroud Miikka Kiprusoff but when the netminder found himself on the ice and unable to make it over to the other side of the net, Giordano came sliding to the rescue. In a move you'd expect to see a baseball player use, he dove across the crease and blocked an errant puck from bouncing into the back of the net. Rolling the crease