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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Lance Bouma

Embed from Getty Images If there was one controversial moment from the 2015 offseason, it was Lance Bouma’s re-signing. The Flames forwent the arbitrator’s settlement, giving Bouma $2.2M (far from their initial $1.5M offer) and an extra year on his contract. Some thought it was a steal. Bouma had just finished his second full NHL…

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The true impact of Mikael Backlund

Embed from Getty Images One of the questions we often ask when evaluating players is, “does he make those around him better?”. It’s one of the most sought after qualities in the sport, but also one of the hardest to quantify. My assertion over the last number of years has been that Calgary’s Mikael Backlund does just…

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Year-End Review of the Calgary Flames

I’ve already examined this past season for the Oilers and Canucks, and today we tackle the season that was for the Calgary Flames. I had made some basic predictions at the beginning of the season, and this follows up on those initial estimates, so let’s begin. The Flames’ season began under some peculiar circumstances. The…