FN Weekend Open Thread - What We Lost In the Lock-out

Kent Wilson
September 08 2012 10:23AM


Thinking about the current labour situation and the possibility of another lock-out, it got me reminiscing about the previous work stoppage and what it cost the Calgary Flames. This time, the price may be Iginla's final season in Flames colors or even Kippers. It could mean the end of era, snuffed out by the venal interests of very rich men. 

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2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Mikael Backlund

Ryan Pike
September 07 2012 12:21PM



If there's one Flames player waiting eagerly for the CBA talks to culminate and get back onto the ice, it's Mikael Backlund. There may be nobody else on the roster – not Roman Cervenka, not Sven Baertschi, not anybody else – with as much to prove as Backlund.

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Two Minutes Hate! The Doug Risebrough Edition

September 07 2012 09:22AM




Oh man, I am so excited about this feature. There is nothing I like more than railing against those who we deem have wronged our Calgary Flames. A good text based hate hucking is going to make us all feel better about the current labour unrest, the Flames' stumble into mediocrity, and whatever crazy thing Michael Ferland is about to do next, trust me.  

Now you'd think, this being a hockey blog and whatnot, that we would call this feature "Two Minutes For Hate", in which those we loathe would have their sins recapped and would be forced to sit in the penalty box, but this hardly seems like fair retribution. No, we feel that our chosen tribute to Orwellian brainwashing and surveillance tactics are far more necessary, not that we here at Flames Nation would EVER try any of these mind control schemes on you, our noble reader.

Seriously though, we are watching you.

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2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: TJ Brodie

Kent Wilson
September 06 2012 11:59AM



Once the season starts, the Flames will have a couple of rookies who will garner a lot of attention: Sven Baertschi and Roman Cervenka. That will mean the roster's lone sophomore - TJ Brodie - will likely slide under the radar undetected. That's not entirely a bad thing for the 22-year old defender.

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Five things: 'Tis the season

Ryan Lambert
September 06 2012 06:43AM

1. Get ready

In the last week, we got the first two official stops on the "Sorry I was So Bad Last Season" Calgary Flames Apology Tour.

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