Gaudreau Joins Giordano in All-Star Game

Ryan Pike
January 23 2015 09:32AM

Johnny Gaudreau was pretty stoked to be invited to the All-Star Weekend as a rookie. He's probably super-stoked now, as he's been named an injury replacement. He joins teammate and Flames captain Mark Giordano in the game.

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FN Mailbag - January 23 2015

Ryan Pike
January 23 2015 09:00AM

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Welcome to a returning staple here at FlamesNation: the mailbag. From time to time, likely on a weekly basis, we'll check in with the citizens of the Nation regarding any questions or queries they have regarding the Calgary Flames.

Some will be serious questions. Some will be wacky questions.

All will be answered.

If you have questions for future mailbags, fire away in the comments or tweet them at me (@RyanNPike) or the FlamesNation account (@FlamesNation).

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 23 2015 07:30AM

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The loser point, Leafs piling up losses, David Clarkson, Flames buying or selling, Jeff Petry, an Oilers cartoon, skill players fighting and more in this week's Roundup.

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Ortio’s Long Road to The NHL Paved With Bumps and Believers

Steve Macfarlane
January 22 2015 01:30PM

His successful and headline-grabbing recent stint in Calgary might have taken some people by surprise, but a couple of the first Flames coaches to work directly with Joni Ortio could see signs of this as a possible outcome years ago.

Jamie McLennan was director of goaltender development for the Flames in 2008 when he first crossed paths with a young and talented Finnish netminder during a trip overseas to work with Miikka Kiprusoff in the offseason. On the ice with legendary goalie coach Uri Ylonen, Kiprusoff, Saku and Mikko Koivu and some other NHLers was a 17-year-old Ortio.

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Five things: At the break

Ryan Lambert
January 22 2015 09:15AM

1. This looks familiar

So Joni Ortio keeps winning and the Flames keep starting him. No surprise, you roll with the hot goalie. And it's difficult to think of a hotter goalie heading into last night's game than the .958 Ortio was pitching in his four games this season.

Now, this has prompted a lot of people to start talk if, "What do you do with Ramo?" Which seems a bit premature. Because while no one is saying Ramo's all that good, one must keep in mind that Ortio had played all of 13 career NHL games prior to last night, and carried a save percentage of .917. Is that good? Of course it is, but it's also 13 games, and when he played nine last year he went .891; only four of his appearances featured save percentages that broke .900.

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