Shanahan Tells the Flames “No Thanks”

Brendan Shanahan told me he will NOT be coming to Cgy to join #Flames org. He advised Murray Edwards he will stay on with the NHL — Roger Millions (@RogMillions) June 27, 2013   The Shanny intrigue ended with a whimper today when Roger Millions reported he has decided to stay on as the NHL’s…

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Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #3 John Gaudreau

Via Dubuque Fighting Saints For all of the crap we give Jay Feaster around here, it’s hard to be pessimistic about the 2011 4th rounder the Flames used on an undersized, soon-to-be college Junior. Most 4th rounders don’t even develop into something we could feasibly call an “NHL prospect”, but that’s exactly what Johnny Gaudreau has…

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The Halo Effect and the Difficulty of Projecting Prospects

    I noted in an article recently that scouting is more pseudo-science than science right now and as such a lot of hokum is able to masquerade as useful analysis. This isn’t merely because mankind has always been plagued by capering conman who claim they can predict the future, but also because there are…

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Five things: The waiting game

1. Things are about to get crazy Now that the playoffs are over, it’s about to be the most hectic week in hockey in quite some time. Buyouts, signings, trades, the draft, and whatever front office moves get made in the next seven-plus days ahead of the July 5 free agency day are going to…

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Moneypuck: RFA’s

    While some of the criteria of Moneypuck applied to UFA’s carries on to Moneypuck applied to RFAs, there are a few key differences. I did not include RFAs who I believe would have a potential Flames offer matched by their team. I also tried not to include unrealistic targets. I also left out…

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Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #4 Roman Horak

By Resolute (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons You probably fall under one of two schools of thought when faced with the news that Flames forward Roman Horak checks in all the way at number 4 in the top 15 Prospect list: A) It’s a sad prospect pool if Roman Horak is your fourth best…

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Flames First Round Targets 2013: Ryan Hartman

  – pic via Jason McDonald   When the regular season ended, much of the discussion points from Bob Hartley and Jay Feaster revolved around the Flames becoming harder to play against. The team has a lot of skilled forwards, you see, but the skilled guys aren’t huge and their huge guys aren’t all that…

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Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #5 Max Reinhart

– pic via Jason Kurylo Three years ago, the Flames entered the NHL Draft with a problem. They had zero picks in the first two rounds of the draft – having traded their first away for Olli Jokinen and their second for Rene Bourque. With no picks in the “important” rounds of the draft, the…

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FN Shirt Designs – Final Vote

    So we’re down to the last few shirt designs and which one gets printed will depend on your votes today. We ended up going with Intellectual Honesty, Good Loob? and Post Apex Player. We have put them all on a mock background and changed up the color to help you visualize things and pick…

Kipper announces his retirement…kinda

Kiprusoff has told to Finnish national team that he is retiring. "If Calgary has not announced it, you guys can do that." #Flames #Kipper — Juha Hiitelä (@jhiitela) June 25, 2013   Casually announcing his retirement after a 10 year stint that saw him become perhaps the best goaltender in franchise history is so very…

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Moneypuck: Wild Cards

    There’s plenty of “Wild Cards” out there in Hockeyland. Most of the time they don’t work out (Roman Cervenka, anyone?) but once in a while they do. This is the core of Moneypuck: wild cards are, by their nature, low-risk and high-reward. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find high-impact players in…