Calgary faces difficult dilemma with Michael Frolik

It seems like Michael Frolik is the first Calgary Flames player that comes to mind when discussing a salary-driven trade. We all know Calgary needs to clear cap space and Frolik’s $4.3 million seems like an easy contract to move out. The problem is, Frolik has been a solid contributor over the last four years…


The Heat round out their coaching staff

After a pair of off-season departures, the Stockton Heat have finalized their staff for the 2019-20 season. Their hiring announcements include a new goalie coach and a new video analyst.


Several players will cross the Battle of Alberta lines in 2019-20

For the third time in the history of both franchises, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers made a trade over the summer. In addition to that, three free agents swapped sides during the off-season. As a result, potentially up to five players could join a small group that has played for both sides of the…


FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #1 Juuso Valimaki

After the first professional season that he had, could it be anybody else? The Calgary Flames have done a nice job drafting and developing defensemen over Brad Treliving’s tenure and the top prospect on our annual rankings could potentially be one of the best in awhile. An agile, mobile and competitive blueliner, Finnish import Juuso…


FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #2 Dillon Dube

One more game, and Dillon Dube wouldn’t be eligible for this list. The 56th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Dube is the obvious (maybe only) choice for the most NHL ready forward prospect of any we ranked this go-around. The 5’11”, 183 pound forward was very close to graduating and shedding the prospect title…


Three ways the Flames can open up cap space

With training camp fast approaching, the Flames have less than $8 million in cap space with a pair of players unsigned: Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane. Calgary needs to free up space and is actively exploring ways they can make that happen. Some options are more desirable than others, but all of the following three…


FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #3 Jakob Pelletier

With their first first rounder in two years, the Flames had plenty of options to choose from. Despite having plenty of left handed forwards (and small ones, at that) already in the system, the Flames went for 5’9″, 161 pound Jakob Pelletier. What made the Flames go with the Quebec City prospect was quite clear:…


Low salary cap is short term pain for long term gain

It’s safe to say all 31 National Hockey League clubs were caught off-guard in June when the salary cap rose much less than was originally anticipated. Rather than operating with a cap ceiling in the vicinity of $83-84 million, the 2019-20 cap was set at $81.5 million – the smallest year-over-year increase since the cap’s…


FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #4 Matthew Phillips

A running trend with the top five players in the FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects is that they are on the smaller end of things. With only one player clocking in at over six feet tall, they’ve instead gotten into the top five by relying on their skill to take them places.


Know Your Arena Designers: the field

We’ve been taking a look at potential architects and designers for the upcoming new Calgary Flames arena over the past while. We’ve hit most of the heavy hitters in the stadium and arena design world, but there are a few up-and-comers to keep an eye on.