FN Weekend Open Thread - What are you Looking forward to in 2013-14?

Kent Wilson
August 10 2013 10:47AM

 

 

The Calgary Flames will enter next season as one of the favorites to finish last in the league. The club lacks offensive fire power, will probably be playing kids at key positions and its goaltending is a complete enigma. If everything breaks right, the Flames might be competitive night-to-night, but it's much more likely to be a long, painful winter here in Calgary.

Which doesn't mean there won't be reasons to watch. Ironically, I've found a lot of fans are actually more interested and optimistic about the team than they have been in a long time, if only because this year represents a new dawn which has been too long delayed. The overall record won't matter as much as the development of certain key pieces.

With that, here's what I'm looking forward to this year:

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Random Thoughts - For Feaster This is the Easy Part

Kent Wilson
August 07 2013 12:28PM

 

 

Christian's lengthy defense of Jay Feaster has garnered a lot of comments, but I'd nevertheless like to add a few more here.

I'll start by saying Feaster's tenure is brief enough that the fairest grade we can assign him is "NA", or incomplete. Feaster has only been in the big chair since the middle of 2010 and much of his work was done while struggling beneath the wreckage of Darryl Sutter's descent into madness. Because of the make-up of the team when he took the reins, as well as some budget issues and the recent lock-out, the Calgary Flames have only played about two seasons worth of games during Feaster's watch. That's not a lot of information and opportunity for a manager to work with.

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FN Weekend Open Thread - Who leads the Flames in scoring next year?

Kent Wilson
August 03 2013 09:39AM

 

 

This was never much of a question when Jarome Iginla was around. With him gone and the team rebuilding, however, it might be the hardest prediction to make about the Flames this year. Aside from "will the Flames goaltending be any good?" of course.

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Should the Flames Pursue Marc Staal?

Kent Wilson
July 31 2013 12:27PM

 

 

On Monday we talked about the Flames potentially targeting Cody Franson thanks to the Leafs less than ideal cap situation. The New York Rangers are currently in a similar situation, with only about $3M in cap space to re-sign RFA Derek Stepan and John Moore, which might potentially leave Marc Staal available for a song.

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Flames Sign Josh Jooris

Kent Wilson
July 30 2013 07:55AM

 

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Word from the NY Daily Gazette today that Flames development camp invitee Josh Jooris is leaving Union college of the ECAC to sign a pro contract with Calgary. The 6'1", 190 pound center is 23 years old and has three years of college experience under his belt.

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