Jakub Nakladal and the cap space dilemma

September 14 2016 02:00PM

It's September, the World Cup of Hockey tournament is about to start for real, and the Calgary Flames still have to sign Johnny Gaudreau. But an underlying and rather valuable asset remains unsigned as well: Jakub Nakladal.

After his well above-average showing to close out last season, the Czech blueliner is among a small contingent of capable NHLers who may warrant a PTO or a contract - whether it's in the NHL or overseas - that can help improve a team immediately.

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Setting expectations for the 2016 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 14 2016 12:00PM

Training camp is almost here, so we're taking a trip down memory lane and checking out previous Calgary Flames draft classes. Which picks are doing well? Which are doing poorly? And what are reasonable expectations for their performances this coming season?

We close out with the 2016 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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What could the Flames' lines look like in Penticton?

Ari Yanover
September 14 2016 09:00AM

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Hockey is almost back! And not just weird pseudo-international gimmicky hockey: Calgary Flames hockey. Almost.

With the Young Stars Classic set to kick off this Friday, the Flames have released their roster list. Six of the Flames' nine picks from this past June will be there, as will be four of five from the 2015 class, as will some stragglers from a couple of years earlier, plus a handful of invites.

Naturally, some of these players are more exciting than others. They're all going to have to come together, though, so let's muse on just who might play with whom while the clock counts down to their first game.

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September 14 2016 07:00AM


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Some may not want to admit it, but the top team (in terms of interest) at the World Cup of Hockey is Team North America. Armed with a bunch of kids who only recently were playing video games until 2am in someone's basement on New Year's Eve, these young hockey players are fast and furious. Here are five things (plus a little more) we can all look forward to from the young guns.

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Flames announce Young Stars Classic roster

Ryan Pike
September 13 2016 02:44PM

After a lengthy, lengthy summer, the Calgary Flames are about to play meaningful hockey again. The road to the 2016-17 season opener on October 12 begins with prospect camp and the 2016 Young Stars Classic Tournament!

Featuring players with fewer than 100 North American pro regular season (and playoff) games or fewer than 25 NHL appearances, the Penticton tournament has been the first chance for fans to see youngsters in live hockey action! Who will be suiting up for the Flames during this year's affair in Penticton? The Flames have released their roster for the event.

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