FGD 5: Hurricane warning (7pm MT; SN Flames)

Ryan Pike
October 20 2016 12:00PM

After a win on Tuesday and a practice day on Wednesday, the Calgary Flames are back in action tonight at the 'Dome. Once again, they're entertaining a non-conference opponent as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town. In a game where the teams playing have one win combined this season, expect to see a lot of desperation and a fair amount of scrambley play (as a result of that desperation).

As was the case on Tuesday, you can catch all of the action on Sportsnet Flames beginning at 7 p.m. MT (with Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey at the helm) or on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

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Matthew Tkachuk, the Flames, and entry-level contracts

Ari Yanover
October 20 2016 08:00AM

Matthew Tkachuk has another five games to play before we're on the cusp of seeing whether the Flames choose to burn a year of his entry-level contract or not.

That's still a little over a week from now. The Flames' ninth game of the season is on Oct. 28, and a lot of things can happen over the course of eight days. Nothing is set in stone - not even Tkachuk's future, should he play 10 games this season, as the 40-game mark carries another contractual quirk to it.

So he may or may not  stay in Calgary throughout the entire year. The early returns are looking pretty good right now, though; most recently scoring a goal and getting more emotionally involved in the game definitely helped out his team.

But Tkachuk isn't the first high profile rookie forward the Flames have had to make a decision on. Let's take a little trip down memory lane.

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The new Flames goalies have tremendous gear

Ryan Pike
October 19 2016 04:00PM

Hockey is full of biases based on weird reasons. Heck, Kevin Lowe once defended the horrendous play of the Edmonton Oilers by proclaiming them to be "visually better." Here at FlamesNation we're fine with owning our biases, so we'll just lay this out: we love awesome goalie gear combinations.

We were filled with abject sorrow when Jonas Hiller and his awesomely colourful Kohos left town over the summer. We're still a bit sad that there are no Finns in town with cool, skull-emblazoned masks. But now that the season has commenced, we've grown to love the gear of the team's two new goaltenders.

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A brief history of Flames first goals

Ryan Pike
October 19 2016 02:47PM

Last night, Calgary Flames 2016 first round selection Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal in the Flames' 4-3 victory over Buffalo. It was the latest in a line of first goals by Flames prospects that were developed and made the NHL roster.

How does Tkachuk's goal stack up in the recent pantheon of firsts?

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Nation Network Statement on the Closing of General Fanager

Nation World HQ
October 19 2016 01:08PM


On Monday night the Nation Network learned, along with the rest of the hockey world, that NHL salary resource GeneralFanager.com was off-line for good.

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