Brett Kulak sent down; where does Matt Bartkowski fit in?

Ari Yanover
February 17 2017 11:00AM

The Flames' lack of adequate defencemen has plagued them all season. From starting the year off by having Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton all playing on different pairings to constantly insisting Dennis Wideman should be playing top four minutes contrary to any evidence whatsoever, things have been far less than ideal.

Matt Bartkowski probably isn't going to be the solution to this problem, but at least he should help shake things up a bit.

In the meantime, though, the Flames were sitting at 14 forwards and nine defencemen, so somebody had to go down. That somebody was the waiver-exempt Brett Kulak.

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What if the Flames do nothing at the trade deadline?

Ryan Pike
February 17 2017 08:00AM

Since becoming the Calgary Flames' general manager in April of 2014, Brad Treliving has built up a reputation as a man of action. He's been busy throughout his tenure, including making fairly hefty transactions at basically every major milestone in the National Hockey League's calendar.

But with the expansion draft looming just over the horizon and the Flames in a precarious position both cap-wise and in the standings, what if Treliving doesn't do anything at this year's trade deadline? Here's why that might very well happen on March 1.

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The Nation Notebook: Leafs cap room, Jagr's milestone, Strome's ESPN-worthy goal

Christian Pagnani
February 17 2017 07:00AM

NNNotebook

The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

Dylan Strome scored a goal that was interesting enough to get ESPN talking about hockey! On TV, too! Curtis Lazar was healthy scratched again, so we have to talk about the possibility of his days in Ottawa being numbered. Again! And Jaromir Jagr reaches another milestone, becoming the second player in NHL history to record 1900 career points. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 17 2017 05:00AM

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The Leafs are in on every trade rumor, Canucks taking calls, Nyqvist somehow only gets 6 games, the Jets still have holes, Flames aren't sure if they are buying or selling but March-Andre Fleury is not the answer in net, breaking down the potential moves in the Pacific and Central divisions and plenty more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Marc-Andre Fleury is not the Flames' answer in net

Ari Yanover
February 16 2017 04:00PM

We're just under two weeks away from the trade deadline, so the hope is that things will kick into gear soon. The expansion draft really complicates things, but there's still bound to be movement at the deadline as teams gear up for the playoffs.

Hopefully the Flames will be one of those teams that makes the dance, but in case they're not, then hopefully anything they do at the deadline will help their future, too.

Before they acquired Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson, Marc-Andre Fleury was reportedly one of the goalies they were looking in on. They passed. But neither Elliott nor Johnson has exactly panned out, and so apparently, it's... back to Fleury? At least according to Sportsnet, it very well might be.

To which I would just like to say: no.

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