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Compliance Buyout Candidates: Western Conference

Pic via Brett Stewart This season’s NHL lockout resulted in a few interesting wrinkles when it comes to cap compliance – one of those is the compliance buyout. Every team (except NYR and MTL, who have both used one buyout) has two compliance buyouts they can use during the buyout periods over the next two…

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Flames first round targets 2013: Nicolas Petan

  – pic via Arian Durst   No draft eligible player scored more points in the CHL this year than the diminuitive Nicolas Petan. A member of Seth Jones’ dominant Portland Winterhawks and a linemate of Sven Baertschi’s ex-running mate Ty Rattie, Petan collected 120 points in 71 games to lead the WHL in scoring….

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Five things: Oh I don’t know

1. The Flames’ draft strategy So the NHL’s website has been talking to various teams’ officials in recent weeks and talking about the strategies those organizations will employ once the draft rolls around. Earlier this week, they talked to John Weisbrod about what the Flames plan to do. And hey, look, I don’t want to…

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Flames First Round Targets 2013: Josh Morrissey

    This year’s draft is being lauded for the number of highly-skilled forwards in it. With names like MacKinnon, Drouin and Barkov being tossed again, it’s easy to forget sometimes that there are also a lot of high-level defensive prospects available on June 30. Everyone knows about Seth Jones. A lot of people know…

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RIP Anton Babchuk’s Calgary Career

  @bookofloob "Dalai Lama, is there anything positive or constructiveyou’d like to say about Anton Babchuk?" – "No" #actualconversation — Teemu Marjamäki (@TMrjmki) May 28, 2013   Good afternoon. We are gathered here today to pay tribute to the notion of something we never truly came to grips with. We are here to say goodbye…

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Random Thoughts – More Changes on the Horizon

  – pic via Justin Yamada The Flames have already gone through a lot of fundamental change since Jarome Iginla was traded, but talking to some of the media close to the team this off-season one gets the feeling there’s more to come, starting (if possible) with the draft. The primary target to get moved…

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Flames First Round Targets 2013: Elias Lindholm

  Aside from Sean Monahan, Elitersen rookie Elias Lindholm is perhaps the Flames most likely choice at 6th overall this coming June. Like Monahan and Aleksandr Barkov, Lindholm is a center with a offensive capabilities and an advanced two-way game. So, like the two targets we have already profiled, Lindholm ticks a lot of the organization’s…

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Meeting Karri Ramo and Setting Expectations

  pic via Resolute, wikimedia commons   (Christian Roatis is the FlamesNation’s newest contributor. He has previously written at The Hockey Guys and Future Considerations. His debut post on FN is an in-depth look at Karri Ramo.) Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff established himself as the star goaltender in Calgary, both management and fans have been on the lookout for…

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FN Weekend Open Thread – Design FN Swag, Win Prizes

    So as many of the regular readers here probably know, OilersNation has a collection of gear, including stickers, hoodies and t-shirts. We want to get something like that going here at FlamesNation, but with a twist – we want FN readers help in designing them.

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Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #11 Markus Granlund

Mikael Granlund’s little brother takes a small step back in our rankings this year, moving from 9th to 11th. After his draft+1 season our praise for Markus was fairly effusive, mostly because he was the second highest scoring teen in the SM-Liiga after his older brother. That’s nice company to keep.

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Flames First Round Targets 2013: Aleksandr Barkov

  pic via Mika Kylmaniemi Although guys like Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones are probably out of reach for the Flames, there is an outside possibility a probable elite talent in Aleksandr Barkov falls to Calgary at 6th in June. The native Fin with a Russian name has been on hockey’s radar for…