FN Weekend Open Thread - News and Notes

Ryan Pike
August 17 2013 10:36AM



As we bowl headlong into the last two weeks of the NHL's off-season, it's probably time for a quick news and notes update for the weekend. After the jump we'll talk about the Flames new ECHL affiliate, the changing of guard in radio media and look at where some former Flames prospects have ended up.

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ACME NHL Rebuilding Kit™

August 16 2013 01:17PM



With the Flames rebuilding through the draft I thought I’d take a look at other teams that have drafted their core as part of a rebuild to determine a line as to where success and failure lie.

I decided to look at four recently rebuilt and relatively successful teams that used the draft as a principal means of talent acquisition – Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington. This isn’t an exhaustive search, and doubtless there are other examples of teams rebuilding their roster through various means, but these four are some of the most notable rebuilds since 2000 and three of them have become Stanley Cup champions in the last five years. I also felt that the Flames were closer to the situations in which these teams found themselves at the beginning of their rebuild than most other examples.

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FlamesNation Fan Ask - August 16, 2013

Christian Roatis
August 16 2013 09:20AM


It's no secret that things are slow in the NHL world - that August kind of slow. Most sports fans in Calgary have turned their attention to the thriving Stampeders and any Flames talk was placed in storage for the summer. Anyway, I thought I'd do a little Q&A to mix things up so I asked fans on Twitter and Facebook to send in questions for me to answer and I've narrowed it down to 10.

So without further ado...

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Flames WJC Camp: Quick Scouting Report

Kent Wilson
August 15 2013 02:33PM


PC #32 Jon Gillies

- pic via D. Mahoney

I didn't get to see any of the Flames kids at the recent WJC development camp tournament, but Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman took in every second of play (or close anyways). So in oreder to buttress Christian's insights from earlier today, I contacted Pronman and asked him to weigh on how the Calgary kids performed.

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Baby Flames at the World Juniors

Christian Roatis
August 15 2013 12:01PM


2010 WJHC
- pic via OddyOh


A number of the world's top hockey countries held evaluation camps this month in anticipation of the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden and it's generated a little buzz in the Calgary Flames world as a number of it's prospects received invitations to these camps. While not many fan bases pay much attention to which of their prospects get invited to a summer orientation camp, things seemed to be a little different in Calgary this year.

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