Celebrating Flames Fathers and Sons

Ryan Pike
June 21 2015 01:00PM

Today's Father's Day, and the start of the final full week before the 2015 NHL Draft, so let's spend a little bit of time talking about fathers and sons. The Calgary Flames are a team nestled snugly in hockey history; Alberta's a traditional hockey market and tons of western Canadian fathers and sons have played the game together.

In terms of the Flames franchise, there are three established prominent pairs of fathers and sons, as well as a couple former Flames that could see their off-spring join the organization next weekend in Florida.

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Flames Sign Mikael Backlund To Extension

Ryan Pike
June 20 2015 11:57AM

A busy news week started early for the Calgary Flames, as they kicked off this weekend in style by announcing an extension for analytics darling and FlamesNation's favourite player, Mikael Backlund.

The press release says it's a multi-year deal, but the usual suspects have helped us flesh that out a bit.

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Flames Draft History: Ups and Downs (1997-2001)

Ryan Pike
June 19 2015 11:07AM

If the goal of drafting is the put NHL players on your NHL team, the late 1990s were a time of moderate success and crushing, abject failure. Three of their five picks were out-and-out not that good, and were also followed by some really shoddy asset management. Two of their picks actually turned into good, albeit not star-level, NHL players, and helped the Flames get to the Stanley Cup Final in the decade that followed.

But just take into account how lucky the Flames are to have gotten Sean Monahan at sixth overall in 2013; the last two times they traded at that spot, they got Daniel Tkaczuk and Rico freakin' Fata. It could have been so much worse.

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Brad Treliving Media Availability Recap

Ryan Pike
June 19 2015 01:29AM

Yesterday afternoon, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving held court with local media in his last availability prior to jumping on a series of planes for the next few weeks. FlamesNation was in attendance.

Here's what we found out about the Flames, the draft, and many other things.

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Flames Draft History: Transitions (1992-96)

Ryan Pike
June 18 2015 03:00PM

The early 1990s were time of transition for the Calgary Flames. The bright dreams of the 1980s were rapidly diminishing. Long-time general manager Cliff Fletcher left for a job with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His protege, former Flames player (and assistant general manager) took over.

In terms of drafting, Risebrough's scouting team actually did pretty well, though he wouldn't be around to see the majority of his draftees make the NHL.

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