Dougie Hamilton: Give It Time

Pat Steinberg
October 22 2015 10:25AM

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Dougie Hamilton has been underwhelming in his first few weeks as a member of the Calgary Flames. But that doesn't mean he's going to stay underwhelming. No one is going to deny Hamilton's first six games in a Flames uniform have been well below expectations. But I also think it's premature to believe this won't get better, and likely significantly so.

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Can the Flames carry three goaltenders?

Pat Steinberg
September 30 2015 04:42PM

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I know one of the biggest questions surrounding the Calgary Flames right now is "who will their two goaltenders be to start the season?". While I get why that question is being asked, I don't think it's the right one at the very moment. There's a more relevant question right now: will the Flames start the season with two or three goalies on their active roster? I think there's a decent chance they'll start the season with three, and I also think the Flames can make it work...in the short term.

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The entry level slide and how it applies to the Flames

Pat Steinberg
September 28 2015 02:33PM

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One of the most confusing, but relevant, parts of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement relates to entry level contracts and how they're allowed to "slide". Now, deciphering the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement is one of life's most painful, tedious, and unpleasant things. But knowing the contract and cap situation of the Calgary Flames, I thought it might be relevant to look at the different scenarios when an ELC can be pushed for another year. I'll try my best to do it in terms that won't make your head explode.

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Better or worse: Forwards

Pat Steinberg
September 23 2015 02:25PM

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If you're a fan of the Calgary Flames, you're probably very excited about your team's group of forwards right now. The Flames got a lot out of their forward group last season lead by one of the league's most dynamic number one lines. Thanks to organizational depth and a foray into free agency, Calgary has added to their forward group even more heading into the 2015-2016 campaign. So just how much better will the Flames be up front?

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The compelling case of Ryan Wilson

Pat Steinberg
September 22 2015 10:27AM

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When the Calgary Flames invited free agent defenceman Ryan Wilson to camp on a PTO this summer, my interest was immediately piqued. Wilson had always been an interesting player for me going back to his brief time in the Flames organization in 2008-2009. It's true that the last few years haven't gone his way thanks to injury, but prior to the last three seasons, things looked to heading in the right direction. Knowing that, and knowing what I've seen so far in camp, I think you can make a very compelling argument to turn Wilson's PTO into a contract.

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