Relive the 2005-06 Calgary Flames Season

Ryan Pike
July 31 2015 01:00PM

The Calgary Flames captured the imagination of the hockey world in 2003-04. They had a season where everything went right, seemingly - until the end - and the franchise finally had some momentum after being a league-wide afterthought since the early 1990s.

And then they missed an entire season due to the lockout.

When the NHL resumed played in the fall of 2005, the game was much different. But Darryl Sutter had time to reshape his motley crew into a more polished, veteran-laden group that really should've performed better in the playoffs than they actually did. The 2005-06 Calgary Flames were a great team on paper. Unfortunately, they didn't play the post-season on paper.

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Why not sign David Schlemko?

Pat Steinberg
July 31 2015 11:08AM

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As free agency enters it's second month, one of the small mysteries for me has been the future of defenceman David Schlemko. Claimed on waivers late in the season by the Flames, I thought the serviceable blueliner more than held his own in the role he was given. Is this high priority stuff for Calgary? No, it's not. But I do think you can make a compelling case why bringing him back makes sense.

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Brand New AHL Pacific Division Primer

Mike Cadarette
July 31 2015 10:00AM

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When the AHL announced its new western outposts, you knew right off the hop it was going to be an exciting season.

Perhaps the most exciting part about the new division is that in so many ways it’s going to wind up breeding career-long team and personal rivalries in the NHL with the Flames, Oilers, Kings, Ducks and Sharks all having footholds out west.

With that in mind, here is a 2015/16 Pacific Division primer, with brief team summaries, which players you should watch, notable new additions to each team and who the first call-up is likely to be on each team.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 31 2015 07:00AM

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Canucks shake things up, pay too much for Sutter, Leafs-Bernier Arb battle, breaking down Lamoriello's past trades, one of the Flames top prospects coming to North America, McDavid, Scrivens, free agents still available for almost free and more in this week's Roundup.

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Relive the 2003-04 Calgary Flames Season

Ryan Pike
July 30 2015 11:01AM

The 2002-03 season was a tumultuous year for the Calgary Flames that saw the team filled with turmoil, change, and disappointment. They entered the 2003-04 season with a different head coach, a different general manager and a different captain than they began the previous season. Heck, they even changed the colour scheme of their home and away jerseys.

And all that new energy seemed to gel quickly with the returning core of the team, as the Flames had one of the most astonishing 118 games of hockey we've ever seen around these parts.

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