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Some Pre-Playoff Thoughts

    Not exactly Flame related (well maybe a little), but here’s some thoughts bumping around my head as the first round kicks off tonight. – Thanks to the lock-out shortened season, there are surprisingly lousy teams who made the cut this year. Toronto is the top of the list – they have absolutely abysmal…

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Calgary Flames Adjusted 2013 Possession Rates

  pic via Shane Henderson Another year is over and we’re left to pick through the rubble a bit. The first order of business is evaluating the various skaters by possession – or the ability to drive play, which is one of the metrics in hockey that has a strong signal-to-noise ratio. That said, we…

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Flames Wrap-Up 2013 Season: Hartley and Feaster Quotes

    On Sunday and Monday, the Calgary Flames held court for the media in the final two formal days of media availability of the 2013 hockey season. Most notably, head coach Bob Hartley spoke last on Sunday, while general manager Jay Feaster held an availability earlier today. Here’s the gist of what those guys…

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THE RISE OF STREAKCRED

Have you received positive reviews at work lately? Perhaps a supervisor or boss commended you for "excellent use of time around the office" or a "focus on efficiency?" Well throw that attitude out the window friends. It’s time to waste some time during the playoffs. Some serious time. I’m talkin’ bout StreakCred – the Nation…

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FlamesNation 2013 Year-end Awards

  pick via Terry Dobbins The Nation has decided to hand out (virtual) year-end hardware for each team across the network this season, and for every season moving forward. We’ll share our votes and thoughts on the team’s various MVP’s and will open up voting for the readers to boot. It was a rough season…

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Garbage Bag Day Blog and Open Thread

    Sunday is the official end of the 2013 season for your Calgary Flames. Players undergo end-of-season medicals and meet with the coaching staff, then visit with the assembled local media before heading off to the off-season. I’ll be down at the ‘Dome all day and will be updating this throughout the day with…

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Flames Finish 25th…

    …And are in line to draft 6th overall in the draft, absent an lottery enduced changes. Calgary has an 6.2% chance to win the lottery and pick first overall. It’s also possible someone back in the order wins the thing, which would bump the Flames to 7th.

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Post-Game: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

  pic via Nicole Yeary The Calgary Flames headed east to sweet home Chicago for their final date of the truncated 2013 season. Given that it was a contest between a non-playoff squad and the NHL’s newly-crowned Presidents’ Trophy winners, there were certain expectations for how the game would go. Would those expectations be met?…

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FGD: It’s Almost Done

  Well, we’re here. After an interminable 82 48 game season, your 2012-2013 Calgary Flames will walk out of the Madhouse on Madison tonight for the final time as a group. I feel like the game in 2009 where the Flames blew a 5-goal lead against Chicago in this very building likely spelled the beginning…

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Tax time! Evaluating the Flames Assets

    The Flames are going to rebuild. They are also going to focus on the draft, developing talent, attracting free-agents, making the playoffs next season, painting the house, learning Tagalog, and restarting the Middle East peace process. All while providing internet fan forums with wonderful management pop-psych phrases like "post-apex". When embarking on any…

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Post Game: The End, Mercifully, Is Nigh

    The best and worst thing you can say about the Flames 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues tonight is that there is only one game left. As tried and true die hard hockey fans, we’re conditioned to always want to see more hockey, and more hockey from the teams whose colours we…

FGD: Singing the Blues

  The second to last game of this mercifully short season for the Flames will be played tonight at the Scotttrade Centre in St. Louis (which, according to wi, is an awesome place to watch a hockey game).