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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Johnny Gaudreau

Like the Flames’ season in general, Johnny Gaudreau went through something of a rollercoaster ride in 2016-17. The Flames’ leading scorer last year, Gaudreau’s new contract negotiation lasted all summer long, even stretching into fall and training camp. Gaudreau and Brad Treliving managed to ink a deal before the first puck drop, but the long…

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Becoming contenders: Offseason Agenda 1/3: Defence

Back in January, I wrote an article suggesting the Flames were on the very cusp of being contenders, and that a good offseason in 2017 could be enough to open that vaunted “window” of contention. Now, being the king of timing as I am, I wrote and published said piece right after the Flames had dropped…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Mikael Backlund

Remember back to a time when fans and media had given up on Mikael Backlund. It wasn’t that long ago, and yet it feels like a distant memory given how this past season went for the veteran centre. Hell, it’s incredible to think of Backlund now as a veteran of this team. Yet here we…

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FB Mailbag – May 8, 2017

As the playoffs heat up, the Calgary Flames offseason is only starting to unfold. Aside from the doldrums of August, the period between the second round and Cup final tends to be operational dead time for the teams who are out of it. Which isn’t to say Brad Treliving and company are simply on vacation. The…

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The Flames’ picks are set for the 2017 NHL Draft

The Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues to advance to the Western Conference Final series. That result has a bit of importance for the Calgary Flames in terms of the order for the upcoming NHL Draft at the end of June. Nashville was the only team qualifying for the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs that…

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Prospect wrap-up: Hunter Shinkaruk

I am truly sorry to say that Jim Benning has made a team other than his own – in this case unfortunately, ours – look bad. When the Flames acquired Vancouver top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk for go-nowhere centre Markus Granlund, it was declared an immediate steal. Shinkaruk was arguably the story of the late 2015-16…

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The Flames have a couple prospects to sign by June 1

We’re heading into the part of the hockey calendar that is a bit sparse in terms of action and big events, aside from the ongoing Stanley Cup playoffs, but there are a few key dates on the horizon. One of them is June 1, otherwise known as the deadline for drafted players to sign with…

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NHL Review System needs an Overhaul

“After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse caused Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler to contact Talbot before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, “that the goal…

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Prospect wrap-up: Rasmus Andersson

The 2016 season started out pretty poorly for Rasmus Andersson, who was singled out at the end of development camp for poor conditioning. By the end of it, he had racked up a solid first professional season, an extended stay with the big club, and an NHL game. He could arguably be considered the Flames’…

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Future Free Agents: Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton is a free agent. You know what team means? It’s time to speculate whether or not his time in San Jose is over or not. This is a narrative we’ve heard for years, but after the team went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, it’s even more difficult than ever to imagine Thornton…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Kris Versteeg

Kris Versteeg had a wild 2016-17 season. In September, his contract with SC Bern in Switzerland fell through due to insurance concerns with prior injuries. Later that month, he joined the Edmonton Oilers for training camp on a tryout. But on the eve of the regular season, he spurned an Oilers contract offer for the…

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What’s a successful offseason for the Flames?

The prevailing feeling, it seems, is that the Flames had a successful 2016-17. They made the playoffs with a new coach, even after a disastrous start. They didn’t win any playoff games, but everything that was the postseason was gravy, anyway. The Flames discovered Matthew Tkachuk could be an impact player pretty much right away. Dougie…