FN Draft Coverage Primer

Christian Roatis
May 18 2015 09:00AM

For the longest time, the NHL Entry Draft was the only event Calgary Flames fans had circled on their calendar and anticipated restlessly. The team was generally bad, and up until a few years ago the management was bad too. Basically everything was bad.

Ah, but every June we would huddle around our TVs and pray our local hockey heroes would land the next big thing at the National Hockey League’s yearly talent raffle.

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2014/2015 Calgary Flames Tribute Montage

Christian Roatis
April 13 2015 01:00PM

It’s a lazy day, there’s a feeling of mild melancholy in the air. What do you do? You fire up the ol’ YouTube and watch some 2004 Flames Cup Run videos and get both emotional and fired up at the same time. 

At least I do.

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Why Bob Hartley Should Be A Jack Adams Finalist

Christian Roatis
March 10 2015 12:00PM

Sometimes, differentiating between good coaching and bad coaching can be difficult. How much of a teams success can be directly credited to its bench boss and how much of it comes as a result of the talent and ability of the players actually playing the game?

I’d reckon the latter weighs far more in the grand scheme of things than the former. However, in some cases, a coach can single-handedly be responsible for his players playing to the full of their abilities and thus be a major factor in their teams success.

That’s why coaches of surprise teams often win the Jack Adams trophy, and that’s why it’s simply ludicrous to even suggest Bob Hartley shouldn’t be a finalist for the this year's award.

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FN Mailbag - February 21 2015

Christian Roatis
February 21 2015 11:00AM


Everybody’s favorite mailbag, our Flames mailbag, is back chock-full of juicy questions demanding to be answered!

Being a (twitter) people pleaser, I shall comply.

The focus today is the Trade Deadline, so let’s dive straight into it.

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Flames Season Already A Success

Christian Roatis
February 11 2015 11:00AM


With fewer than 30 games to be played in 2014/15 edition of the National Hockey League’s regular season, time has finally come to shift our focus away from the horror that has been this season for the Calgary Flames and onto the fruits their incompetence will bear via the NHL Entry Draft in a few months time.

Wait. That’s not right. Playoffs? What?!

That opening paragraph is how I expected to open a piece written in February about the Calgary Flames, but instead it looks strikingly out of place. The season has been anything but a horror and one hasn’t even muttered the words “McDavid” or “Eichel” around these parts since mid-October.

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