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April 27, 2013 | 10:31am ET
Flames can focus on reshaping roster
TheFourthPeriod.com

A disappointing season in Calgary has finally come to an end, with the Flames finishing the shortened campaign with a 19-25-4 record.

The Flames will end the year in the bottom-five of the NHL, which should increase the odds of GM Jay Feaster drafting a very good young talent in this June's NHL Draft.

But outside of selecting new prospects for the future, the Flames still have some unfinished business to take care of in the way of reshaping their roster for the 2013-14 season.

It's believed Feaster was close to trading defenseman Cory Sarich prior to the April 3 trade deadline, while several teams had inquired about the likes of forwards Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay.

Sarich and Stempniak each have one-year left on his contracts, while Glencross has two more seasons to go and Tanguay is signed through the 2015-16 season.

Feaster could revisit trade talks this off-season, though he's indicated that he isn't entirely interested in moving a player like Glencross.

Forward Roman Cervenka, a big disappointment for the Flames this season, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 5 and isn't expected to be re-signed, nor is defenseman Anton Babchuk.

A big question for the Flames is their goaltending. If veteran Miikka Kiprusoff does indeed retire, as many expect, Feaster will have to be on the lookout for a new No. 1 goalie.

The Flames signed netminder Joey MacDonald to a one-year extension, but the team will need a steady starter next season if Kiprusoff calls it quits.

Calgary has a few goaltending options in their system, though one league source told TFP he expects the Flames to be "on the hunt for a goalie" this summer.


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