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AHL Post-Game: Heat force Game 5 with big third period

The Stockton Heat headed into Game 4 of their series with the San Jose Barracuda in a “win or you’re done” situation. They also managed to claw back from a pair of deficits – one early and one late – to extend their season by at least one game by way of a 5-3 victory…

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The Ducks have already forced big improvements for the Flames

In the 1980s, the Calgary Flames came a long way in a short period of time. They were a scrappy up-and-coming team when they arrived in Calgary in 1980, making it to the third round of the playoffs in their first season after relocation. The primary reason the Flames didn’t have more success, and arguably…

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Prospect wrap-up: Tyler Wotherspoon

Since being drafted in 2011, Tyler Wotherspoon has traversed the prospect spectrum from being one of the ones to keep an eye out for to afterthought. We ranked him #8 in our prospect countdown in 2015. Now? We probably wouldn’t be that generous. Wotherspoon has always been right in that tweener zone but has never…

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Friedman: Craig Conroy a GM candidate in Buffalo

The hockey world keeps on turning and a member of the Calgary Flames front office has been touted as a contender for the open general manager position with the Buffalo Sabres. During the Headlines segment on Saturday night’s Pittsburgh/Washington game, Elliotte Friedman reported that Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy has either already interviewed for…

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Flames in a different position this year: Short on picks

The Flames have fewer assets this year than they’re used to. To be a little more specific: they have fewer draft picks. So, for example, when the Carolina Hurricanes traded a third round pick for Scott Darling in an effort to solve their goaltending woes? That’s a price the Flames couldn’t match: because they don’t…

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Propect wrap-up: Oliver Kylington

The Flames will have three wide open spaces in their defensive corps, and that’s plenty of good news for the defencemen of the Stockton Heat. With lots of talent and not a lot of space, the Heat are certain to graduate at least one defenceman next year, but quite a few more could be coming…

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AHL Post-Game: Late goals in Game 3 put Heat in must-win position

With the series between Stockton and San Jose tied at one, Game 3 wasn’t a must win. It was the next closest thing, as with the AHL’s first round lasting just five games, the winner of this one would take a stranglehold on the series, and make things awfully precarious for the other team. David Rittich,…

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Are the Flames’ expansion draft protected spots locked in?

In roughly seven weeks, the National Hockey League will officially add a new member to its family as the Vegas Golden Knights finally become a fully-fledged team. Before the June 21 announcement of the team’s new roster, we’ll have several weeks of guesswork and speculation regarding which players will be exposed or protected in the…

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RFA Profile: Sam Bennett

Of the forthcoming contract negotiations for the Calgary Flames this summer, Sam Bennett’s might be the most interesting. Bennett is one of 12 pending restricted free agents and remains one of the team’s top prospects. His second NHL contract, however, isn’t going to be in the same range as the ones signed last summer by teammates…

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Who could make the Flames next season?

It’s been exactly three years since Brad Treliving was hired to be the Flames’ general manager. The first meaningful decision he took part in once he was given the keys to the franchise? The 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Treliving has now been at the head of three NHL drafts, and overall, that’s seen him rebuild…

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The Roundup

Edmonton Mayor makes bet with Nation beer, where is Kovalchuk going, Leafs can’t fall too in love with their season, Canucks new bench boss, the Datsyuk contract dump was actually a bad move, have the Jets improved, who do the Flames qualify, 2nd round previews, free agency and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent…