Five things: The facts of life

Ryan Lambert
July 11 2013 08:01AM

1. A judicious decision

So the Flames, much to my surprise, didn't make serious runs at any of the league's big free agents this summer, or at least, didn't make runs serious enough to actually attract them. That's not the surprising part. The surprising thing, I guess, is that this team really is committed to tanking hard next season.

It would appear that Feaster is indeed planning to do what's best for the team and not necessarily his job by going forward with a team on which Lee Stempniak and David Jones are the top two right wings every single night.

I love it.

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Breathe Easy: Flames Sign Backlund

July 10 2013 03:21PM

And there it is.

I'm sure some of you were a scosh concerned that this had not happened yet (Not me though, I was totally confident the whole time and no I can't tell you why I've been sweating profusely during this whole ordeal), but the long wait is finally over: ol' Mikey Backlund is a member of your Calgary Flames for a little while going forward.

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Flames Prospects: Missed the Cut

Kent Wilson
July 10 2013 12:42PM



We recently wrapped up FN's ranking of the Flames top-15 prospects under 24. TJ Brodie topped the list, while Mark Jankowski came in at #15.

We'll re-order things next summer and I'm sure that list will include new guys like Sean Monahan, Emile Poirier and Morgan Klimchuk. For now, we'll look at the other hopefuls who didn't quite make the cut for various reasons this year.

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Flames Prospect Dev Camp: The Invitees

Christian Roatis
July 10 2013 08:26AM


The Calgary Flames announced the roster for their annual Prospect Development Camp held at WinSport July 10th to 15th, on Monday. The 45 man roster features the usual suspects like Sven Baertschi, Johnny Gaudreau and the recently drafted Sean Monahan but also listed 11 invitee players on tryout contracts.

It's always interesting to look into these invitees and investigate as to whether or not any of these guys have the potential to become legitimate prospects.

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Depth, Creative Destruction and the Calgary Flames

July 09 2013 11:40AM



I had a look at the Flames depth chart the other day.

I thought the situation for this season was going to be grim going into October. In fact, I was pretty sure that Feaster was positioning the team for a top-five pick in this year's draft deliberately. The quote from the Calgary Flames' website the other day about his perception of the talent available in the 2013 free-agent crop seemed to be sane, realistic and arguably backed up this belief.

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