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2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Sven Baertschi

    It’s been a long time since the Flames had a forward prospect enter the season with this much hype. Calgary hasn’t had a kid up front jump directly to the bigs from junior since Jarome Iginla did it in 1996-97. Sven Baertschi hasn’t made the big roster yet, but after scoring two points-per-game…

Latest at the Hockey Writers: a look at the Heat’s roster

    Last season, the Calgary Flames went into training camp with the majority of their roster spots spoken for. But between a laundry list of injuries and some under-performance by established players, the parent club of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat went to the farm for players very, very often.

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Random Thoughts – The Irving Compromise

    I spent a lot of time in airports and on airplanes during my jaunt to and from the East Coast over the past two weeks, so I have had a lot of time on my hands to ruminate on a few things. I took an Ipad on the trip which is why my…

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Nation Radio – August 4, 2012

It’s the August long weekend! Hockey may be on the back-burner for many, but that doesn’t mean that Nation Radio is hurting for things to discuss. Host Allan Mitchell talks about the Oilers with Jason Gregor, the Canucks with Thomas Drance, the NHL in general with Eric T., the AHL with Jim Byers and the…

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FN Weekend Open Thread – Grade the Flames Offseason

  I’m finally back from my Eastern sojourn and with me returns the FN Weekend open thread. With Leland Irving finally back in the fold, it looks like the Flames are done for the summer of 2012. They may yet try to trade a Babchuk or Stajan contract (good luck with that), but otherwise the training…

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Five things: What the what?

1. The Jankowski decision So Mark Jankowski is going to forego the USHL and head straight to Providence College and the best top-to-bottom college hockey conference in the NCAA. People seem more or less thrilled by this decision.

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Forwards and NHLE – 2010 Draft

Photo by Alesiaxx via Wikimedia Commons Over the last couple of days, I’ve looked at all of the forwards chosen in the 2012 and 2011 entry drafts. Today, we’re moving on to the great Taylor v. Tyler debate of 2010. Two years out, those two players are still at the top of the pile, but many…