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FlamesNation Contributor Search

    Yesterday I floated the notion that we here at FN would appreciate some new blood on twitter. The response was fairly strong, so I decided to run with the idea.

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THE NATION COMES TO EDMONTON

Edmonton will host most of the best under-20 players our country has to offer starting Wednesday August 3rd. Hockey Canada has invited 47 players to this year’s camp; four goalies, 17 D-men and 26 forwards, but some of the invitees will likely be in the NHL in October, and won’t be available to help Canada…

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The Parise Solution

    As we continue to discuss (and argue about) the various reasons why the Flames are perpetually middling, it makes sense to start suggesting some solutions to the problem. A little while ago, I wrote that Calgary should target Steven Stamkos with an offer sheet. Perhaps a more realistic strategy would be to aggressively pursue…

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The Weakest Link

                  I’ll confess a certain level of amusement over the handwringing going on in the comments here, when it’s blatantly obvious that the biggest impediment to the Flames reaching the playoffs last season was a player that has received no mention at all. It’s a bit odd,…

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The Calgary Flames and the inverted Pyramid

    We continue the mediocrity series today by looking at the Flames forward’s possession rates and how they compare to each other and to other quality teams in the league. The results are rather unambiguous and illustrate why the club is both better than the NHL’s weaker thans as well as a step behind…

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Matt Stajan Monday: A Lil Bit O’ Karma

    It is today – in the middle of the dog days of summer, with just 58 days until the first pre-season game against the 2nd place, runner-up Vancouver Canucks – that I have decided to ask the hockey gods for a-lil-bit-o-karma. So let me declare Monday July 25th as Matt Stajan Monday by asking all…

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NATION RADIO – JULY 23, 2011

If you enjoy advertisements you are going to have to make do with this old Microsoft Ad with Steve Ballmer yelling about the wonderful features of Microsoft Paint. Because as always NationRadio is delivered to you commercial free only on the Nation Network. This week’s episode includes Kent Wilson, Scott Reynolds, Gabe Desjardins, Corey Graham, a rebroadcast…

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The Theory and Nature of Current Advanced Hockey Analysis

    Before we proceed with the rest of the Flames "mediocrity" series, it makes sense to discuss and explicate the basis of the analyses we tend to engage in here. The theory, the application and the practicality of the stats we employ and the resultant interpretations. 

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Rene Bourque – anatomy of a lost year

                            Of all the skaters that laced them up for the Flames this past season, no player seemed to promise more while delivering less than Rene Bourque. After two excellent years following his acquisition from the Blackhawks, Bourque struggled virtually all season, finishing…

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Nik Zherdev – The case for the Czar of Relative Corsi

    In light of Russian hockey journalist Dmitry Chesnokov tweeting that “[Nikolay] Zherdev’s Russian agent says the player is considering only NHL offers at this point,” you have to think that either a) the player is mulling a series of offers or b) no team has put forth a serious offer to the player.

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LIKE A BOSS

You may be shocked to learn this, but since the departure of bingofuel there has been very little in the way of adult supervision around Nation Central Command.  The writers continue to write, the radio continues to radio and thankfully the advertisers continue to pay their bills.

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Summer Series – Examining the Flames Mediocrity

    It should be established that the Calgary Flames aren’t a bad team. In fact, aside from their back-to-back 10th places finishes in the Western Conference, there are lots of measures and facts that suggest they’re actually pretty good. Mitch Smith of M&G recently looked at the various metrics in which an individual Flame…