Chris Johnston: Flames' young core 'better positioned' than Oilers for future success

Thomas Drance
September 10 2015 11:00AM

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From dampened tracksuits to potentially disastrous predatory offer sheets that failed to account for a pretty important CBA article, Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston has broken all kinds of colourful, interesting, and controversial stories in his career. 

This month Johnston has got a new sort of challenge though: tour the country and host four live hockey-talk shows in four different cities in four nights. It's called Puck Talks Live and it's coming to Calgary! The event will take place at your favourite watering hole (the Pint, duh) on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and you can buy tickets here! Kent Wilson will be there and so will Pat Steinberg! 

Anyway we caught up with Chris to talk about why Calgary's young core is so promising and also the Puck Talks Live event.

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2015 Penticton Prospects at a Glance

September 10 2015 09:00AM


The Young Stars tournament is finally here. That means some real, actual hockey with players, goals, hits and, where applicable, pride at stake.

Last year I ran through the prospect groups for the Oilers as a way to introduce to fans here some names with which they may not otherwise be familiar. The idea was that with the Flames entering a rebuild and attention turning to prospects and prospect depth it made sense to try and get the lay of the land in that regard amongst some other Western Canadian teams.

This year I'll again be looking at the Canucks, Oilers, Jets and Flames and independently rating their prospect depth chart.

We'll begin with the hosts of the Young Stars tournament.

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FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Hakan Loob

Byron Bader
September 09 2015 03:00PM

Hakan Loob, a name synonymous with the Flames of the '80s. He was the ultimate fan favorite, adored by the entire Flames fan base.  He was only a member of the Flames for six seasons but left his mark on the organization and is an obvious choice for FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team.

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Dominate Your Pool with the Daily Faceoff Draft Guide

Ryan Pike
September 09 2015 12:15PM

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It's hockey pool season, and if you're like me, pool season is a time to try to out-smart and out-wit your hockey-loving friends

Our pals at Daily Faceoff have toiled endlessly in their lair to compile a compendium of drafting information to allow you to dominate your pool.

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How to use your brand new Michael Frolik

September 09 2015 12:00PM

The time is almost upon us. Way back in the dark days when summer was first upon us and hockey over, the Flames went out and got the shiniest toy they could find: a 27-year-old Michael Frolik, freshly ready for his fourth NHL team.

And then we waited, because it was July, and people don't usually play ice hockey in July.

Or August.

They kind of start to in September, though, and - hey! It's September! We finally get to unbox our Frolik and see what he can do.

Over his seven seasons to date, we know he has two main modes: defensive, and really, really defensive.

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