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Calgary Flames
Team Page | 2000-2001 Schedule | Roster | 1999-2000 Player Stats
On this page: Comings | Goings | Prospect Watch | Get the Highlighter | Quoteworthy

 
1999-2000 Stat Leaders
Stat  Leader  No. 
Goals  Valeri Bure  35 
Assists  Phil Housley  44 
Points  Valeri Bure  75 
+/-  Bobby Dollas 
Shots  Valeri Bure  308 
Ice Time (F)  Valeri Bure  21:00 
Ice Time (D)  Derek Morris  24:48 
Faceoff Pct.  Cory Stillman  54.42% 
Hits  Denis Gauthier  168 
PP Pts.  Phil Housley  35 
SH Pts.  Clarke Wilm 
 

There's a new attitude in Calgary, and much of it has to do with newly hired general manager Craig Button. Despite finishing next to last in the Western Conference last year, Button makes no bones about his team's overall goal this season -- the Flames must make the playoffs.

Top it off with a mandate from ownership that 14,000 season tickets had to be sold by June 30 or else, and it's plain to see these are uneasy times in Calgary.

New coach Don Hay has the tough task of motivating the troops. But it's not as though he doesn't have anything to work with. Valeri Bure, no longer known just for being Pavel's brother, blossomed into a 35-goal scorer last season. And Jarome Iginla lit the lamp 29 times.

The Flames should be set in goal. Button took a calculated risk by bringing back one-time hero Mike Vernon, who was booed out of Calgary in 1994. He'll help stabilize the netminding with Fred Brathwaite (2.75 goals-against average, .904 save percentage).

For more on the Flames, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.

BRIGHT SPOTS   GRAY AREAS
  • Veterans Tommy Albelin, Phil Housley, Steve Smith and Brad Werenka are solid on the blue line.
  • The signing of mucker Dave Lowry was a smart move. Lowry leads by example, and his no-holds-barred style of play is infectious.
  • He's entering the twilight of his career, but Vernon can still turn heads -- and maybe sell tickets. His 2.47 GAA and .917 save percentage with San Jose and Florida last season seemed to prove he isn't slowing down.
  • For what it's worth, the Flames will have new home and road jerseys for the 2000-01 season.
  • C Daniel Tkaczuk, RW Rico Fata, C/LW Oleg Saprykin and RW Sergei Varlamov are young but could provide instant help.
  •  
  • Eleven wins on the road last year was good for third worst in the league. Only Tampa Bay (6) and Atlanta (5) finished with fewer.
  • Fans reached the season-ticket ultimatum issued by co-owner Harley Hotchkiss. Soon after the ownership group gave no promises that the team will stay in Calgary unless other provisions are met by the local government.
  • Their lack of a No. 1 center is a glaring weakness, although a healthy Cory Stillman may be forced to step into the role.
  • After 19 years with the organization, Lanny McDonald resigned from his marketing post after reports surfaced that he and team president Ron Bremner were feuding.
  • Comings
    Player  Pos.  From  Via 
    Niklas Andersson  LW  Nashville  Free agent 
    Wade Belak  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Jason Botterill  LW  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Fred Brathwaite  Calgary  Re-signed  
    Martin Brochu  Calgary  Free agent 
    Chris Clark  LW  Calgary  Re-signed  
    Jeff Cowan  LW  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Dallas Eakins  N.Y. Islanders  Free agent 
    Mikko Elomo  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Dave Lowry  LW  San Jose  Free agent 
    Mike Martin  Michigan (IHL)  Free agent 
    Marty Murray  Kolner EC Haie (Germany)  Free agent 
    Jeff Shantz  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Mike Vernon  Minnesota  Trade 
    Brad Werenka  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Jason Wiemer  Calgary  Re-signed 
    Clark Wilm  RW  Calgary  Re-signed 
     

    Goings
    Player  Pos.  To  Via 
    Eric Charron  Minnesota  Free agent 
    Steve Dubinsky  Chicago  Free agent 
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere  Anaheim  Free agent 
    Andreas Johansson  LW  Swiss team  Free agent 
    Sergei Krivokrasov  RW  Minnesota  Expansion 
    Filip Kuba  Minnesota  Expansion 
    Martin St. Louis  RW  Tampa Bay  Free agent 
    Andre Trefilov  German team  Free agent  
    Brad Werenka  Calgary  Re-signed 
     
    Prospect Watch
    Rico Fata, RW, 5'11", 202
    Born: February 12, 1980 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    Acquired: 1998 draft, first round (No. 6 overall)

    Projected as the overall No. 1 pick in '98, Fata fell to the sixth spot. A multi-talented player, Fata also plays a physical game. His agility and speed are uncanny for a player his size.

    Get the Highlighter
    Thurs., Oct. 5 vs. Detroit: Button and his clan get their first playoff-ready test when they host Detroit. OK, so it's still a bit too early to judge.
    Fri., Oct. 27 at Minnesota: First matchup against the Wild could start Flames on a roll. Three of the following five games are against teams that missed the playoffs.
    Wed., Dec. 13 at Montreal: Eight of their next 11 games are on the road, beginning here against the Habs.
    Thurs., March 8 at Philadelphia: Could define the Flames' season. They hit the road for five games.

    Quoteworthy
    "Are we a championship team? No, but in the same breath we are expecting no less than the playoffs this year."
    --Button

    Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.


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