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Calgary Flames: No. 89

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Last year's ranking: 105
Title track: 53
Ownership: 66
Coaching: 62
Players: 66
Fan relations: 84
Affordability: 96
Stadium experience: 114
Bang for the buck: 101

Flames are certainly loyal. Although their team finished among the league's bottom five in points for the second consecutive season and missing the playoffs for the fifth straight time, Calgary averaged 19,302 in attendance. That was good for seventh most in the NHL and extended a sellout streak that dates all the way back to 2003. What's the source of their optimism? It isn't the 31-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome, which was severely damaged last summer when it was flooded with 30 million gallons of floodwater from the Bow River; fans again ranked it among the worst in sports (114). But stadium experience was the only category in which the Flames fell this year. Fans showed faith in Bob "the Rebuilder" Hartley (a 30-spot jump in coaching from 2013), who seemed to get the most of out his group of inexperienced overachievers. And everyone is rallying around the rebuild (up 46 spots in players ranking, a rise of 18 in title track), because for the first time in a decade top-notch prospects are in the pipeline, including promising youngsters Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and 2014 first-round draft pick Sam Bennett. The Flames are probably still a few years from competing for the playoffs, but the not-too-distant future looks considerably brighter.