WWYDW: Who should play third line right wing?

Michael Frolik has returned to the Flames, restoring balance (and an M) to the 3M line. Troy Brouwer, who will always be maligned because that contract really sucks, has been pushed down to the third line, in turn pushing Garnet Hathaway down to the fourth line. Fourth line minutes aren’t quite as important, so that…


Calgary’s best value contracts: 2018

Mikael Backlund has some competition for the claim of Calgary’s best value contract. After being bestowed the honour the last two years, Backlund’s three-peat is in danger thanks to the emergence of a new contender this season. I won’t lie, narrowing this to a top three was more difficult this year than in the past,…


Post-Game: What happens in Calgary, stays in Calgary

History was made at the palatial, International Olympic Committee approved Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night as the Calgary Flames faced the upstart Vegas Golden Knights for the very first time. Unfortunately for the Flames, a rock-solid 58 minutes of fairly clean hockey turned into a regulation loss as the Flames gave up three goals in…


FGD 50: Welcoming Vegas to town (7pm MT, SN West)

History will be made tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as the Calgary Flames (25-16-8) meet the Vegas Golden Knights (32-12-4) for the very first time. The Golden Knights have been the talk of the National Hockey League this season, as this island of misfit toys leads the Pacific Division so far and is well-positioned to…


No new arena wouldn’t sink the Olympic bid, but it wouldn’t help

This past weekend featured the annual National Hockey League All-Star Game in Tampa Bay. One of the things that fans have come to expect from the All-Star Game is a one-on-one chat between legendary broadcaster Ron MacLean and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Since Bettman spoke to media, he once again touched base on the ongoing…


Mikael Backlund contract negotiations are all about leverage

Brad Treliving has been general manager of the Calgary Flames since the spring of 2014. He came into the job with a reputation for being a tough negotiator – a reputation he built during his time as assistant general manager in Arizona, where he had to make the most of limited resources. He’s taken that…


Flames recall Mangiapane and Lomberg; Jagr clears waivers, assigned to Kladno

With the completion of the All-Star Break, the Calgary Flames have some roster news. The club has recalled forwards Andrew Mangiapane and Ryan Lomberg from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat. In addition, Jaromir Jagr has cleared the waiver wire, with the expectation that he will be re-assigned to Rytiri Kladno of the Czech 1….


FlamesNation Mailbag: Jagr scoots, PP’s poop

I am pinch-hitting for the venerable Christian Tiberi this week, so I will do my best not to let him down. It’s the All-Star Break and I am sure we are all still basking in the glow of Johnny Gaudreau playing pretty well in the game itself (it’d be pretty nice to find Johnny a…


Flames place Jaromir Jagr on waivers

In the latest development in a story that continues to unfold, the Calgary Flames have placed legendary forward Jaromir Jagr on waivers. As we discussed yesterday, it’s been reported by Czech Republic outlet Denik Sport that Jagr will be headed to the team he owns, Rytiri Kladno, later this week. This move is the first…


Are any Flames award contenders?

It’s the All-Star Break and the assembled hockey world is evaluating the National Hockey League’s first big chunk of the season. When it comes to the Calgary Flames, we assembled our staff to assess whether or not any of the locals are true award contenders after 48 games.