FGD: Jose Away

Pat Steinberg
February 25 2011 11:52AM

Coming off a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames are right back at home on Friday as they take on one of the Western Conference's hottest teams in the San Jose Sharks (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).  San Jose's last month and a half has been extremely impressive, and it's gotten them back to where we all thought they should be...on top of the Pacific Division.

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Jason Gregor
February 25 2011 02:28AM

Every year during the month leading up to the NHL trade deadline there are heated debates in chat rooms, on blogs, at coffee rooms, around water coolers and here on the Nation about what is a fair or good return in a trade. It is much easier to debate when actual players are moved, but when people start tossing around draft picks the air becomes much more grey.

What is the true value of a draft pick? Is a 2nd rounder fair return on a eight-year veteran 3rd pairing D-man? Many of us seem to think it is, but is it really?

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Staios! Is! Available! Contest Entries

Kent Wilson
February 24 2011 09:27PM


About a week ago I was randomly offering Steve Staios to various rival clubs fans on Twitter. I came up with this wacky idea for a contest on a whim (thanks to some of the creative responses I got via twitter), so I was pleasantly surprised by the response. Following are 17 of the top "Staios ads" I've received since I put out the announcement.

The winner will be determined based on Flamesnation staff input as well as reader response. As mentioned at the outset, the victor will win not only praise and accolades, but $100 worth of gift certificates to a Calgary based Hudson's Tap House (and yes...you can spend that on food AND booze).

(Disclaimer - Steve Staios is by all accounts a good guy and probably doesn't deserve any of this.)

And now, the good stuff. Entries are presented in no particularly order and I've decided not to disclose the identity of the entrant so that voting/results are unbiased (although the creators are free to take credit in the comments I suppose). Enjoy!

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Ales Kotalik on Re-entry Waivers

Kent Wilson
February 23 2011 10:35AM




According to Bob McKenzie, the Flames have put Ales Kotalik on re-entry waivers this morning. The move could be for the purposes of recalling him (unlikely) or to allow someone else to scoop him at half his current price for this year and next. If Kotalik does get claimed, the Flames will have $1.5M in dead cap space on their budget next season.

Also of interest is the fact that Nikolai Zherdev was placed on waivers by the Flyers today. The forever maligned russian actually has excellent underlying numbers in Philly this year so I don't know what the issue is with him, but he's a guy who could be worth a look for Calgary. It's a move Darryl Sutter never would have made, so if Feaster wants to start putting his own stamp on the team, claiming Zherdev would be a step in that direction.

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Postgame: Pretty Close

Pat Steinberg
February 22 2011 10:09PM

The Boston Bruins were the better team Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames, and thus were full marks for their 3-1 win on the road.  Yet, This was a 1-0 game for the majoirty of the night, and the Flames were able to hang with a pretty good Boston team, a team many are pointing to as a contender out of the East.  They played a fairly solid hockey game, and on this night, fell short.

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