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NHL News and Notes

                                            With player movement beginning to heat up, it seems like a good time to have a look around the league for a few items of interest. This week, the first significant trades of the off-season are in the books, the players take the escalator, and the HHoF’s new class includes one of the…

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Flames 2010 Draft targets

  Predicting picks in the NHL entry draft outside of, say, the top 5 is a bit of a fools errand. Not only do we not have access to the Flames draft board, where the club’s scouts would rank order the kids available, we also can’t anticipate the moves of the 29 other franchises on…

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Sutter at the Draft – Player Trades

      With this weekend’s draft having the air of a very busy trading period around the league, I wanted to review Darryl Sutter’s history from draft weekends past, with a particular emphasis on moves where the Flames exchanged NHLers for NHLers. I’ll look at three specific moves from the ’06-’08 draft weekends, both…

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Flames 2010-2011 Schedule Released

  The Flames will begin the season on the road versus Taylor Hall (maybe?) and the Edmonton Oilers on October 7. Other dates of note inlcude: The Flames have their home opener on Sunday, October 10th as they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames’ annual New Year’s Eve home game has Calgary hosting the…

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UFA Profiles – Mayers and McGrattan

  As the draft approaches on Friday, I figured it’d be good to get the final two pending Flames UFA’s out of the way.  So far, we’ve covered Conroy, Higgins and Nystrom, with debate going both ways on each guy.  I think the final two will have much less debate surrounding them, as we move…

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Calgary Flames 2010 Draft Primer

    The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is just four days away and although the Flames don’t currently possess a top-60 pick, Darryl Sutter has historically been very active on draft day in the past. As such, there’s little chance that the Friday/Saturday action will not include Calgary, especially given the Flames urgent need to…

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The Back-up Goalie Market

  The surprising Halak to St. Louis trade yesterday was marginally relevant to the Flames in that another team now has a solidified starter heading into next season. Jobs will therefore be even harder come by for this year’s UFA goalie crop as a result, which should result in more than a couple of quality…

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UFA Profiles – Eric Nystrom

It’s come up in both our previous articles on pending Calgary Flames UFA players (done so far: Craig Conroy and Chris Higgins), so I figure he’s probably the next logical guy to profile. For the first time in his career, Flames first rounder Eric Nystrom enters free agency, and his return to Calgary is not…

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Prospect Profiles – Others

  We’ve profiled many of the significant Flames prospects over the last few weeks. Here’s the rest of the pack, albeit in briefer form. John Negrin, D Chosen in the third round in 2007, Negrin is a tall, mobile defender who has some (limited) offensive upside. He scored at a decent enough rate in the WHL,…

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Trade Proposal – With a Twist

                                             One of the underlying issues confronting the Flames this off-season is their shortage of cap space. Presuming the players go for the escalator to the salary cap, Calgary will have just under 6…

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The Flames and Organizational Depth

  TLP’s draft post and contributing to Hockey’s Future has made it mainfestly obvious to me just how shallow the Flames are at forward. Even with guys like Howse, Wahl, Nemisz and Backlund in the picture, Calgary lags well behind even the median NHL team in terms of skilled, viable youngsters up front. 

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UFA Profiles – Chris Higgins

  Pretty much the only way Higgins could score last year    Forward Chris Higgins is next up on our profiles of potential unrestricted free agents for the Calgary Flames.  He played just 12 games with the Flames, after being acquired from the New York Rangers on February 1st along with Ales Kotalik.  His stint…