Count Down to Sochi Begins

Christian Roatis
August 26 2013 11:18AM



(Christian is attending Olympic orientation camp this week and will be providing us occassional insights and updates. A version of this article was originally published at The Sporting News .)

Hockey Canada kicked off their three day Orientation Camp in Calgary on Sunday in anticipation of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with an introductory press conference and Q&A session with the media.

The management team (consisting of Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Oilers President Kevin Lowe, Hockey Canada President/CEO Bob Nicholson and Hockey Canada Vice-President of Hockey Opertations Brad Pascall), the coaching staff (made up of Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock, Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff) as well as five players (Sidney Crosby, Roberto Luongo, Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron and Rick Nash) stopped in and answered questions regarding the Olympic games and this camp in particular.

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Realignment and the Flames

Ryan Pike
August 26 2013 08:36AM


- image via SportingNews


The 2013-14 campaign will be full of changes for the Calgary Flames. In addition to the many, many roster changes for the club, they'll also be in a new division. After 14 years in the Northwest Division, including one division win and four playoff appearances, the Flames will return to the reformed Pacific Division as part of the NHL's realignment.
But will this new divisional scheme help or hurt the Flames?

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The Price of Principle in Sochi

Kent Wilson
August 25 2013 10:38AM



(This article is by long-time Flames/Oilers blogger Sapp McIntosh. He doesn't have his own place anymore, so I agreed to publish it here on FN)

By: Sapp MacIntosh

The Russian government has recently made it perfectly clear they are not fans of people who love those who share like chromosomes (and/or genitalia). Russia has said any signs of support for human rights (and let’s be clear, this is not a gender/sexual orientation issue, it is a human rights issue) will not be tolerated.

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FN Weekend Open Thread - How Long Will the Rebuild Take?

Kent Wilson
August 24 2013 11:20AM



This came up in the Fan Ask from yesterday and it's a tough one. The Flames are currently at the onset of the rebuild and from where they're standing the desert seems to stretch out infinitely in all directions. "Forever" is the reflexive response of some, I think.

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Flames Fan Ask - August 22, 2013

Kent Wilson
August 23 2013 01:33PM



In the second installation of FlamesNation's new "Fan Ask" feature, I took to twitter yesterday and asked people to forward me some questions to mull over. I replied to some glibly yesterday, but here are the more in-depth responses.

Topics include what I would add to the Flames front office, whether the team should tank for McDavid and who I would choose to coach Calgary this upcoming season...

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