Yay Optimism - Brent Sutter's steady improvement

Kent Wilson
August 22 2011 12:51PM



It has been discussed around these parts in several comment strings, but the point should be covered in a full article: Brent Sutter's decision making has improved by leaps and bounds since he was first installed behind the bench, likely for more than one reason. One of the reasons to look forward to 2011-12 is that the Flames head coach is positioned to deploy his troops in the most ideal ways possible.

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Flamesnation Photoshop Contest - Celebrating Mark Giordano

Kent Wilson
August 22 2011 08:36AM


As part of th upcoming "Yay! Optimism!" series, we'll be putting together a number of articles on Mark Giordano whose unlikely meteoric rise through the Flames depths charts these last few years is one of th best stories in the NHL. An undrafted junior from the OHL, Giordano was a training camp try-out away from becoming an accountant. Now he's a $4M+ per year NHL defender and future assistant captain of the Calgary Flames (probably).

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Around the Nation - Debut Edition

Kent Wilson
August 21 2011 09:31PM



It's been a big summer for the Nations. We've added some stellar talent to Leafs Nation, Canucks Army and Flames Nation. We had five writers at the draft and managed to debut Flames Nation radio. Oilers Nation radio has grown in audience with each iteration. And the return of the Jets allowed us to add the newest member site to the network.

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August 21 2011 07:19PM


OMG OMG OMG OMG. Ryan Smyth is on NationRadio this week. Robin Brownlee hosts for the second week in a row and quite honestly we could kiss him for getting this to happen*

Cam Barker is on the show too - and you may recall he now plays with a Mr. Ryan Smyth. David Staples from the Edmonton Journal stops by too, ostensibly to discuss Ryan Smyth. Finally Ben Kuzma from the Vancouver Provence swings through. Perhaps he has some information regarding Ryan Smyth?

This is NationRadio. Enjoy!

*That's what she said

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August 21 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
August 21 2011 03:12AM



The NHL is mostly in the doldrums in regard to player movement at the moment, but that doesn't mean that  the business is completely peaceful, so it's time for a brief review of some of the happenings around the game. In this installment, the league's R and D camp has a few useful ideas, off-ice doings dominate in Phoenix, St. Louis, Dallas and the Island, and a member of hockey's family is laid to rest.

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