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Comparing the Regehr and Burns Trades

    I’ve been asked by a number of emailers and commenters to take a look at the Robyn Regehr and Brent Burns swaps since the draft. The comparison seems like an apt one: both are top-four defenders exchanged in the same market to teams looking to shore up their defensive depth. The Sharks have…

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Flames UFA Targets

Knowing where the Calgary Flames are with their salary cap situation and their current roster situation, free agency starting on July 1st may not be as lucrative as it could be for other teams.  However, that doesn’t mean the Flames should be completely idle, and there are some potential good value picks for teams willing…

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UFA Profile: Brendan Morrison

As weird as it was watching former Canucks forward, and Flames killer, Brendan Morrison suit up in Calgary colours this past season, you can’t deny one thing: Morrison gave the Flames very good value on the bargain basement contract they signed him to.  Finishing with 43 points in 66 games, Calgary really did get great return…

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UFA Profile: Anton Babchuk

Watching the progression of Anton Babchuk in his time with the Calgary Flames this past season was one of the more interesting storylines of the 2010-11 campaign.  While he gave the Flames an element they haven’t had since Dion Phaneuf manned the point, we also saw a number of deficincies in Babchuk’s game.  Because he…

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Player Profile – Chris Butler

                 As the Robyn Regehr transaction unfolded this past weekend, there was a considerable sense of disappointment when Chris Butler was announced as the NHL portion of the return. Butler, a 24 year old defenceman from St. Louis, was used for much of the year as a 4th/5th…

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A Closer Look at Paul Byron

    It’s no secret I consider the return for Robyn Regehr underwhelming. Chris Butler and Paul Byron are players that strike me as the type of assets that are freely available at any given point in any given off-season. There was a whole collection of guys superior to Byron recently not qualified by their teams…

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On the Loose

                   This afternoon was the deadline to qualify NHL RFAs, and a few names of note were advised by their teams that they would be set free. I’m going to look at three players in particular, with consideration given to their merits as players and whether it…

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The 2011 NHl Entry Draft – A Travellers Notes

    (While I usually restrict my writing to objective analysis and editorials aimed at hockey ops, this post is a thorough and detailed recounting of my time at the NHL entry draft this past weekend. It’s is therefore very long. Fair warning.) My trek to the 2011 NHL entry draft began on Thursday afternoon….

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Flames Say Good-bye to Pelech, Armstrong

    Today was the deadline for tendering qualifying offers for RFA’s. As reported by Vicki Hall on twitter, the Flames did not qualify a whole heap of their standing restricted free agents, including former first round pick Matt Pelech as well as Gord Baldwin, John Armstrong and Josh Meyers.  

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The case for Niclas Bergfors

If you’re like me, you might have gone and looked through the list of forwards at Behind The Net to find a few of the guys who performed well with good Corsi and Fenwick numbers but did not produce much due to low shooting percentages. One of the names among the many that pops up…

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Picture This…

With the 2011 NHL Entry Draft all wrapped up in St. Paul and Minneapolis, I thought I’d finish up the task of trying to make FlamesNation followers back in Calgary a little more a part of the action.  This years draft was very significant for the Calgary Flames, among a number of other NHL teams,…