This upcoming Calgary Flames season is going to be one with almost too many storylines to keep track of. Old players will be returning, new players will be visiting their old stomping grounds, and a number of rivals will either be seeking retribution or preparing for it from the Flames.
With such a turbulent offseason in Calgary, there are a number of revenge games coming up during the 2022-23 NHL season that need to be penciled in immediately. We decided to make things easier and coverall of them here for future reference.
Thursday, October 13 vs Colorado Avalanche
Things couldn’t get off to more of a hot start than on opening night in the Scotiabank Saddledome. The defending Stanley Cup Champions kick off the Flames season in the C of Red. Of course, Nazem Kadri will not only be looking to make a strong first impression with his new team, but most likely looking to extract a little bit of revenge against the team that wouldn’t move cap space around to re-sign him. Expect Kadri to be a wrecking ball.
Saturday, October 15 @ Edmonton Oilers
The very next game of the season is in Edmonton against the Oilers. The Flames of course were eliminated in five games during the second round last year in the first Battle of Alberta in nearly 30 years. There will be lots of bad blood floating around and if it’s not settled tonight, then just wait two weeks for the teams to meet in Calgary and do it all over again.
Saturday, November 19 @ Florida Panthers
This night will belong to Jonathan Huberdeau. After spending his entire career in Florida, the team decided they were better off without him. You just know this will be a night where he’s got an insane amount of money on the board. Add in MacKenzie Weegar also looking to sweeten the revenge and this will be a night to remember. Plus, you know Matthew Tkachuk is going to be Matthew Tkachuk as well.
Tuesday, November 29 vs Florida Panthers
The friendship tour returns to Calgary. Tkachuk will be saving most of his energy the previous matchup specifically for this night. The C of Red is going to be loud, and most likely a bit hostile, towards Tkachuk who declined to sign a long-term extension in Calgary this summer. Sure, he did the gentlemanly thing and told the team in advance so they could trade him, but Calgary never forgets.
Thursday, December 1 vs Montreal Canadiens
The very next game, Sean Monahan returns to the Saddledome. I am certain that after being traded away with a first-round pick by the team that drafted him, Monahan will be looking to get back to his scoring ways. The first few months of the season will determine just how nervous Flames fans should be, but make no doubt Monahan will be earning a loud and well deserved ovation that evening.
Friday, December 9 @ Columbus Blue Jackets
The first time the Flames will see Johnny Gaudreau in a Blue Jackets sweater unfortunately comes in the city of Columbus. The Flames will most likely be putting a target on his back, while Gaudreau is most likely going to do whatever he can to put the puck in the net. This of course is just an appetizer to the main course, so we’ll call this night the revenge game for Erik Gudbranson. He was a fan favourite for his single season here and cashed in big with the Blue Jackets.
Saturday, December 10 @ Toronto Maple Leafs
He wasn’t a Flame for very long, but Calle Jarnkrok‘s ties to this team go much deeper. Being childhood friends with cornerstones Elias Lindholm and Jacob Markstrom, it will be fun to see Jarnkrok suit up against his pals for the first time since the three were all playing on the same side, just like when they were kids.
Saturday, January 14 @ Dallas Stars
A minor revenge game to say the least, but the Dallas Stars will surely want to at least take two points from the Flames after being eliminated in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Jake Oettinger will surely be the one to stymy the team yet again.
Monday, January 23 vs Columbus Blue Jackets
The moment all Flames fans will be waiting for during the 2022–23 season. The ultimate revenge game, mainly for the city of Calgary. After watching Gaudreau put on a show during the offseason of a “will he, won’t he” act for the ages, Gaudreau will be public enemy number one upon his return to the Saddledome. Sure he will most likely get a thank you video, but this night will be reserved for the C of Red. If you thought Adam Fox got it bad, just wait.
Monday, February 6 @ New York Rangers
Another minor revenge game, but this will be the first time Kevin Rooney can suit up against his previous team, the New York Rangers. This will also be the first time Ryan Carpenter faces off against the Flames after being acquired by them at last year’s trade deadline. Who knows if either will even be in the lineup, but it’s only fair to include them on this list of revenge games.
Revenge is sweet
There’s no shortage of revenge games for the Flames this season. With as much roster turnover as they had, almost every game feels like it’s a must-see ordeal. Buckle up!