FGD #79: The 224th Battle of Alberta (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
April 04 2015 02:00PM

It's a meeting of two teams trending in different directions tonight at Rexall Place!

The Calgary Flames are, as the final week of the NHL season begins, in a playoff spot. The Edmonton Oilers are near the bottom of the league standings. Considering that Calgary's rebuild is in Year Two and Edmonton's is in Year Infinity, that's pretty encouraging for Flames fans.

Tonight's game is the first of the final four contests for the Flames. Three wins likely gets them into the post-season. Less than that? Probably gets them squat, so they cannot let points slip away.

The puck drops tonight for the final 2014-15 edition of the Battle of Alberta at 8pm MT on CBC (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

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The Nation Drafts Playoff Pool: Play for Charity, Fun, and Glory

Ryan Pike
April 04 2015 12:00PM

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It's nearly the end of the season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of Calgary Flames playoff hockey, we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!

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A list of players that would be more useful to the Flames than Brandon Bollig

arii
April 04 2015 10:00AM

You see that ref's face? That ref's face is my face. That ref's face might very well be your face, too. That ref's face is quite possibly the face of every single Flames fan in existence.

That ref's face is the face one has when one's team gives up a third round pick in order to acquire a Brandon Bollig. One inexplicably signed to a three-year deal with a $1.25 million cap hit. You know what? The amount of money doesn't really matter. Three years, though? Three? We still have two more after this? What? Why??

Because the massive problem with that? On top of every other massive problem? There's no way he can last those three years. There are wingers in the Flames' system that will push Bollig out by then. There are wingers in the system that should have already pushed him out. There... there have been wingers that should have pushed him out at the start of the year. There are so many of them, you guys. There are just so many.

What if he somehow stays for all three years?

That ref's face, guys. All our faces.

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Flames Recall 2014 4th Overall Pick Sam Bennett

Ryan Pike
April 03 2015 03:38PM

After much speculation, it is now official.

Kingston Frontenacs forward Sam Bennett, Calgary's highest draft pick in team history, will join the team immediately. The team announced the move via a press release earlier this afternoon.

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FN Mailbag - April 3, 2015

Kent Wilson
April 03 2015 03:02PM

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It's the final countdown. The last hurrah. Do or die. The Flames have just five games left in 2014-15. Five chances to complete their Cinderella season and punch their ticket to the playoffs. By this time next week, it may well be down to the final contest against the Winnipeg Jets. 

And, of course, that means there's lots to talk about in the weekly mailbag. This time around we look at pending free agents, the Flames blueline (again), Flames goalies (again), shot quality and Phil Kessel. 

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