2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Roman Cervenka

    The Calgary Flames have a few question marks on the roster heading into the new season, but none bigger than 26-year old winger/center Roman Cervenka. The Czech born KHL sniper has spent his entire career on the other side of the pond and has therefore never tested himself against the North American game….

2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Roman Horak

    Just over 14 months ago, the Calgary Flames were backed into a corner. With former first round draft pick Tim Erixon refusing to sign with the club and the team poised to lose him for a mere compensatory second round pick, the team rolled the dice on a trade with the New York…

Seven Things for Flames Fans to Look Forward to in 2012-13

    It’s has been pointed out to me on occasion that I tend toward the negative when it comes to my commentary and analysis. While that’s not necessarily true, I’ll admit a certain misanthropic bend to my writing about the team – in part, due to something of an innate cynicism and in part…


Nation Radio – August 18, 2012

  As the billionaires ready themselves to lock-out the millionaires over a few percentage points of total revenues, we here at Nation Radio nevertheless resolutely march on with continued hockey coverage. It may be mid-August and we may be talking about the same stuff in November because the powers-that-be are having their white collar slap fight,…


On Aquilini and the Abbotsford Heat

Over the weekend, Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun dropped a report, which suggested that Canucks owner – real estate magnate Francesco Aquilini – is planning on taking a run at the financial and marketing catastrophe known as the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, and their primary tenant the Abbotsford Heat.


Time on ice quality of competition and the Calgary Flames

    Our colleague Eric T over at NHLNumbers has put together a nice addition to the world of advanced stats – time on ice quality of competition (or TOI qualcomp). The logic is rather simple: a team’s best players will generally play the most minutes, the second-best play the second most and so on….


Jarome Iginla Now and Going Forward

    During the weekend open thread, I asked everyone to envision what the team might look like in 3 years absent many of the longtime mainstays like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff. The question of Iginla’s future with the club will continue to grow as the year progresses and we near the completion of…



Today is sort of a milestone day for me. It was a year ago this very day that I went from commenter to contributing writer here at Flames Nation. It has been a phenomenal experience and the responses I have had from everyone over the past 365 days has made it all that more of…


FN Weekend OPen Thread – Flames Roster in Three Years

    One of the potential risks of the looming lock-out for the Flames (both team and fans) is the possibility Jarome Iginla’s final season in town will either be severely shortened or wiped out entirely. The club could eliminate that risk by re-signing the captain sooner rather than later, but that causes the org…

Five things: Let’s just address some stuff

1. The latest Bouwmeester rumors Okay so now the rumor kicking around about Jay Bouwmeester — if he’s traded, and he will be, maybe, but probably he will, except not unless the team is bowled over by an offer, which it won’t be, because his salary is too high, but teams are desperate so they…

Martin Lapointe and NHL player salaries

"Everybody but the people who run teams base performance on how many points you get [or] how many goals. Well, we don’t. If he gets goals, that helps, but you have to look at the overall contribution to the team. Martin [Lapointe]’s a character person. He comes to play every night. He came from a…