FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Jamie Macoun

Mike Cadarette
September 01 2015 03:00PM


As far as defensive defenseman go, you’d be hard pressed to find one better than Jamie Macoun in Calgary Flames history. He, along with Ric Nattress, formed one of the stingiest shutdown pairings of the 1988-89 season to help earn the Flames their first Stanley Cup.

But things weren’t always so great Macoun.

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Which Flames Should You Draft In Fantasy Leagues?

Ryan Pike
September 01 2015 12:00PM

Well, training camps open next week and before you know it, it'll be time for fantasy drafts. Particularly given that the Calgary Flames were one of the eight best teams in the National Hockey League last year - it seems weird to us, too - there might be a growing temptation to draft Flames players wherever possible.

So which players should you try to grab and who should you steer clear of? We dissected Yahoo's rankings for the entire Flames roster to give you some tips and tricks for using Flames players to maximize your fantasy hockey success.

Players are listed with their Yahoo overall rank in brackets.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #4 Oliver Kylington

Christian Roatis
September 01 2015 09:00AM

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When the 2014/15 NHL Season was about to get underway, there was a mild disappointment in the air in Calgary as just about everybody agreed the team was a tad too good to be in the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes.

There was however a shot they could finish bottom 5, and that personally got me uber excited, because it put them right in the wheelhouse to draft Swedish wunderkind Oliver Kylington (at that time, with the ‘killer’ pronunciation of: Killing-ton).

Kylington was fresh off a full SHL season as a 16 year old, and had got most everybody in Swedish hockey all hot and bothered with his oozing of potential.

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FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Mike Vernon

Ryan Pike
August 31 2015 03:00PM

The latest addition to the FlamesNation All-Time Flames Team is one of a handful of players to have their jersey digits honoured by the Calgary Flames organization: goaltender Mike Vernon.

The fanbase seems to have a very unique love-hate relationship with Mike Vernon. On one hand, he's a hometown boy that worked his way up from the WHL to represent the team at the NHL level. Heck, he took the team to two Stanley Cup Finals and won a Cup here. And then he was traded away and eventually returned in 2000, at which point he wasn't nearly as good as he was in the 1980s.

For all his faults, he's still the second-best goalie in the history of the franchise.

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Older defencemen with exceptional performances

arii
August 31 2015 12:00PM

There are always risks involved when signing a player to a big deal; those risks are amplified when said player is on the wrong side of 30. 

In Mark Giordano's case, it was going to be tough: he'll be 33 years old when his new deal, worth an annual average value of $6.75 million, kicks in. That's not the problem. The problem is he'll be 38 years old when it finally expires.

Right now, it looks great: just under $7 million for a defenceman who should be a multi-Norris winner at this point? Awesome. But as the years go on, it has the potential to get really ugly.

Good thing that's just potential, and not fact. There have been defencemen who have continued to play exceptionally well as they've aged past typical peak years. The question is, can Giordano be among them?

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