Flames All-Time Top 10 Draft Picks: #6 Gary Roberts

Ryan Pike
January 08 2013 04:20PM

If there was one event that cemented the stellar reputation of general manager Cliff Fletcher, it was the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. The names the Flames acquired that summer ranged from solid contributors to future hall-of-famers: Gary Suter (180th overall), Jiri Hrdina (159th overall), Brett Hull (117th overall), Paul Ranheim (38th overall), and the best pick of them all (for the Flames purposes anyways), first rounder Gary Roberts (12th overall).

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Flames 2012-2013 Season Preview: Battling the Inevitable

Kent Wilson
January 08 2013 09:27AM

 

(This article was originally published in August. However, rather than just re-linking to it I think it makes sense simply to re-publish it now. It has been updated in places to reflect what has happened with some players in the interim)

Despite missing the playoffs in each of the prior two seasons, last year began with a glimmer of hope for Flames fans - the club went on to be one of the hottest teams in the league in the wake of Darryl Sutter's ouster in 2011-12. So although new GM Jay Feaster only made a few nominal changes to the line-up in the summer of 2012, the feeling was the organization would bloom now that it wasn't operating under the dour cloud of Sutter's baleful glare.

Unfortunately, the second half run in 2012 was mostly a mirage. The Flames were (and remain) a fundamentally flawed club who are good enough to compete for a playoff spot, but several steps behind the true contenders in the league. The current construction of the team also makes a real step forward in the near future unlikely; in fact, with an aging core and a lackluster collection of players in or near their prime, the Flames will probably continue to trend downwards.

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This and That - We can finally talk hockey

Kent Wilson
January 07 2013 12:41PM

 

 

Just some things rolling around my head as we transition from interpreting legalese and negotiating strategy to discussing roster depth and line combinations. Of course, FlamesNation is going to re-do some of our previous season previews as well as cover Calgary's truncated training camp as thoroughly as possible. But for now, some bullets -

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2013 Flames Training Camp Preview

Ryan Pike
January 07 2013 08:36AM

The lockout is over! Training camp for the abbreviated 2013 NHL campaign will begin some time this week.

Approximately 30 to 33 players will be invited to training camp, according to Jay Feaster on The Fan960 recently. Breaking it down, however, it's patently obvious that there won't be a lot of true roster battles.

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LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED

Wanye
January 06 2013 05:04PM

What's that thing called when you break up with someone, both see other people and then decide you are going to get back together and have to pretend like the last 6 months never happened? Yeah. It's time for about 1000cc of that.

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