To cap off an aggressive off-season of change, Brad Treliving signed James Neal, one of the NHL’s consistent 20 goal scorers. For a team that suffered from a lack of right wing depth, power play scoring, bottom six scoring, scoring in general, and rigidity in the lineup in 2017-18, Neal was signed to help with those issues. Ideally, he could play up and down the lineup, rejuvenate the power play, and chip in when others hit cold streaks.
The Flames got, uh, none of that.
2018-19 season summary
It was disappointing.
Neal posted career worsts in nearly every category, hitting lows for ice time, goals, assists, points, CF%, and CFrel%.