FN Mailbag - October 12, 2015

Kent Wilson
October 13 2015 09:00AM


And we're off. 

Well, sort of. The Flames stumbled badly out of the gates in game 1, but managed to turn things around and look like an NHL team in the rematch. Phew. It will be interesting now to see how Calgary matches up against someone aside form the Canucks, particularly because I think Vancouver is probably not going to be a playoff squad this year. 

It's still very early to be making any judgements, but there's a few issues that are already popping up. Today's mailbag talks about goalie trades, Sam Bennett, line combinations and developing defensemen. 

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What we learned from the Flames' 3 on 3 OT

October 12 2015 03:00PM

Overtime was awesome before, but it's even better now. You take all the heart-pounding terror of sudden death, add a whole lot more open space and suddenly, everything is taken up to a whole new level.

Every single play means something. You miss your chance, and you had better get in your own end immediately, because it's probably coming right back. You make one wrong guess, and you may be conceding the game. There's almost no margin for error.

And the best part? The Flames have just the personnel to be a good three-on-three team.

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Bob Hartley Joins The 100-Win Club

Ryan Pike
October 12 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames won on Saturday night, and in addition to being Mikael Backlund's 300th game as a Calgary Flame, it represented a pretty big milestone for head coach Bob Hartley.

The victory was the 100th regular season win for Hartley behind the bench for the Flames. He joins a pretty exclusive group, becoming just the eighth Flames bench boss to hit the century mark.

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Mikael Backlund Hits 300 Games

Ryan Pike
October 11 2015 04:15PM

Perhaps lost in the hubbub and bally-hoo of the Calgary Flames' big win last night in Vancouver is a pretty significant milestone for Mikael Backlund - especially compared to many of Calgary's other first-round picks.

The 2007 first round selection of the Flames played his 300th NHL game in Saturday night's game. Hitting the 300-game mark adds Backlund to a club of just nine former Flames first rounders to play that many games with the franchise. Dion Phaneuf (2003's first rounder) was the last player to join the club.

The full list of the Top 20 First Rounders by games played in a Flames uniform after the jump.

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The Thanksgiving Open Thread

Ryan Pike
October 11 2015 11:00AM

It's a relatively quiet day in the hockey world, with the National Hockey League scheduling just a single game on this Thanksgiving Sunday.

So in the spirit of the holiday, and to allow some relaxation and reflection amongst a fanbase that's probably breathing a sigh of relief after a spirited first victory of the season last night in Vancouver, we invite you to share your thoughts:

As a Calgary Flames (and NHL) fan, what are you thankful for?

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