2014 Trade Deadline Live Blog

Ryan Pike
March 05 2014 09:22AM

Intrepid boy reporter (and FlamesNation's managing editor) Ryan Pike is hunkered down in the deep recesses of the Scotiabank Saddledome for the 2014 NHL trade deadline. If something goes down today in regards to your Calgary Flames, we'll be all over it.

And if nothing much happens for awhile, we'll do our best to keep you informed and entertained nonetheless. Follow along here at on Twitter: @FlamesNation and @RyanNPike.

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Post-Game: Exactly As Expected

Ryan Pike
March 03 2014 09:08PM


Tonight was basically what you'd expect on-paper from a match-up between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild. The Wild, with a talented club, home ice and some good play, pulled out a one-goal win at home. The Flames, full of piss and vinegar, got down twice and battled back before narrowly tasting defeat.

It was exactly what you would have expected, and that's just fine, because nights like this provide a road-map for what tinkering needs to be done to help this team become more competitive. And by sheer coincidence, this handy lesson comes about 42 hours before the trade deadline.

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The Weekly Ignition: March 3 2014

Ryan Pike
March 03 2014 08:53AM

Get set for perhaps the most tumultuous week of the year for the Calgary Flames. Or the least. There's really no middle ground. It's all dependent on how the trade market heats up.

If Brian Burke can start wheeling and dealing, except a radically different Flames team – and by extension probably a different Abbotsford Heat club – in the next 72 hours. If not? Well, maybe it'll be quite similar. We'll see what happens. For now, here's your weekly rundown of what's what.

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Gaudreau Watch: A Look Ahead

Ryan Pike
March 02 2014 03:25PM

(via D.Mahoney)

Folks, if there's one question I get asked the most in my travels nowadays - even moreso than "How majestic is Brian Burke's hair in-person?" or "Why aren't there more than two Pocket Dog stands in the 'Dome?" - is "When is Johnny Gaudreau going to sign?"

Thankfully, that question is replacing the panicked statement, usually involving a fan clutching my arm or shoulders, "He's going to sign, right?" After Al Morganti's recent reassurances that Gaudreau will most likely sign here, barring war or insurrection, the next question is timing.

The short answer is this - he'll sign when his college season is done, most likely.

The long answer is a bit more complex.

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Post-Game: Something Special Up There

Ryan Pike
March 01 2014 11:27PM

(courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Saturday night's late game on Hockey Night in Canada followed a pretty great Toronto/Montreal game with playoff implications. Calgary's tilt with Edmonton didn't have playoff implications, although at times it did have a playoff-like atmosphere. No, this year's installments of the Battle of Alberta have been about the future.

On Saturday night in Edmonton, the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers because their younger players were bigger difference-makers than the Oilers' younger players.

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