Calgary Flames 2012-13 Season Preview: Battling the Inevitable

Kent Wilson
August 28 2012 10:09AM


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 lackluster collection of players in or near their prime, the Flames will probably continue to trend downwards.

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News and Notes from the Weekend - Junior and Finnish Updates

Ryan Pike
August 27 2012 02:02PM



As the month of August threatens to turn into September, the National Hockey League and its players appear no closer to labour peace than they were a month ago. Despite this, the hockey world continues to turn.

Here's what going on related to your Calgary Flames...

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2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Max Reinhart

Ryan Pike
August 27 2012 11:32AM



When the puck drops for the 2012-13 season, all eyes may be on Sven Baertschi as he makes his full-time professional debut. But another very promising young player will also be turning pro – Max Reinhart.

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FN Weekend Open Thread - Woulda Shoulda Coulda

Kent Wilson
August 25 2012 09:58AM



Although we're all still waiting for Shane Doan to make up his damn mind and there are suggestions Roberto Luongo will maybe, sorta, kinda be traded, the 2012 summer free agency period is pretty much over. A few more signings will likely trickle in as the season's start approaches (whenever that will be), but the big boys are all spoken for at this point.

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On Rebuilding, Part 7: The Columbus Blue Jackets

Jonathan Willis
August 24 2012 01:29PM

Former captain Rick Nash (5of7/Wikimedia Commons)

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Script

  • The Blue Jackets have been rebuilding since the day they joined the league and are an example of how drafting in the top ten is a crapshoot.
  • They have never shown that building through the draft is a reasonable strategy.
  • The Blue Jackets are the perfect counter-point to the Penguins, for every successful rebuild like the Blackhawks and Penguins I can point to the Isles and Blue Jackets.

I think these are all reasonable approximations of the many statements recently surrounding the build-turned-rebuild in Columbus. So how do they stack up against the history of the organization?

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