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FGD #49: Taming the Wild (7pm MT; SN West)

View image | gettyimages.com After a decisive win over the worst team in hockey, the Calgary Flames (26-19-3) return to action tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! But instead of facing a team with zero playoff hopes, the Flames are instead hosting the Minnesota Wild (21-20-6), a team that still has playoff hopes. Well, dimming hopes….

The Flames and Mike Richards

View image | gettyimages.com Even though Mike Richards has already cleared waivers,there are persistent rumours that the Calgary Flames are still in talks with the LA Kings to acquire the former Flyer captain and two-time Cup winner.  The hypothetical trade, of course, is complicated one because it’s a salary dump rather than a pure hockey…

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Five things: Another NCAA prospects update

1. A quick intro Last weekend I had the opportunity to see Providence College play one of the better teams in the NCAA on two consecutive nights, and this is, I think, a unique opportunity that few college teams afford a person covering a single NHL team. The Friars, as you well know, have three Flames…

On Enforcers, Depression and Risk Factors

View image | gettyimages.com (This article was originally published at the Score’s Backhand Shelf blog in 2011. I have re-published it here in the spirit of #BellLetsTalk, which aims to grow awareness of mental health issues.) The NHL landscape has been marred by tragedy this offseason with the recent deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien…