Who else deserves a recall?

Pat Steinberg
March 27 2016 11:00AM

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With the season winding down and the Calgary Flames officially eliminated from playoff contention, the focus for most has shifted to next year. Part of that focus includes evaluating players who could be in the fold to start next season by giving them an opportunity at the NHL level down the stretch. For instance, Garnet Hathaway has been a nice story since his recall at the end of February. I've got three more players I'd like to see given a chance prior to the end of the season.

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Let's give Joe Colborne some credit

Pat Steinberg
March 23 2016 10:00AM

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Joe Colborne is from Calgary and is 6'5. For the longest time, those two facts were the main selling points for Colborne in a Calgary Flames jersey; his newly glossed moniker "Big and Local" doesn't come from nothing, after all. This season has been different, though. More than ever before, Colborne is making his hockey do the positive talking for him and not his birthplace or height. If you're not ready to believe that, I'll try my best to convince you.

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It's time to play Dougie Hamilton more

Pat Steinberg
March 10 2016 10:00AM

Dougie Hamilton's ice time has been a frequent point of interest for me all season long. For most of the year, Hamilton has been number five among Calgary defenders in ice time. In more recent times, the Flames have been without both Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman yet Hamilton's ice time has still been relatively limited. 

Personally, I think Hamilton is the third best defenceman on the team and, with only the stretch drive remaining, I think Calgary should be using him as such.

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Trade Deadline Risk and Reward: Kris Russell

Pat Steinberg
February 22 2016 10:00AM

Has there been a more polarizing Calgary Flames figure over the last couple of seasons than Kris Russell? The pending free agent defenceman has ardent supporters who rave about his fearlessness and character. He also has realistic detractors who point out his defensive liabilities and dependance on shot blocking in response. I'm not sure where the Flames land on this conversation, but I do know what their approach should be with Russell prior to the deadline.

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Trade Deadline Risk and Reward: Jiri Hudler

Pat Steinberg
February 20 2016 10:00AM

The future of Jiri Hudler has been a hot topic around these parts since last year's career season. Hudler shattered his previous career highs in every offensive category and was one of the driving forces behind Calgary's surprise appearance in the 2015 postseason. 

This season, though, has been a different story. Hudler has been dramatically less productive and less effective this year which makes many wonder how much he'll fetch in a trade. Does he need to be moved at all costs? Let's discuss.

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