Things and Thoughts: Jakub Nakladal is worth re-signing

March 30 2016 08:00AM

It took nearly all season before fans and writers finally saw Jakub Nakladal finally play in the NHL. This of course was after Dennis Wideman's heinous crimes happened, numerous injuries, and Kris Russell being dealt before he really became a mainstay on the Flames' blueline. 

Within that time frame Nakladal has made an honest case for being re-signed in the off-season. And it's hard to be unhappy with his results so far of this smooth skating Czech in his first North American year of pro hockey.

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Mark Giordano is Calgary's Masterton nominee this season

Ryan Pike
March 29 2016 12:58PM

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by a vote of the Calgary chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. (Disclosure: nobody from FlamesNation is a PHWA member, we just think it's neat.) The nomination was announced by the PHWA's Twitter account this morning.

Named after the late Bill Masterton, who tragically passed away after an injury suffered in a game in 1968, the award goes to the player that "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

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How did all the call-ups do against Arizona?

Ryan Pike
March 29 2016 12:00PM

(Joe Camporeale / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames had four new faces in their lineup last night when they visited the Arizona Coyotes. Granted, two of the four "new" players were both up with the Flames earlier this season, but all four guys were summoned from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat and pressed into service at relatively short notice.

How'd the quartet of newcomers do?

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Who might be on the move this summer?

Pat Steinberg
March 29 2016 10:00AM


Most of us are aware of the salary cap situation the Calgary Flames are going to find themselves in this summer. With contract extensions pending for leading scorers Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, the Flames are very quickly going to find themselves in a cap crunch with difficult decisions to make. As such, Calgary is going to be looking for contracts to move this summer to give them more flexibility for next season and beyond. I've got a few ideal candidates that fit the bill after the jump.

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Flames 5, Coyotes 2 post-game embers: Good job, kids

Ari Yanover
March 29 2016 08:00AM

If the Calgary Flames are going to pick up two points at times through the rest of this season, the very least they can do is make sure it's the future of the club driving it.

And last night, it was! Hooray! The Flames may now be up to the sixth worst team in the league, but at least it was players 25 and under forcing it.

Four of them were called up, and we'll have more on them later today. But as for the rest...

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