Byron Bader
May 09 2014 08:30AM


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The NHL draft is one of the most important parts of any NHL team’s year. It is a team’s opportunity to pick up players that, down the road, may turn into franchise cornerstones or at least pieces that will them be successful. Unlike free agency or trades, the draft is an opportunity to add pivotal assets at basically no charge, with the added bonus of (likely) having the player through his prime playing years.

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Five things: What will summer hold?

Ryan Lambert
May 08 2014 10:30AM


1. What do the Flames need most?

With Brad Treliving now having completed his whirlwind media tour to assure the world that the Flames are going to be run competently, and the team having already put its farm club in Glens Falls (I have a hilarious note on that in a minute), the focus now turns to the coming draft and beyond.

Treliving, as any new GM of a team in full and bald-faced rebuild mode would, takes the gig with a lot of stuff already sitting on his plate. The first of these, I think, is the most evident is addressing the Flames' NHL roster for the coming season, for a couple of reasons.

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A Flames Guide to the World Championships

Ryan Pike
May 08 2014 08:15AM

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The Calgary Flames missed the playoffs. The Abbotsford Heat have already been knocked out. The only Flames prospects currently playing are with the ECHL's Alaska Aces. But that doesn't mean that hockey is over.

Nope. It's time for the World Hockey Championships.

Known rather tongue-in-cheek as "the Olympics for players that aren't hurt or in the playoffs," this year's Worlds are unique in that a lot of fresh faces are playing for the first time. The reason? It's an Olympic year, and a lot of players that normally would be playing in the tournament have a ton of mileage on their bodies and have opted out.

Their loss is somebody else's gain, though.

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Who Wants To Be A Flames Broadcaster?

Ryan Pike
May 07 2014 01:21PM


The past few weeks have been a bit melancholy, as it seems retirements of beloved Flames broadcasters has become the norm. Last week, it was Peter Maher. This week, former Flames TV host and play-by-play man Grant Pollock announced he's hanging it up after a long and distinguished career.

But the slight silver lining to these retirement clouds is that a few new faces could be joining Calgary's media landscape as the new broadcast team for Calgary Flames radio broadcasts.

And Rogers has helpfully posted job descriptions in an effort to, most likely, get some competition going for these positions. And if nothing else, these postings can provide some interesting insight into how these positions are framed internally.

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Random Thoughts - Dawning of the Age of Fancy Stats

Kent Wilson
May 07 2014 08:24AM

It's been a pretty weird year for those of us who were around the the beginning of hockey's "advanced stats" movement. At the start, there were never any thoughts about popularizing their use or getting them into the NHL executive offices. It was simply a collection of enthusiasts asking questions, gathering data and arguing over the implications. That's why the nomenclature is so odd - Fenwick, Corsi, PDO - the stat names were simply shorthand monickers that stuck. There was no consideration about accessibility (ie; marketing).

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