When I look at the Flames' first month in the schedule I at first think it's a touch one until I start looking at the months following it and realize they're all tough.
The season starts out on Oct. 4 against the Flyers and their newest additions, I'd be very surprised if the Brier/Gagne line isn't extremely pumped for that game. This was the worst team Philly fans have had to see in a very long time last year and now look as though they might have a lot of the answers in place. This might have taken several seasons under the old C.B.A.
Following that I don't see a "weak" team until perhaps the L.A. Kings who seemed to have addressed some of their needs by picking up Stuart, Nagy and re-signing Cammalleri however still only have Cloutier on the back end.
If that is a "weak" team you have to think the C.B.A. rectifying parity in the league is a reality, the king's have a very good chance of winning that game with the amount of talent they have and they might be one of the "weaker" teams in the west if not the league.
My point is that it is no longer the "have" teams of the N.H.L., it is truly a league in which parity seems to have become a reality. Think of the worst team in your division last year and the moves they made during the off season and you usually have something to fear.
Even when it comes to the Oilers, they got a little more talent and have re-couped from the devastating injuries they had last year, they won't be as poor as the end of last season. That's tough to say being a flame's fan... .
Looking Forward to some seriously good hockey this year,