The new-look Flames defence, post-Mark Giordano version

Ari Yanover
March 10 2015 10:17AM

For a while, the Calgary Flames had their defensive core figured out. Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie handled the main duties on the top pairing and Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell provided support to round out the top four. 

Then there was, well, the others: those deemed lucky enough to get maybe 10 minutes a game. They consisted of a rotation of Deryk Engelland, Ladislav Smid, and Raphael Diaz, until Smid got injured, apparently never to be seen again, and Engelland and Diaz took over full time.

It was their defence lineup. They found it all on their own. It was little and broken but still good. (Actually not really all that good, but they were winning games and scoring a lot so pretty okay. Gio and Brodie were the good ones, really.)

And then Giordano's season ended prematurely, and the Flames have had to figure out a new defensive lineup for the remaining 20-ish games, with the potential for an extra four or seven or maybe even more.

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Late Afternoon Flames Nation Power Rankings: I Got Nothing Left

March 09 2015 03:56PM


Well, Citizens, the good news is that crazy things keep happening to the Flames on what has been truly a wild ride of a season, and that's helping me complete these power rankings, and that's good, because I'm certainly not creative enough to get through a week of rankings for, let's say Winnipeg, where generally nothing interesting ever seems to happen.

(I just recoiled at the thought of being a Jets fan. Oh gag)

Anyway, I think this week's piece will demonstrate both of these things: The Flames year is ridiculous and fun, and I am bad at this.

So read on, and remember, as always, the gravity and serious intent of this. It's kind of a big deal.

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Jiri Hudler Named NHL's First Star Of Week

Ryan Pike
March 09 2015 11:30AM

In the afterglow of the Calgary Flames completing a 4-2-1 record on their epic seven-game road trip, there's a bit more good news.

Jiri Hudler was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for his work over the past seven days.

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Let's Talk About Comebacks

Ryan Pike
March 09 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames are not the National Hockey League's greatest team. They often get out-shot. They usually get out-chanced. But despite all these faults, the Calgary Flames have consistently found their way back into games, and that's been the big difference-maker for them this season.

It's gotten to the point where we all expect comebacks. (The following tweet was when they were down 2-0 in Detroit this week.)

Last night, the Calgary Flames busted out perhaps their most impressive comeback. Down four goals, on the road, on the final night of the season's longest road trip, the Flames forced extra time and left our nation's capital with a point.

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Who are the Flames' future leaders?

Ari Yanover
March 09 2015 09:00AM

Leadership is important in most facets of life, and of course, professional sports are no exception. For a rebuilding team, it's especially crucial. After all, rebuilding teams tend to be filled with younger players, and they usually don't win a whole lot. The latter isn't quite true for the Flames this season, but the former is, as there have been tons and tons of rookie recalls.

The Flames are pretty fortunate with the group they've got, captained by Mark Giordano. Or perhaps it should be they were for fortunate. Trades, coupled with Giordano's injury, have left Kris Russell the sole survivor of the leadership group that started the season.

While his defence partner Dennis Wideman joined him with a letter, as did Jiri Hudler (who maybe should have had an "A" all along), it's possible the Flames already have their future leadership core in their lineup.

Who fits the bill?

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