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STOP REWARDING FAILURE

Why should the NHL continue to reward the Edmonton Oilers for on-ice failure and organizational ineptitude by giving them a better chance to select the cream of the crop at the Entry Draft while more successful teams line up behind and wait their turn? It shouldn’t.

82 Games After The Rogers Arena Brawl

January 18, 2014 was a Saturday. The Calgary Flames were listing through the middle of their first rebuild season. They visited Vancouver. Bob Hartley dressed Brian McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth, Blair Jones, Ladislav Smid and Chris Butler as his starting five. The Canucks responded with five pluggers of their own. Chaos ensued. And since then, Calgary…

Bettman Met Mayor Nenshi

View image | gettyimages.com As the Calgary Flames season chugs along, other things are happening off the ice that may have an impact (or not) in the future. In an appearance with Rob Kerr on The Big Show on Sportsnet 960 The Fan yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned that he had met with Calgary’s…

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JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Johnny Gaudreau checks in with the media for the first time since the #NHLAllStar Game! pic.twitter.com/Gwx1yUNB9q — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 27, 2015 Early mentions of Johnny Gaudreau from trusted online sources were promising but read like a distant bell: Kirk Luedeke’s initial thumbnail sketch told of an undersized wizard who was years away and…

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It’s Official: Baby Flames Move To Stockton

The worst-kept secret in professional sports over the past year is now no longer a secret. The American League finally announced in a press conference yesterday in San Jose that they’ve approved the formation of a Pacific Division to begin play in October. As part of the shift west, the Calgary Flames will be transferring…

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The Roundup

Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O’Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week’s Roundup.

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Post-Game: Sometimes You Lose

View image | gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames hoped to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Western Conference’s wild-card hopefuls tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome. At the end of a rather spirited goaltending duel, though, the pack may have gotten a break and caught up to them a bit. Off a Zach Parise…