The Calgary Flames seem to have a knack for Cinderella stories. First came the club’s unlikely 2015 playoff run, wherein the Flames snuck into the dance and tip-toed into the second round. Then there was last season’s debacle – a brutal start that saw the Flames win just five of their first 16 tilts, only to finish the season with a ticket to the post-season and a dominant string of 10 straight wins in the campaign’s final months. Now the oft-doubted squad faces a familiar situation: an approaching season of raised expectations and questions of whether their success was borne of luck or skill. According to head coach Glen Gulutzan, it might be a bit of both. “We weren’t a 5-10-1 team to start last year, and we weren’t a 16-5 team to end,” Gulutzan told Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun on Thursday. “We finished with 94 points. I think, realistically, we can do better than that. But to make a jump from 77 to 94 to 118 isn’t realistic. So we have to manage that expectation. “Our goal is we think we could be a 100-point club.” Part of managing those expectations for the coming campaign will involve relying on the veterans who helped pull the team out of the gutter last season. Spared of the need for introductions, the Flames should be able to hit the ground running come training camp.
Flames coach Gulutzan: We think we could be a 100-point club
Sportsnet | Aug 19