It's Official: Baby Flames Move To Stockton

Ryan Pike
January 30 2015 08:30AM

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The worst-kept secret in professional sports over the past year is now no longer a secret.

The American League finally announced in a press conference yesterday in San Jose that they've approved the formation of a Pacific Division to begin play in October. As part of the shift west, the Calgary Flames will be transferring their AHL farm club from Glens Falls, New York to Stockton, California.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 30 2015 06:39AM

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Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O'Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Roundup.

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Post-Game: Sometimes You Lose

Ryan Pike
January 30 2015 12:27AM

The Calgary Flames hoped to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Western Conference's wild-card hopefuls tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome. At the end of a rather spirited goaltending duel, though, the pack may have gotten a break and caught up to them a bit.

Off a Zach Parise goal - hardly the best chance either team got on the night - which stood up as the only goal either team would score, the Flames dropped a 1-0 decision to the Minnesota Wild. It's their 20th loss of the season in their 49th game.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #49: Taming the Wild (7pm MT; SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 29 2015 01:00PM

After a decisive win over the worst team in hockey, the Calgary Flames (26-19-3) return to action tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! But instead of facing a team with zero playoff hopes, the Flames are instead hosting the Minnesota Wild (21-20-6), a team that still has playoff hopes.

Well, dimming hopes. The team from the State of Hockey is seven points back from Calgary for the final playoff spot in the West. A loss to the Flames would put them nine points back, really kicking their post-season dreams in the teeth.

The Flames are simultaneously the hunter - of a divisional playoff spot currently held by San Jose and Vancouver - and the hunted - with four teams chasing them from below. A win tonight would trim the list of pursuers to three.

The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The Flames and Mike Richards

Kent Wilson
January 29 2015 11:00AM

Even though Mike Richards has already cleared waivers,there are persistent rumours that the Calgary Flames are still in talks with the LA Kings to acquire the former Flyer captain and two-time Cup winner. 

The hypothetical trade, of course, is complicated one because it's a salary dump rather than a pure hockey deal. Richards' contract is expensive and goes on forever. He's also 29 and has seen his play deteriorate rapidly over the last few seasons. Though he's still a functional (if grossly overpaid) NHLer, the Flames aren't calling the Kings because they want Mike Richards. They're calling them because they can make Mike Richards go away.

For a price.

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