Are negotiations on this collective bargaining agreement going better or worse than they went in 2004?

Jonathan Willis
July 08 2012 09:50AM

The collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA is slated to expire on September 15, 2012. The league and players’ association have until then to negotiate the details on a new agreement, or else the possibility exists that the 2012-13 season will not begin on time. How are things looking so far?

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July 07 2012 07:12PM

Last Sunday we boarded an "aeroplane" and headed off to nerd summer camp in San Francisco. And because we basically use the Nations as a diary and because Kent hasn't figured out how to override our author clearance on the site you are about to hear all about it.

Come on it's summertime - you gotta read about something right? Right.

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FN Weekend Open Thread - Construct Your Roster

Kent Wilson
July 07 2012 10:36AM



With Backlund in the fold, the Flames have 12 forwards on one way contracts plus a few kids and tweeners knocking on the door (Baertschi, Bouma, Horak, Kolanos, etc.). The blueline is full as well, with nine guys couting one way deals plus probable top-six sophomore TJ Brodie. The only question now is whether Leland Irving will be re-signed and if he'll back-up Kipper instead of Henrik Karlsson.

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Flames announce development camp roster

Ryan Pike
July 06 2012 06:28PM



Next week, Calgary Flames prospects and invitees descend upon Winsport for the team's annual development camp. The camp allows Flames fans their first look at many of the team's best and brightest, including the 2012 draft class. All of the club's 2012 draft picks will be in attendance for the five-day camp, but there are also several notable camp invitees and a handful of prospects that won't be in attendance.

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STOKING THE FIRE - From Draft to Free Agency

Vintage Flame
July 06 2012 01:48PM


While the fans sat back watching the first round of the draft go on, waiting patiently for the 14th pick overall to be announced by their beloved yet maligned Flames, the sound of 1.2 million jaws collectively hitting the floor quickly drowned out Gary Bettman before he could finish, “We have a trade to announce.”

While the Flames opting to trade down in the draft because they could still select Mark Jankowski with the 21st pick, and re-quire their 2nd round pick, may have drawn the ire of fans and hockey people all over Flamesland, the reality is we will not know the success or the detriment of the selection for at least 3 or 4 years.

What we will be able to scrutinize and evaluate is the moves made after the draft. The choices Jay Feaster and his new ensemble have made in regards to free agency are of the “here and now”. The moves are a clear statement to the players and the fanbase that the organization is still committed to the win now philosophy.

Are they any closer now than they were one year ago at this same time?

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