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August 01 2014 08:05AM

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Trevor Linden sparks the fighting in hockey debate, a Jake Gardiner type deal in Justin Schultz' future, Flames and Jets goaltending, Nail Yakupov talking the talk, and more in this week's roundup

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Five things: Who's gonna make it?

Ryan Lambert
July 31 2014 08:30AM

1. Lots of decisions to come

The good thing about the Flames, almost regardless of how you choose to look at it, is that there's now, finally, a lot of youth on the team that used to be so typified by its players being in their late-20s and 30s. What that means in the long run is that the team has a chance to build some success for down the road and will likely have a number of affordable and potentially good players under contract for a number of years.

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Help Me Help You

bookofloob
July 30 2014 01:02PM


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It's the dregs of the offseason, friends, and as you know, that means content is coming at a premium. I don't like it anymore than you do, but short of inventing a real, working time machine, there's really sweet bippy any of us can do about it.

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Max Reinhart's Moment of Truth

Ryan Pike
July 30 2014 08:30AM

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A year ago, Max Reinhart was in tough in the Calgary Flames organization after a not-great first year of professional hockey. Now with a really great AHL season under his belt and some NHL experience, now is the time for Max Reinhart to make the jump to becoming a full-time NHLer.

Because after this season, there might not be many more chances for him within the Flames organization.

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How much has the Flames Goaltending Improved?

Kent Wilson
July 29 2014 09:00AM

A lot. Probably.

I suppose that needs more explanation. 

There's three main reasons the Flames were a bottom-5 team last year (besides, you know, not having a ton of talent):

1.) The first half of the season. A period during which Hartley spent experimenting with his roster and tactics, resulting in a precipitous drop down the standings. Calgary's second half of the year was actually quite respectable from a record and underlying numbers stand point.

2.) A lot of injuries to key members of a thin roster (only 3 Flames played 80 or more games and one of them was Chris Butler).

3.) Worse than average goaltending.

We're here to talk about the third thing. 

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