Around The League In 30 Days: Buffalo & Calgary

So, here we are, four days into our 30/30 season preview. These next teams are interesting to say the least, and FanSided authors Tim Redinger and Ryan Patrick have put together compelling arguments concerning their respective team’s outlook for the 2011-12 season.

The Bolts will be facing off against the Sabres four times this season and the Flames only once. Last year, Buffalo split the season series with Tampa, and Calgary won the only game. Hopefully, the Lightning will do much better this time around.

Well, I hope you enjoy the following (we won’t hold it against you):

Buffalo Sabres – It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were writing a eulogy for the 2010-2011 Buffalo Sabres, and here we are writing the preview for the next year.  How much has changed?  Everything.  It started with a culture change, and now from the locker room out, the Buffalo Sabres enter next year as the first full season with a truly committed ownership group that is determined to not only bring a championship to the city of Buffalo, but to create a hockey nirvana in the Nickel City. Continue reading…

Calgary Flames – If you don’t follow the Calgary Flames that closely, you’d probably be hard-pressed to recognize the differences between last year’s team and the team heading into 2011-12. Not to say freshly announced GM Jay Feaster hasn’t done anything, in fact he played an absolute perfect hand in a very tight salary cap situation. He shipped away guys like Ales Kotalik, Robyn Regehr and Daymond Langkow, all who had large contracts they weren’t performing up to. He also locked up Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay to long-term deals and brought in a mix of youth and veteran presence on the blueline. In the end, the Flames now have a little over $3.6 million in cap-space heading into the season, and Feaster has made it abundantly clear he’s willing to spend that money to improve the team. Whether or not Calgary’s off-season roster tweaks can push them into a playoff spot in the insanely competitive Western conference remains to be seen. Continue reading…

Check back tomorrow for a preview of our division rival Carolina Hurricanes.

Tags: Ales Kotalik Alex Tanguay Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Curtis Glencross Daymond Langkow Derek Roy Robyn Regehr Tampa Bay Lightning Ville Leino

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