Nation World HQ
January 31 2015 09:40AM


As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division. Well, those writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards until something spilled out, and here we are.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.

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FN Mailbag - January 31 2015

Ryan Pike
January 31 2015 08:30AM


Welcome back to the FlamesNation Mailbag!

This week, we dive into a common question: So just what's the point of having Brandon Bollig and Deryk Engelland on the team?

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Robin Brownlee
January 30 2015 03:01PM


Why should the NHL continue to reward the Edmonton Oilers for on-ice failure and organizational ineptitude by giving them a better chance to select the cream of the crop at the Entry Draft while more successful teams line up behind and wait their turn? It shouldn’t.

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82 Games After The Rogers Arena Brawl

Ryan Pike
January 30 2015 01:00PM

January 18, 2014 was a Saturday. The Calgary Flames were listing through the middle of their first rebuild season. They visited Vancouver. Bob Hartley dressed Brian McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth, Blair Jones, Ladislav Smid and Chris Butler as his starting five. The Canucks responded with five pluggers of their own.

Chaos ensued.

And since then, Calgary has emerged as one of the NHL's most surprising teams. Last night's game was the 82nd for the Flames since that Rogers Arena line brawl. Here's a brief glimpse of how the team's done in the, well, season, since all that scrapping.

(For the sake of convenience, we've excluded any games played last night from this analysis.)

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Bettman Met Mayor Nenshi

Ryan Pike
January 30 2015 11:54AM

As the Calgary Flames season chugs along, other things are happening off the ice that may have an impact (or not) in the future.

In an appearance with Rob Kerr on The Big Show on Sportsnet 960 The Fan yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned that he had met with Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi, for the first time the day prior. We've since been able to confirm the Wednesday meeting with the mayor's office, though they declined further comment.

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