Calgary's likely expansion targets

Pat Steinberg
February 20 2017 10:00AM

The recent signing of Matt Bartkowski by the Calgary Flames has shone the light on June's expansion draft once again. As general manager Brad Treliving has confirmed, the team absolutely signed Bartkowksi with the expansion draft in mind as he meets the criteria of a blueliner they'd have to expose. So, it got me thinking: who would Vegas most likely target from the Flames roster come June? I came up with my top three.

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The 3 factors affecting a Kris Versteeg extension

Pat Steinberg
January 31 2017 10:30PM

I think most of us can agree the Calgary Flames would be well served to sign Kris Versteeg to a contract extension. With 21 points in 40 games, Versteeg has given the Flames great value on the one year, $950,000 contract he signed just before the start of the season. But while it seems simple enough to sign Versteeg to a new deal, there are a few important wrinkles to consider.

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Matthew Tkachuk's rookie impact

Pat Steinberg
January 27 2017 10:00AM

Earlier this month I made a case for Mikael Backlund to be in the Selke Trophy conversation with the year he's had so far. 

In recent weeks, there's been another Calgary Flames forward getting some buzz for an end of season award. What about Matthew Tkachuk for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year? While guessing how voters might think it is a fool's errand, I can tell you Tkachuk has impacted his team as much as any rookie has so far this season.

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The 3 biggest Calgary Flames worries

Pat Steinberg
January 25 2017 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are officially in a slump. Following their 5-1 loss in Montreal on Tuesday night, the Flames have now lost four straight and eight of their last 11. With one more game before the All-Star Break and just four games between now and Feb. 13, Calgary is in a pretty pivotal part of their schedule. There's no question this team is struggling right now, but three things concern me more than anything else.

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Mikael Backlund's case for the Selke Trophy

Pat Steinberg
January 18 2017 10:00AM

More than halfway through the season for Calgary, a convincing argument can be made that Mikael Backlund has been the team's MVP. 

Because he's been so good all season, you can start to hear a little buzz linking Backlund to the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top two-way forward. I'm here to tell you that buzz should be a little louder because his case for the annual award is very, very strong.

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