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Calgary’s biggest RFA question is in net

Neither David Rittich nor Jon Gillies are under contract for next season, which poses a very interesting question for the Flames this summer. Both pending RFAs, Rittich and Gillies had positive moments last season mixed with some real struggles. As such, neither have proven the ability to enter “heir apparent” territory, bringing us to our…

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Flames at Worlds update: Playing for medals

There are just four games left at the 2018 IIHF World Championships: two semifinals, the bronze medal game, and the gold medal game. Three Flames remain in contention: Bill Peters as head coach of Team Canada, Mikael Backlund as captain of Team Sweden, and Johnny Gaudreau as one of Team USA’s top scorers.

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Garnet Hathaway

Garnet Hathaway started the season as one of the best players in the AHL. On a line with Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane, the trio was undoubtedly one of the best in the league. After amassing 19 points in 18 games, Hathaway was called up to the Flames. It was not surprising that his success…

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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Oliver Kylington

The Stockton Heat were largely driven this year by their defencemen. Three of their top six scorers were defencemen, all putting up 35 points or more and scoring at least 0.55 PPG. It’s not the only reason, but you could perhaps rest most of the blame for the Heat missing the playoffs on the fact…

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What do the Flames need at the 2018 draft?

Good drafting involves weighing team need and pick value. Do you draft the best player available or do you draft for need? The bad news for the Flames is that they have picks with little value. If you like the draft picks = lottery tickets metaphor, the picks the Flames have are four one dollar…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Matt Stajan

Matt Stajan played out the final year of his contract in 2017-18, potentially spelling the end of his nine-year stint with the Calgary Flames. While he ably filled the role of fourth line center – with a fairly hefty cap hit given that role – his bigger impact on the club was arguably felt as…

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The Flames are looking for bargains at the 2018 NHL Draft

The 2018 National Hockey League entry draft will not be business as usual for the Calgary Flames. Because of some wheeling and dealing at last year’s draft in Chicago (which included acquiring Travis Hamonic), the Flames head to Dallas for this year’s event in a position they’ve been in only three times: they don’t have…