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The Calgary Flames and the flat salary cap

Embed from Getty Images Ah, the salary cap: a tool used in order to have greater parity throughout the league, even as it annoys both richer teams and teams who make stupid decisions with their money alike. You wanna sign Bryan Bickell to a four-year, $16 million deal? David Clarkson to a seven-year, almost-$40 million…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Ryan Culkin

Photo credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports Ryan Culkin’s professional career probably isn’t going quite the way he’d have imagined it. At least, especially not after what had been a pretty good rookie season, only to find himself derailed by two injuries – and spending significant time in the ECHL this past season. It’s almost as though…

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RFA Profile: Josh Jooris

Embed from Getty Images For a second straight summer, the Calgary Flames have a relatively easy decision on their hands when it comes to Josh Jooris. Since debuting with the Flames in October of 2014, Jooris has given the team solid value in his two NHL seasons to date. I don’t think there should be much debate…

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Flames Darkhorse Targets 2016: Vitalii Abramov

Embed from Getty Images Players expected to go in the first round of the draft sometimes fall, for whatever reason. We know size can be a factor in a prospect going later than he perhaps should have; xenophobia can be another reason, too. Vitalii Abramov is expected to be taken in the late first round of…

FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Brett Pollock

Embed from Getty Images The Dallas Stars selected Brett Pollock with the 45th selection of the 2014 NHL Draft: 11 picks after Mason McDonald, and nine picks before Hunter Smith. At the time, the 6’3, 197 lb. prospect was coming off of a Memorial Cup victory; he was seventh in Edmonton Oil Kings scoring then….

Flames Second Round Targets 2016: Sam Steel

Embed from Getty Images I can remember hearing about Sam Steel a few years ago, dating back to him being drafted second overall by the Regina Pats in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In the three years since, Steel has carved out a reputation for himself as a damn fine junior hockey player. The Calgary…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Ladislav Smid

Embed from Getty Images Ladislav Smid probably wasn’t supposed to play this past year. His 2014-15 season effectively ended when he suffered a headshot from Simon Despres on Dec. 12, 2014. He played three games about a month later, but that was that, and he spent the rest of the season on LTIR. Considering how…

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RFA Profiles: Joni Ortio

Embed from Getty Images One of the more intriguing pending restricted free agents for the Calgary Flames this summer is goaltender Joni Ortio, mainly because of how strange his 2015-16 season was. At one point, we thought Ortio’s career with the Flames was all but done. Now, thanks to a nice run at the end…

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14 drafts of Tod Button: a trip down memory lane

Embed from Getty Images The Calgary Flames promoted Tod Button to the role of head scout in the fall of 2001, replacing Ian McKenzie. He had been with the organization since 1997 and was promoted to the top job by his brother, Craig. This will be Button’s 15th draft as the Flames’ top dog in…

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How Good is Mikael Backlund?

Embed from Getty Images Twenty-six-year-old centreman Mikael Backlund is easily the most controversial player to be profiled in this series, and maybe one of the most divisive Flames players in recent memory. In the other articles so far, the title prefix of “how good is…” was entirely rhetorical. From Gaudreau to Giordano, each skater is undeniably a star or cornerstone player. Almost all fans would agree…

FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Adam Ollas Mattsson

Embed from Getty Images Not a lot of Calgary Flames fans seem to have a handle on Adam Ollas Mattsson. That’s a bit of a shame, as the 20-year-old Swedish defender has quietly put together a pretty decent couple of seasons. Originally drafted by the Flames in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft…

No World Cup? No problem for the Flames

Embed from Getty Images The rosters for September’s World Cup of Hockey were finally finalized yesterday, with 173 National Hockey League players named to the eight teams. Some eyebrows were raised, though, by the small number of Calgary Flames players named to the competition. Top-six forwards Johnny Gaudreau (North America), Sean Monahan (North America) and…