The Entry Level Contract Bunch

Ryan Pike
April 22 2014 10:14AM

Early this year, Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke appeared (as he often does) at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. If that sounds like a weird fit, it kind-of is - Burke has seemingly embraced the role of being the old crank shaking his fist at those punk kids doing analytics on his lawn.

However, his musings about the challenges of a salary capped NHL did lead to him - as other execs in other sports have done - waxing poetic about the importance of getting contributions from players on entry-level contracts.

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Byron's Big Season Leads to Heavy Decisions Ahead

Steve Macfarlane
April 21 2014 09:00AM

When you’re talking about a 5-foot-8, 160-pounder (a measurement that falls somewhere between his what’s listed on the Flames website and what he suggests he is), the word big doesn’t come up very often.

For Flames forward Paul Byron, it’s come up a lot lately.

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Weekend Open Thread: Faceoffs!

Ryan Pike
April 19 2014 09:49AM

One of the things the Calgary Flames have struggled with - massively - over the past several years is face-offs. They have been reliably, almost epically bad.

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A Look Inside One-Goal Games

Ryan Pike
April 18 2014 10:04AM

One of the biggest rallying cries for how the Flames have improved over the season, at least in terms of their work ethic, has been the sheer amount of one-goal games they've taken part in this past season. In fact, the Flames played in 49 games decided by a goal, tying the NHL record.

But how did all these one-goal games come about? And what does the record really mean?

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The Heat Get Reinforcements

Ryan Pike
April 17 2014 03:33PM

Weeks ago, it was easy to feel bad for Abbotsford Heat coach Troy (G.) Ward.

All of his best players were in Calgary. Or injured. Or slumping. Now? The team has a playoff spot locked down. They've gotten most of their bodies back from the IR and/or Calgary. And they've gotten some reinforcements from college and major-junior.

With Abbotsford closing out their AHL regular season this weekend, why not get familiar with the Heat roster as they get primed for the post-season?

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