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FlamesNation player evaluation: Sam Bennett

When the Flames selected Sam Bennett fourth overall in 2014, they figured that they had their franchise cornerstone. Regarded as the #1 overall skater by some outlets, Bennett’s burgeoning talent was too good to pass up. The Flames are still waiting for that Bennett to show up, three seasons later.

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Flames add Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska to coaching staff

After many weeks of searching, the Calgary Flames are reportedly close to completing their coaching staff. Per a report by our pal Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan and this site (and a tweet by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman), the Flames are closing in on hiring Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska as assistant coaches under…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Micheal Ferland

For much of the 2017-18 season, Micheal Ferland rounded out the top line alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. After finishing 2016-17 as the Flames’ first line right winger, Ferland was poised to continue in that role, one in which he flourished in after finally being given a chance to succeed.

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Mark Jankowski

After a wait that was seemingly only surpassed by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ wait for a Stanley Cup, Mark Jankowski finally arrived to the Calgary Flames’ roster in 2017-18. After a stellar American Hockey League debut in 2016-17, Jankowski stepped into the Flames’ everyday lineup in late October and never left. The Flames’ 2012 first…

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How long can the Flames ‘hang on’ in the Saddledome?

Last September, fans of the Calgary Flames were dealt a gut-punch as the organization made a startling announcement on the eve of training camp. Having seemingly exhausted efforts to negotiate with the City of Calgary for a new home for the hockey club, the team announced they were no longer exploring a new arena. In…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Michael Frolik

When the Flames signed Michael Frolik in free agency, it looked like they were picking up a player who would be the ideal fit with Mikael Backlund: impeccable defensively, adept offensively. This past season, though, was well below Frolik’s standards – but with two years still left on his contract, there’s plenty of reason to…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Brett Kulak

Aside from fellow 2012 pick Mark Jankowski, there may be no better recent story of internal drafting and development by the Calgary Flames than defenseman Brett Kulak. Selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Kulak has progressed gradually from WHL standout to ECHL standout to AHL standout to fringe NHLer to, this…

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The Flames didn’t spend a ton on bonuses in 2017-18

The 2017-18 season is firmly in the rearview mirror for the Calgary Flames. It’s far enough in their rearview that their salary cap situation, in terms of performance bonuses and such, has become clear. The good news is they’re in pretty good cap shape, both for this season and the next.

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It’s time to reward Brett Kulak with a one-way deal

Brett Kulak is a really good development success story for the Flames. Once thought of as somewhat of a “project”, the 2012 fourth round pick is coming off his first season spent entirely in the NHL. At 24, Kulak has proven he belongs in the NHL full-time as he heads into summer contract negotiations. As…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Mike Smith

When the Flames traded for Mike Smith, there was something they were looking for in particular: a proven starter. Ever since joining the Coyotes back in 2011-12, that’s exactly what Smith has been, with results varying from year to year: typically average, occasionally worse, elite one year. He looked to be on track to replicate…