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The Roundup

Leafs realize they were lucky in 2016 draft lottery, trading Chris Tanev is not a crazy thought, the Jets plans for expansion draft, ranking Brad Treliving’s moves to date, finding a shooter for McDavid, Edmonton still lost the Hall trade, Wings close to winning lottery, free agency, the second round, and more in this week’s…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: TJ Brodie

T.J. Brodie is a top pairing defenceman. Or at least, that’s what it’s been easy to see him as. For most of his time in the NHL, he’s been partnered with Mark Giordano. It was once those two came together than both looked like full-fledged top pairing defenceman – something they hadn’t necessarily on their…

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How did PDO affect the Flames through 2016-17?

PDO is basically a proxy for luck in hockey. The number comes from adding a player’s on-ice shooting percentage with their on-ice save percentage. For example, a player may look better than he actually is because his goalie is saving absolutely everything whenever he’s on the ice, with the chance it all comes crashing down…

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Throwback Thursday: This Week in Hockey History

This week we’re still talkin’ playoffs, including some OT heroes and big letdowns. Let’s relive some playoff excitement and heart break! Here’s what happened on the week of April 27 to May 3rd: CanucksArmy May 3, 2004: Brian Burke was fired by the Canucks after six years with the organization, a career that most notably…

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Ranking Brad Treliving’s free agent signings

During his tenure as Calgary Flames general manager, Brad Treliving has done a lot of tweaking to his team’s roster. One tool he’s used to add to the club is free agency. Ignoring the low-risk signings of players on entry-level deals, he’s lured 17 unrestricted free agents to town with contracts of varying lengths and…

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WWYD Wednesday: Sign Sam Bennett to a bridge deal?

Sam Bennett is a free agent this summer. But unlike Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau last summer, Bennett isn’t in line for a major raise over his entry level contract. His relatively disappointing sophomore season of 13 goals and 26 points puts him well outside of the typical “six-year second contract” group of young players….

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Dennis Wideman

After following up his career best season with his career worst in 2015-16, it became quite clear to many that Dennis Wideman would probably remain a Calgary Flame for 2016-17. There’s the $5.25M cap hit, the no-move clause, the nonexistent trade market, the defensive brainfarts, the frequently taken and frequently wide shots, the baggage still…

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Future Free Agents: Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pretty hefty price at this year’s trade deadline. He said at the end of the team’s season that he would be open to returning to Toronto, but as a 32-year-old, it’s also likely going to be Boyle’s final chance to make a big payday…

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AHL Post-Game: Turnovers sink Stockton’s season

The Stockton Heat clawed back from a deficit in their first round series with the San Jose Barracuda to force a do-or-die Game 5. They proceeded to get wildly, wildly out-shot by the Barracuda. And their star goalie left the game after the first period, likely due to an injury. Despite all of these obstacles,…

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Ranking Brad Treliving’s trades

Brad Treliving has re-upped as general manager of the Calgary Flames. While the populace of Calgary breathes a heady sigh of relief, it’s probably a good idea to jump in the way-back machine and take a look at Treliving’s performance during his three seasons as Flames top dog. Let’s start with a look back at…

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FN on Air: Talking Treliving and Goaltending

Now that Brad Treliving is signed, the Calgary Flames organization has a few clear priorities this summer: get a goaltender, prepare for the expansion draft, and look for depth options on the wing and the blueline. Allan Mitchell invited me to talk about all this and more on Lowedown with Lowetide today. Have a listen: