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October 21 2016 05:00AM

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Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Post-Game: Rocked by the Hurricanes

Ryan Pike
October 20 2016 10:35PM

The Calgary Flames are a salary cap team. They're bumping their heads on the cap ceiling. The Carolina Hurricanes are a cap floor team, just a smidge over the absolute bare-bottom for what you can pay an NHL squad. The Hurricanes came into Calgary without a win, and in the midst of a five game road trip. If you thought the deck was stacked for the Flames to have a confidence-building game, you were probably right.

Unfortunately, special teams were Calgary's undoing as they lost by a 4-2 score at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday evening.

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The Flames' cap crunch may benefit the Stockton Heat this season

Ryan Pike
October 20 2016 03:00PM

We've talked a lot about the Calgary Flames and the National Hockey League's salary cap so far this season, and for good reason. According to our friends at Cap Friendly, the Flames have $8,266 of cap room remaining... for the entire season.

That's not good news for the NHL club, but it does provide a bit of a silver lining for the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

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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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