Saying goodbye to the first year of Sam Bennett's ELC isn't necessarily a bad thing

April 26 2015 11:00AM

If, for some bizarre reason, you want to be a pessimist and find negativity following the Flames' vanquishing of the Vancouver Canucks and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, there is one thing you can point to.

Playoff games count against entry-level contracts.

Sam Bennett is in the first year of such an entry-level contract.

That contract will slide as long as he plays fewer than nine NHL games.

Sam Bennett has now played seven NHL games, and his team is guaranteed another four.

Sam Bennett is, in all likelihood, playing in those four (or more!) games.

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Post-Game: Game 6 (Or Crazy Town)

Ryan Pike
April 25 2015 10:38PM

The Calgary Flames punched their ticket to the second round in a highly-entertaining Game 6 against the Vancouver Canucks in the Scotiabank Saddledome! The final score was 7-4, but in so, so many ways, that doesn't begin to reflect how crazy this game actually was.

The Flames are off until Monday now, when they'll begin to prepare to face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

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Flames Advance To Second Round For First Time Since 2004

Ryan Pike
April 25 2015 10:17PM

It wasn't easy and, at times, it wasn't pretty, but the Calgary Flames have punched their ticket for the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

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Jonas Hiller Pulled After 2 Goals on 3 Shots

Ryan Pike
April 25 2015 08:06PM

Game 6 of the Calgary Flames' series with the Vancouver Canucks got off to a rough start for the Flames' starting netminder, Jonas Hiller.

Hiller gave up 2 goals on 3 shots and was yanked from the game after just 7:32 and replaced with back-up Karri Ramo.

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FN Mailbag - April 25, 2015

Kent Wilson
April 25 2015 12:27PM


We're nearly six games into the Flames first round series with the Canucks and as usual nothing is clear or simple with the club. Calgary took a 3-1 series lead only to lay a giant egg in Vancouver, casting a small shadow of doubt on how things will play out. 

The hobbled first line isn't scoring, but the goaltending and special teams have been good enough to get the Flames the lead. It remains to be seen if they can close things out without functional top unit at even strength, however. 

This week we'll look at the Flames on-going roster decisions, Mikael Backlund's contract, how potential expansion to Las Vegas might effect Calgary and much more*.

*(There was a lot of questions for this mailbag, so please forgive me if I don't answer yours this time around. The volume of inquiries forced me to pare things down significantly)

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