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Handshake Line: Stay Bright

Flames' fans should be excited about their future.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

This is Anaheim Calling to the Hockey World. In moments like these, it can be hard to be the fan left standing. We all know how invested we are, so it's hard not to sympathize with a fan whose postseason has come to an unceremonious end. While Calgary fans will be having the least joyous shaves of their lives, it's important to note that there are plenty of positives to keep the team going forward.

Johnny Gaudreau: I enjoy watching you play. You remind me of Kariya and there probably isn't much higher praise I can offer. Paul is a border line Hall of Famer. You play the game with so much speed, and attack the net with a vigor that makes for enjoyable hockey. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll be making lots of visits to the All-Star Game.

Jiri Hudler: I'm just glad I don't have to hate you because you don't play in Detroit anymore. You were a key component in proving the doubters wrong.

Bob Hartley: I'm a stats guy, so I'm pretty appalled at what your Flames did this year. No matter what the numbers say, there's something to be said for getting 23 guys to buy into a program and ignore the outside voices. It was quite the coaching accomplishment to take a team that was predicted to be in the McDavid sweepstakes to a second round series that was arguably closer than some of the goal numbers would indicate.

Karri Ramo: I hope this was your coming out party. You single-handedly pulled the Flames out of the despair of that 2-0 series deficit. You made the last 3 games interesting and a series worth watching.

Calgary has tons of youth going forward. There are plenty of quality young players to get the Flames back into the upper echelon of the NHL