Technically, the Calgary Flames are an NHL team, and thus, I must cover them, even if they are the least interesting team in the league. Finally, the Flames decided to stop chasing the eighth seed in the West, and in trading away the beloved Jarome Iginla, and Jay Bouwmeester, who was also there, they signaled a true rebuild. Of course, that means they are in step one of said rebound, and they haven't even gotten the fun of having a top draft pick yet.
Here's a fun game to play: Name a Calgary Flame. Just one. Unless you are a Lee Stempniak enthusiast, you may have failed. This is an ugly roster. Mark Giordano is a good defenseman, sure, as is the overpaid Dennis Wideman. Jiri Hudler and Mike Cammalleri are solid forwards, but just look at everybody else, especially their centers. This isn't a team with many notable prospects, either. How excited can one get for Sven Baertschi or Ben Hanowski? Also, Karri Ramo may be the starting goalie for this team. More to the point, he should be, even if Miikka Kiprusoff doesn't retire, which he probably should, because he is a million years old and played 90 games a season. Also, he was terrible last year.
This is, to me, clearly the worst team in their division. They are probably the worst team in the Western Conference. They have no shot at making the postseason. I would argue they are the worst team in the league, at least in terms of talent. Plus, the teams that figure to be close to them, like Florida, have so much more young, exciting prospects. Tell me one Flame within spitting distance of Jonathan Huberdeau. Calgary is where their province mates in Edmonton were a few years ago. They just need to hope they get as fortunate with the first overall picks.