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December 02 2016 05:00AM
A look at the Oilers without McDavid on the Ice, Brian Burke is fed up with the Dougie Hamilton rumors, Leafs young players - playing like stars, analyzing the Jets early season struggles, Flames need to be open for trade business, coach shake up in Florida, analytics vs traditionalists, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
December 01 2016 02:16PM
The Mark Jankowski era is over in Calgary. At least, for now.
After a call-up that saw the 2012 first round selection of the Calgary Flames scratched three times and dressed just once, the club announced that he's been returned to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat.
December 01 2016 02:00PM
Hello internet, it's your much maligned community manager with episode three of the new FlamesNation podcast. Today's episode features show regulars Ari Yanover, Christian T., and myself. Ryan Pike was unable, presumably lost in the Saddledome.
If anyone has seen him, let us know.
December 01 2016 12:00PM
It may come as a surprise to all of you, but I am not a big Mark Jankowski fan. I'll give you a minute to recover from the shock. Some of you are big Jankowski fans, and that's alright, too. Some don't have a strong preference either way, and that's also cool. We're all good pals here.
Regardless of where you think Jankowski will be in the future, the thing is that right now, he is not anything. He's a guy who clearly still needs some time before he will be a thing, and needs more time before we can declare that thing to be something or nothing.
The Flames are believers in Jankowski being something, and that's why they called him up to play. Well, that's not the only reason; Kris Versteeg may have been hurt, but it was nothing serious. Jankowski is a third here on merit, a third on precaution, and a third because Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are still hurt.
But being here is also a detriment to Jankowski, because he's not playing. Not playing his first two games after being dragged across the continent on short notice is fair enough, but he's still with the Calgary Flames and not playing for them. That's a bad thing.
December 01 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames will have a handful of unrestricted free agents after this season. Deryk Engelland and Dennis Wideman will likely be gone; at least one of Brian Elliott or Chad Johnson will probably stay.
But it's Kris Versteeg who's the most interesting upcoming UFA. Almost out of the NHL this season thanks to insurance complications preventing him from going to Switzerland, he ended up signing a PTO with the Edmonton Oilers.
After which point he said thanks but no thanks, and decided to skip south about three hours and join up with the Flames instead. Now, 16 games in the season - 10 missed thanks to both upper and lower body issues - he has seven points, and is sixth on the team in points per game. He's a winger that can play either side, and one of the few older guys on this team.
He's also been rather, well, good. So that begs the question: do you try to bring him back?