Best of the Nation – 2.10.13

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2013 09:31AM

Lots of good stuff after the jump – trades and transactions, NHL expansion, Craig MacTavish on his old team in Vancouver, Olympic speculation and more. Plus – a special look at the (highly impressive) results of our Jets Nation casting call.

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Flames Fall to Vancouver: A few Steps Back

Kent Wilson
February 09 2013 11:11PM

Both the Flames and Canucks entered this game with winning streaks, but that ended with a thud for Calgary. With both teams missing a bug chunk of their second lines, this evening was about how the hopefuls like Schroeder and Street would perform as well as the battle between the top lines.

Advantage: Canucks.

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FGD: Back Into the Lion's Den

Kent Wilson
February 09 2013 05:23PM

Behind Enemy Lines: Canucks Army

The Flames have a chance to go 3-for-3 on this brief road trip tonight on HNIC, but they'll have to get by the always difficult Vancouver Canucks to do it.

Without David Booth and Ryan Kesler, Vancity isn't quite as intimidating as they once were. In fact, for the first time since Vancouver started habitually leading the NW division, Calgary has better underlying numbers than their divisional rival. That doesn't mean the Canucks are now the inferior team just yet gvien how few games we've played and the lack of Kesler in Vanouver's line-up, but at least that suggests the distance between the two clubs is shrinking rather than growing.

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Flames News and Notes, February 8 2013

Ryan Pike
February 08 2013 04:20PM



As the east coast is caught up in a snow storm and the Flames arrive in Vancouver for Saturday's game, several news items dropped this afternoon.

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Should the Flames Have Taken Yann Danis?

February 08 2013 01:52PM

A short while ago Yann Danis, the Oilers backup goaltender while Khabibulin gets up to NHL speed and their starter in the AHL, was put on waivers.

Why didn’t the Flames take him?

The current backup for Miikka Kiprusoff (and now starter) is Leland Irving who was a healthy scratch in Abbotsford in favour of Barry Brust and Danny Taylor during the lockout. Irving was also waived earlier this year, along with Henrik Karlsson.

Fair to say that the Flames organization does not appear to be a great deal of faith in Irving as a future goaltender?

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