PGD: Flames and San Jose

Pat Steinberg
September 11 2011 01:22PM

It's our Young Stars version of FGD in Penticton, as it's Flames Prospects Game Day tonight when Calgary's top young players hook up with those of the San Jose Sharks.  The game can be seen live on and we'll have a full recap following the matchup.  It's a pretty veteran looking Flames squad as they take part in the first game of the tournament.

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Young Stars Tournament Preview

Pat Steinberg
September 10 2011 11:42PM

FlamesNation is in Penticton for the second annual Young Stars Tournament involving prospects from the Flames, Oilers, Sharks, Jets and the host Canucks.  Last year was the coming out party for T.J. Brodie, a party that carried over to main camp and culminated with the defenceman starting the season with the big team.  Who will stand out this year?  We'll find out starting Sunday night.

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The Rise of Gio Part 3: What's Next?

Pat Steinberg
September 10 2011 10:42PM

In the final installment of our series, it's all about the future.  Mark Giordano has seen a remarkable rise to prominence in a very short period of time, starting with his fairly humble beginnings as an unsigned free agent through his time in Russia and now being one of the most important players on the Calgary Flames heading into the coming season.  Giordano enters this campaign in the largest role he's ever played, and judging from how he's met challenges in the past, the future looks to remain very, very bright.

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The Rise of Gio Part 2: From Russia With Love

Pat Steinberg
September 05 2011 03:10PM

When Mark Giordano decided to play with Moscow Dynamo of the then Russian Superleague for the 2007-08 season, many viewed it as a colossal gaffe from Calgary Flames management.  After spending most of the prior season with the big club, Giordano and the Flames were unable to come to a contract agreement, prompting the young defenceman to try his hand overseas.  The overall result was a positive one for both sides, and Giordano still believes the right decision was both parties.

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Losing Langkow: Unfortunate but Understandable

Pat Steinberg
August 29 2011 05:56PM

Seeing the Calgary Flames deal Daymond Langkow to Phoenix in exchange for Lee Stempniak left me with a very similar feeling to Calgary's deal with Buffalo at the draft in Minnesota.  While it sucks to see Langkow leave, I can understand the rationale behind moving a 35 year old forward who has played next to no hockey over the last year.  He may still be a very effective player, but it's tough to see how Langkow fits into the longterm plans of the Flames.

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