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By Skylar Peters
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Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano

Oct 6, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman

Mark Giordano

(5) skates with the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The ‘Shoes To Fill: Jarome Iginla

Let’s face it: no one will eclipse Jarome Iginla (within the Flames organization, at least) in terms of status, integrity, and impact. Iginla leaves the flames as their all-time leader in games played, goals, points, and shots. With his return yet to happen (December 10th), he is yet to be formally recognized for his achievement with the club. Even though he never won a Cup, Iginla has solidified his place in Calgary as one of, if not the best,player that has ever donned the “C”.

Short-Term Goals:

Much like the aforementioned Sabres, Giordano’s veteran presence will be the oil that keeps the otherwise young gears of this Flames team going. New divisional opponents are sure to be a challenge in the 2013-14 season, but getting out relatively unscathed will take precedence over the Playoffs, for now.

Long-Term Goals:

Many believe that no positive change will happen in Calgary until the firing of GM Jay Feaster. Feaster gave up Iginla for two prospects unlikely to even turn pro, let alone play as an NHL regular, and poor drafting has once again stymied any progress made in the rebuild. Giordano still has lots of gas left in the tank, and he can develop into a great successor for the famed #12, all the while keeping tabs on the new wave of Flames to come.