Post-Game: wild and young

Ryan Pike
February 01 2017 11:28PM

The Minnesota Wild are a really good hockey club. Sure, they played last night in Edmonton, but the Calgary Flames have been beaten by teams on back-to-backs before. But tonight, the Flames did what they haven't done a lot of over the last little stretch: they battled and they got good goaltending when they needed it.

Let's be honest here: the Wild know they're going to the playoffs. They played last night. But the Flames played a hungry game and never trailed during this contest. The Flames began their stretch drive with a strong performance in a 5-1 victory over Minnesota.

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Report: Cap to remain flat next season

Zach Laing
February 01 2017 01:01PM

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the NHL's salary cap will be remaining flat next year.

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FGD 53: A potential playoff preview (8pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 01 2017 12:00PM

If the Calgary Flames make the playoffs, they'll probably eke into a wild-card spot. (Heck, I predicted as much on the eve of the season.) If they are successful with their eking over the next 30 games there's a very good chance they'll be facing the Minnesota Wild, who began the home-stretch of their season yesterday in Edmonton as the top team in the Western Conference. It's a big test for the Flames, but one they'll need to pass if they have any hope of getting into the post-season. And let's be honest: they're all big games from here on out.

The home stretch kicks off at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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WWYD Wednesday: Forward, defense or goalie at the deadline?

Kent Wilson
February 01 2017 10:00AM

We're about a month away from the deadline and the Flames are still kind of in the playoff race. If they can put together a solid February, there's a good chance they'll still be in the chase when March rolls around. 

If nothing changes, Calgary should have just enough cap room to add one moderately sized contract via trade. That means if Brad Treliving is going to buy at the deadline, he'll likely have to concentrate on just one of the Flames' three main priorities: another scoring winger, a top four defender or better goaltending. 

So what should he prioritize?

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The 3 factors affecting a Kris Versteeg extension

Pat Steinberg
January 31 2017 10:30PM

I think most of us can agree the Calgary Flames would be well served to sign Kris Versteeg to a contract extension. With 21 points in 40 games, Versteeg has given the Flames great value on the one year, $950,000 contract he signed just before the start of the season. But while it seems simple enough to sign Versteeg to a new deal, there are a few important wrinkles to consider.

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