FN’s All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Mike Vernon

View image | gettyimages.com The latest addition to the FlamesNation All-Time Flames Team is one of a handful of players to have their jersey digits honoured by the Calgary Flames organization: goaltender Mike Vernon. The fanbase seems to have a very unique love-hate relationship with Mike Vernon. On one hand, he’s a hometown boy that…

Older defencemen with exceptional performances

View image | gettyimages.com There are always risks involved when signing a player to a big deal; those risks are amplified when said player is on the wrong side of 30.  In Mark Giordano’s case, it was going to be tough: he’ll be 33 years old when his new deal, worth an annual average value…

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Better or worse: Defence

The blueline of the Calgary Flames was one of the most overwhelming positives to come out of the 2014-2015 season. Lead by captain Mark Giordano, Calgary’s defensive group scored a lot, blocked a lot of shots, and impressed observers and pundits league wide. By and large, that group is back again, and to make matters…

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #5 Morgan Klimchuk

Morgan Klimchuk is FlamesNation’s 5th ranked prospect in 2015. Being the third of three first round picks in the much lauded 2013 Draft class has probably contributed to Morgan Klimchuk’s status as the forgotten man in Calgary’s prospect pool. Having the two 1st rounders ahead of him be 30 goaler Sean Monahan and AHL All-Star…

Making the Flames: Fighting for a spot on defence

View image | gettyimages.com Coming into this offseason, defence was probably the most important area the Flames needed to address. With everybody healthy, there was a set top four of Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Kris Russell, and Dennis Wideman; after that, there was Deryk Engelland, and… somebody. That somebody left a small handful of options,…

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Better or worse: Goaltending

It’s been a busy summer for the Calgary Flames. They’ve made key additions via both the trade route and free agency while also taking care of some crucial in-house matters. With training camp on the horizon, I thought it would be a good time to truly evaluate how much better (or worse) the Flames have…

News and Notes – August 30 2015

View image | gettyimages.com It’s September on Tuesday and the Calgary Flames rookies are preparing to head to town for camp. With the rookie camp likely opening on September 10 in preparation for the Penticton tournament, expect things to get pretty busy in a short while. But right now, here’s a quick rundown of what’s…

Making the Flames: Five forward prospects we should see next season

View image | gettyimages.com An upside to having so many forwards? You know competition will be intense, and those who make the starting lineup will have truly earned their spots. A downside? There’s very, very little room for prospects to be able to make it, and prove they deserve a spot of their own. On…

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FN Mailbag – Aug 27, 2015

In the wake of the CalgaryNext and Giordano contract announcements, we decided to rouse the FN mailbag feature from its off-season hibernation. Ironically, nobody asked any questions about the arena project, so most of today’s inquires tackle Calgary’s blueline and contract situation moving forward.

FN’s All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Joe Nieuwendyk

View image | gettyimages.com The tenth player on FlamesNation’s All-Time Flames Team is no big surprise. A Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and probably the best centerman in Calgary Flames history, Joe Nieuwendyk had a name that was hard to spell and relatively easy to pronounce. He also had a playing style that was easy…

Let’s Talk About Community Revitalization Levies

View image | gettyimages.com The centerpiece of the proposed funding package for the CalgaryNEXT project is a $240 million Community Revitalization Levy, aimed at transforming the West Village from a bunch of under-used land beside the river into a full-fledged community. Of course, nobody really knows much about Community Revitalization Levies other than they’ve been…

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #6 Rasmus Andersson

Finishing just a tad outside the top five in this year’s listing of the Calgary Flames top prospects – as rated by the FlamesNation crew – is defenseman Rasmus Andersson. The first player selected by the Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft seems tailor-made for the team’s needs. He’s a Swedish import who had a…