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Five things: Who’s gonna make it?

1. Lots of decisions to come The good thing about the Flames, almost regardless of how you choose to look at it, is that there’s now, finally, a lot of youth on the team that used to be so typified by its players being in their late-20s and 30s. What that means in the long run…

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Help Me Help You

It’s the dregs of the offseason, friends, and as you know, that means content is coming at a premium. I don’t like it anymore than you do, but short of inventing a real, working time machine, there’s really sweet bippy any of us can do about it.

Max Reinhart’s Moment of Truth

#167428587 / gettyimages.com A year ago, Max Reinhart was in tough in the Calgary Flames organization after a not-great first year of professional hockey. Now with a really great AHL season under his belt and some NHL experience, now is the time for Max Reinhart to make the jump to becoming a full-time NHLer. Because…

How much has the Flames Goaltending Improved?

#488862977 / gettyimages.com A lot. Probably. I suppose that needs more explanation.  There’s three main reasons the Flames were a bottom-5 team last year (besides, you know, not having a ton of talent): 1.) The first half of the season. A period during which Hartley spent experimenting with his roster and tactics, resulting in a precipitous drop down the…

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A Crisis of Conscience?

(Relevant part starts at 3:50) It’s summertime and I want to get all philosophical and heavy up in here. I know I am not exactly breaking new ground by bringing up the topic of violence in hockey but it is one that is surely not going away any time soon and I am especially curious to hear some…

Weekend Open Thread: 2014-15 Contract Round-Up

#451351684 / gettyimages.com The Flames made some more signings this week, inking Sam Bennett, Joe Colborne and Joni Ortio to new deals. With those deals inked and only Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari left to go among the restricted free agents, what better time than the vaunted Weekend Open Thread to talk a gander at…

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On Flexibility and the Waiver Wire

#482447315 / gettyimages.com Joni Ortio signed a new contract yesterday. When he appeared on Sportsnet 960 radio to discuss the deal, Flames general manager Brad Treliving explained that Ortio was able to bounce between the NHL and AHL this season – which is probably one of the reasons Ortio was willing to sign for the…

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The Roundup

Trading a young star, stats for days, behind the Kesler trade talks, Draisaitl versus Bennett and more, all in this weeks roundup

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Housekeeping: Flames Sign Joni Ortio

via NHL.com On the heels of Joe Colborne’s recent contract signing, the Calgary Flames continue to put checkmarks next to their summer to-do list, as the team announced they have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender and devastatingly handsome Joni Ortio to a fresh two year pact: High fives all around! The #Flames have signed @JoniOrtio…

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Five things: Curtis-y flush

1. The Glencross news As of Monday, everyone on the team save for a few guys has received a new contract, thanks to Joe Colborne getting what appears to be a fairly reasonable two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.275 million. That’s all well and good. Bouma shouldn’t be too hard to re-sign either, and…

Pondering Extensions for Brodie & Backlund

#482070547 / gettyimages.com Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving checked off another thing from his to-do list yesterday, inking restricted free agent Joe Colborne to a two-year deal. That leaves RFAs Lance Bouma, Mark Cundari and Joni Ortio left to sign. (And an extension for Curtis Glencross, which can probably wait.) (For the record, I…

Report: Flames Settle With Colborne

#484696387 / gettyimages.com Because nobody ever really wants to go forward with an arbitration hearing and publicly bury one of their players, the Calgary Flames have reportedly come to terms with center Joe Colborne on a new deal.