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News and Notes from the Weekend

Leland Irving (Resolute/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) BABY FLAMES COLLECT GOALIES The Flames organization continued to collect goaltenders at a torrid pace this past week. After signing Leland Irving on July 27, the Abbotsford Heat followed suit with a pair of signings. The baby Flames inked veteran netminder Barry Brust on August 8 and Danny…

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Nation Radio – August 11, 2012

We’re in the midst of the interminable mid-August hockey lull, and news is sparse. But neither CBA uncertainty, nor a lack of material can deter Allan Mitchell! On this week’s episode of Nation Radio, Allan is joined by the likes of player agent Tom Lynn, Andrey Osadchenko, Nations overlord Kent Wilson and Scott Reynolds of…

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FN Weekend Open Thread – Build your JayBo Trade

    Aside from the Flames suddenly signing a bunch of goalies, the only interesting Flames "news" recently is the Jay Bouwmeester/Detroit Red Wings rumor. This one apparently comes from a source inside the Wings organization, so we can give it a bit more heft than the typical Eklund nonsense. Roger Millions noted on twitter…

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On Rebuilding, Part 6: The New York Islanders

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris’ series on rebuilds continues with the New York Islanders. New Orleans York is Sinking What are the myths and storylines that we, as fans, tell ourselves when it comes to the horror show rebuild that is going on in Long Island?

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NHLnumbers Podcast: All About Tracking

  In this edition we covered all things tracking with an expert panel on the subject: Neil Greenberg from the Washington Post and ESPN Insider, Geoff Detweiller of Broad Street Hockey, Eric T. of BSH and NHLnumbers and our own tracking addict Corey S. We went over Eric’s article on the link between scoring chances and shot differential…

Problems up the middle

    When your hockey club misses the playoffs for a third straight season by such a narrow margin, it’s natural to take a look at what your club’s weaknesses have been and to try to address them. The easy things to look at are the areas measured in percentages – face-offs and special teams.

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STOKING THE FIRE – In Search of a Hot Ember…

  It hasn’t been the highly active off-season most fans were hoping for, but there have been a few items that have crept into the news for Flames-land. While some of the news reaching the fan base has brought about smiles, there are also the ones that have left people still shaking their heads wondering…

Clay Wilson to the KHL – some thoughts

    Possibly the biggest news of last week – if it can be called that – was the departure of defenseman Clay Wilson. Wilson signed a deal with Donbass Donetsk, which raised a few comparisons and questions.

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The 1992 NHL Players’ Stike: A Relevant Story

I was only six years old when the NHL saw its first significant labour disruption in 1992, and to be honest, I had forgotten that it had happened at all. Having read Bruce Dowbiggin’s Money Players, however, the story seems suddenly relevant.

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Five Things: The dog days

1. Flames lose inconsequential defenseman, still have several lying about This is what qualifies as news in early August except when a prospect maybe or maybe not punches someone out in front of a bar. To bastardize a quote from "Love Story:" What can you say about Clay Wilson? His jump to the KHL is…

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The Gamble That is Jiri Hudler

    The Detroit Red Wings bled a lot of talent this summer: Niklas Lidstrom retired, Brad Stuart was traded and Tomas Holmstrom is likely to pull the chute on his long career as well. Which is why its surpising to see Holland and company let the 28-year old Jiri Hudler walk after a career…

Ferland charged with assault

  News broke this afternoon that Calgary Flames prospect Michael Ferland has been charged with one count of assault and one count of aggravated assault related to an incident late last month in Cochrane, Alberta, according to the Calgary Sun. Ferland was allegedly involved in an altercation outside of a Cochrane bar on July 29th…