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The All-Time 7: TSN's Calgary Flames All-Time Team

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29.04.2020

Sr. Managing Editor of Hockey

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TSN Hockey introduces the All-Time 7 Project. We are naming all-time teams – 21 players, a head coach and GM - for each of the seven Canadian NHL clubs. Today, we continue with the Calgary Flames.

If you are looking for what has been right about the Calgary Flames in the NHL, look to the wing. Right wing.

There have been stars at centre – foremost among them Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Kent Nilsson – but five right wingers have scored 50 goals and every one of them made first or second all-star teams as Flames.

No other NHL team features as many right wingers to score 50 goals.

And no other team has had more than two different representatives at right wing on the end of season all-star teams since 1980-81, Calgary’s first year in the NHL.

All-timers Jarome Iginla, Joe Mullen, Theoren Fleury and Lanny McDonald, plus all-time team last cut Hakan Loob, undeniably all have the right stuff.

Iginla twice led the NHL in goals and was a three-time first all-star.

Mullen was second only to Edmonton’s Jari Kurri in playoff goals (32 to 34) from 1986 through 1989.

Fleury is the sole forward in Flames’ history to average at least one point per game in both the regular season and playoffs.

Only nine players league-wide have ever scored more than McDonald’s 66 goals in 1982-83.

And six-year Flame Loob collected 191 points in 159 games (in his last two seasons) with Calgary before returning to Sweden.

If the Flames list to the right in one respect, they lean heavily to the left in another – they have more members of their 2019-20 team on the all-time team than any of TSN’s six other Canadian teams.

Current captain and left defenceman Mark Giordano is joined by left wingers Johnny Gaudreau........

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