The Flames have an exciting history, and sure, they aren’t the Montreal Canadiens, but who is? Today we will look at the greatest Flames to lace up the skates.
Roberts scored 257 goals for the Flames, including 53 in 1991-92, and is fourth in franchise history in that department. His 505 points are eighth-most in Flames history, while his 1736 penalty minutes are the second-highest total. He also was a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup champs.
A member of 1989 Stanley Cup champions, Mullen established career-highs with 51 goals and 110 points that season, led the NHL with a ridiculous +51 plus/minus rating, and then led the league with 16 goals in 21 postseason games that spring.
Over his four full seasons with the Flames, Mullen scored 47, 40, 51, and 36 goals and won a pair of Lady Byng Trophies.
Otto played the sixth-most games in Flames history with 730, is third with 1642 penalty minutes, and seventh with 57 power-play goals. In the 1980s he was one of the best defensive centers in the NHL.
In the six years, Nilsson was a Flame he scored 40 or more goals three times, including a career-high 49 to go along with 131 points in 1980-81. Nilsson is sixth in franchise history with 562 points, accomplished in a mere 425 games as a Flame.
Sutter scored some nice numbers with the Flames scoring 564 points (5th in franchise history) in 617 games (8th). His 436 assists are fourth-most in franchise history.
Miikka Kiprusoff is the best goalie in Flames history and the backbone of the 2004 team that finished one victory shy of a Stanley Cup title. That season Kiprusoff fashioned a surreal 1.69 GAA and was a Vezina Trophy finalist with a .933 save percentage. In the ’04 playoffs, Kiprusoff had five shutouts in 26 games, a 1.85 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He did win the Vezina in 2005-06.
Nieuwendyk fell below 36 goals only twice in his career with the Flames, once when he had 21 over 46 games in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign. He won the Calder Trophy when he scored 51 goals as a rookie in 1987-88, and the following season Nieuwendyk helped lead the Flames to the organization’s lone Stanley Cup championship with another 51-goal regular season — and another ten in 22 postseason contests.
Macinnis twice was named to the NHL First All-Star Team and three times was a second-team selection. He is the organization’s all-time leader in assists with 609 and ranks third in points (822) and games played (803).
Over ten seasons with the Flames, Fleury scored 30 goals or more seven times, including a career-high 51 in 1990-91. He represented the Flames six times at the NHL All-Star Game and was a Second-Team NHL All-Star in 1994-95.
Iginla is the franchise leader in goals, points, games played, power-play, and game-winning goals. Iginla scored 30 or more goals in 11 consecutive seasons with Calgary, twice surpassing 50 goals and netting 40-plus twice more.
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