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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #27 – Callan Foote

The last name may seem familiar to a few hockey fans. See, once there was a shutdown defender named Adam Foote. He was kind of okay at the whole playing hockey thing. He’s also Callan’s father. Callan Foote is also pretty good at the whole hockey thing. He has almost everything a scout could desire:…

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The clock is ticking for the Flames to find and protect a goalie

Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff retired, the Calgary Flames’ goaltending has been in a state of flux. It’s gone from Karri Ramo to Jonas Hiller and back and forth to Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson and back and forth, without any one guy ever really cementing himself as a starter long term. Ramo’s three straight seasons and…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #28 – Maxime Comtois

It’s hard to believe that Maxime Comtois could fall so far as he has in the space of a single season. Once a presumptive top-five pick, Comtois’ star has fallen to that of a fringe first rounder. A strong rookie season with the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres put the wind into Comtois’ draft year sails. He came…

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Is Calgary’s drafting out-performing expected pick value?

Drafting in the National Hockey League is in many ways a crap-shoot. Teams gawk at teenagers from afar for 12 months, chat them up here and there, and generally attempt to gather as much useful information as they possibly can. Then they choose players for seven rounds and cross their fingers that some of them…

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Season in review: Glen Gulutzan

It wasn’t surprising that Bob Hartley was relieved of his coaching duties just a year after winning the Jack Adams. What was surprising, though, was who replaced him. Having spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach on a mostly bad Vancouver Canucks team, Glen Gulutzan found himself back in a head coaching position…

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FN Mailbag – June 5, 2017

This period of the offseason is usually pretty busy for NHL organizations, but this particular June should prove to be especially hectic. The expansion draft is a whole new, unique wrinkle that should influence everything from trades to UFA market. Calgary is a club with a lot of irons in the fire at this point….

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #29 – Henri Jokiharju

When you think about the players at the forefront of the revolution currently taking NHL blue lines by storm, it’s speed, intelligence and a strong first pass as the common thread between them. Portland Winterhawks defenceman Henri Jokiharju carries these attributes in spades. The Finnish transitional defenceman joined the Winterhawks as a first round, 25th…