Calgary should offer Kris Versteeg a PTO

Mike FAIL
September 06 2016 08:00AM


When news broke yesterday that Kris Versteeg wouldn't be heading to the NLA due to insurance issues, yet another able-bodied forward became available. This isn't a Chris Higgins situation but more of a chance to pursue a player considerably more skilled.

And if we're being honest here, Kris Versteeg offers more than some existing roster players.

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World Cup practices begin: who are the Flames playing with?

Ryan Pike
September 05 2016 12:00PM

It's Labour Day, the traditional end of the summer and surefire sign that the hockey season will soon be upon us. Since everyone will soon be glued to the television (or camped out at McMahon Stadium) for the Labour Day Classic, here's a brief news update to keep you informed.

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Predictions for the Flames' 2016-17 season

RexLibris
September 05 2016 08:00AM

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Once again I’ve run projections on the Flames’ coming season.

Similar to previous years I have used a number of different statistical categories to cobble together a picture of where the Flames might end up and how the season may go for each player.

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Present-day Flames slowly but surely moving up the franchise records list

Ari Yanover
September 04 2016 12:00PM

When you look at the Flames franchise leader board, you see a whole lot of two names in particular: Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff. In the Flames of old, it was those two who really made the team.

That was the old, though; now, it's time for the new. Except we're still really new on that front, so those current-standing franchise records aren't in danger of being broken any time soon.

The goaltending isn't in danger of being broken, period. Kiprusoff was the king of the Flames' crease for a decade; the goaltending this year consists solely of newcomers. Nobody's matching that 41 shutout record, for example. Not this year, at least.

But skaters, though? We may be in the midst of a changing of the guard, but there are still some guys looking to move up the rankings this upcoming season.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I got this idea from Pensburgh; though it helps for them they've got elite players who have already spent several years in the league and are in the midst of their primes. Still - we'll see just how much that changes for the Flames over the coming seasons.)

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The Flames' defensive pairing dilemma

Ryan Pike
September 04 2016 08:00AM

The Calgary Flames are in a very unique position, and a very challenging one.

First and foremost, they're lucky: they have three really good defensemen in Dougie Hamilton, T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano. Unfortunately, they also have a trio of defensemen in Jyrki Jokipakka, Dennis Wideman and Deryk Engelland who are more limited in what they can do than the good blueliners.

The challenge for the Flames this season is figuring out how to balance their strong players with their weaker ones in order to maximize their performances.

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