The FlamesNation CalgaryNEXT Primer

Ryan Pike
September 06 2015 11:00AM

Ladies and gentlemen, there has been a lot of chatter around these parts regarding the CalgaryNEXT project, which includes the proposed future home of your Calgary Flames.

In the interest of keeping things tidy and easy-to-follow in the weeks, months and (perhaps) years that this project will span, we've aggregated together everything we've done to-date on the subject. It'll be updated from time to time, particularly when there's news on the subject, so feel free to bookmark this page.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile Round-Up: #10-1

Ryan Pike
September 05 2015 01:30PM

Well, the 2015 edition of the FlamesNation prospect rankings is in the books! Thanks to everyone that participated and everyone that read the series. It was fun to write about, which is good in the summer-time, as we quietly wait for hockey to return.

Of course, you're all probably curious how contentious the process was. I'll post the voting breakdown after the jump and you can check it out.

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Who Might Claim Joni Ortio Off Waivers?

Ryan Pike
September 05 2015 11:00AM

The Twitter-verse was abuzz yesterday about goaltenders.

Why? Well, young Tampa Bay netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy is undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot. As a result, speculation opened up about Calgary's ample quantity of netminders and the possibility of (a) shipping out a body to Tampa Bay for an asset or (b) losing Joni Ortio on waivers to a team wanting a young goalie.

Would anybody claim Joni Ortio? To answer that question and whether there's a market for any of Calgary's veterans, let's dig into things a bit.

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News and Notes - September 4 2015

Ryan Pike
September 04 2015 12:00PM

There's been a flurry of minor news over the past day or two, so here's a quick primer for you to digest as we head into the fun of the Labour Day long weekend!

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #1 Sam Bennett

Ryan Pike
September 04 2015 09:00AM


The identity of the Calgary Flames' top prospect probably isn't too surprising. Outside of Johnny Gaudreau, who was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy last season and is thus not eligible for these rankings, I cannot think of a more exciting player in the organization right now than Sam Bennett.

It takes a special type of player to nearly make an NHL team with a bum shoulder, to undergo surgery on that shoulder in October, briefly dominate the OHL coming in cold in mid-season, and then contribute to a fairly successful NHL playoff run.

But hey, Sam Bennett is a special hockey player. By a unanimous selection of the FlamesNation writing staff, he's the Calgary Flames' top prospect.

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