The top 5 Flames moments of 2016

Pat Steinberg
December 31 2016 10:00AM

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Choosing the top five moments of the calendar year 2015 was significantly easier than it was 365 days later. That's because 2015 included a Calgary Flames playoff appearance and some of the craziest moments related to the team in recent memory. 

That doesn't mean 2016 didn't give us some fun moments, though. Much like we did a year ago, let's countdown the top five Flames moments over the last 12 months.

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The top 5 Flames players of 2016

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 08:00AM

It's been an interesting year for the Calgary Flames. In 2016, we've seen Flames all-stars, really long winning streaks, new coaches, new goalies and a spring without playoff hockey.

As your friends at FlamesNation look back on 2016, we've selected the five players that performed the best over the past 12 months.

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Handicapping the Flames expansion draft protections

Ryan Pike
December 30 2016 12:00PM

The month of December is almost complete; 2016 is almost but a memory (and good riddance). Soon it will be 2017, and before too long the Vegas Golden Knights will join the National Hockey League ranks by way of an expansion draft.

We're just shy of six months out, but let's take an early look at the options the Calgary Flames have available to them in regards to the expansion draft. In particular, let's dig into which players the Flames should be protecting.

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Ducks 3, Flames 1 post-game embers: Failure to adapt

Ari Yanover
December 30 2016 08:00AM

The Flames had a big opportunity with this one. If they'd won in regulation, they would have been right up there with the Ducks in points percentage, and a real threat to get into the top three of the Pacific Division. And not by games played, as they were before - but for real.

Of course, that's a bit of a tall order. The Ducks are a team filled with talented players that have often had the Flames' number, that one 8-3 win aside. That order grew even taller when Calgary lost one of their best players to illness.

And still, they hanged in there for most of the game, at least in score. But only scoring one goal is going to hurt you more often than not, failing to capitalize on a two-on-zero is pretty awful, and your special teams simply can't be that bad.

But at least it wasn't a blowout.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 30 2016 05:00AM

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Leafs Christmas wish list, should the Canucks have taken Matthew Tkachuk, Jets bracing for expansion, could the Flames have a Calder winner, are people worried about McDavid in Edmonton, prospect rankings, the World Junior tournament, skill over heart, the best scraps of 2016 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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