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‘Shaking up the core’ isn’t as cut and dried as it sounds

Another first round exit. Another disappointing playoff performance from some of Calgary’s highest profile and highest paid players. Another off-season of calls for the Flames to make significant changes to their. That’s where we find ourselves right now, and those clamouring for a shakeup are perfectly justified.

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FlamesNation Mailbag: Another week into the off-season

It’s the end of August and the Calgary Flames have completed an eventful, draining month. They beat the Jets! They lost to Dallas! Matthew Tkachuk suffered from a concussion! Cam Talbot was great! A lot happened and now, we wait for an autumn of potential changes. Onto the mailbag!

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Seth Jarvis

The 2020 NHL Draft will be October 6 & 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Next up on our rundown? Perhaps the ideal first round pick for the Flames,…

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What could a Johnny Gaudreau trade look like?

Depending on who you ask, the Calgary Flames should definitely trade Johnny Gaudreau or they shouldn’t think about it at all. A lot of the skepticism around a potential trade comes from the prospect of a shoddy return, ala the Jarome Iginla or Jay Bouwmeester trades. So we took a look at trades since the…

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The (asset) chain is broken: Andrew Nielsen signs in Austria

Way, way back in 1976, the Atlanta Flames drafted Kent Nilsson. For over four decades, the Flames managed to keep turning over that asset – like the proverbial pizza Lunchables – for futures. This week, it appears the asset chain has finally been broken as defenseman Andrew Nielsen signed with EHC Linz in Austria’s ICE…

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Which Flames defensemen and goalies will be back next season?

It looks to be a big summer of changes for the Calgary Flames, especially on the back-end. Previously, we broke down the likelihood of each member of the Flames’ forward corps returning to the team in the 2020–21 season. But while the majority of the Flames’ forwards remain under contract or RFA control through future…

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Which Flames forwards will return to Calgary next season?

The 2019–20 Calgary Flames outlasted their predecessors from last year by one playoff game, jumping out to a 2–1 series lead in the first round against the Dallas Stars before losing three straight games to end their season. Sure, they beat the Winnipeg Jets in the newfangled play-in series, but, at the end of the…