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Garret Sparks is coming to Flames camp on a PTO

The Calgary Flames don’t have a ton of spots left to fill on their roster for 2020-21, but they’ve invited a very intriguing player to camp on a professional try-out: goaltender Garret Sparks. The PTO was originally reported by FlamesNation’s managing editor Ryan Pike and confirmed by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

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No Flames have opted out of 2020-21 season

In advance of training camp opening in a week, Sunday was the deadline for players on the 24 teams that were in July’s playoffs to opt out of the upcoming season. Per TSN’s Salim Valji, no Calgary Flames players did so. With today's deadline for players from 2019-20 playoff teams to opt out of the…

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FlamesNation mailbag: World Junior season

The 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship is upon us! The Calgary Flames have four players involved! Also, training camp for the truncated 2020-21 NHL season begins in a week! So let’s check in with the mailbag, pals!

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Flames at World Juniors Day 3: competitive games galore

On the third day of World Junior round robin play in the Edmonton bubble, three Calgary Flames prospects were involved in tight-checking games. Two won, one lost. Canada 3, Slovakia 1 Canada maintained their lead in Group A with their second win in as many days, though Slovakia made them work for it. Due to…

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Jake Boltmann debuts for Notre Dame in January

Earlier this month, Calgary Flames prospect Jake Boltmann committed to the University of Notre Dame for his college hockey. I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/1I6k8Z3Fkq — Jake Boltmann (@Boltmann10) December 21, 2020 But the quirk is this: it turns out that…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Elias Lindholm

For years, the Calgary Flames have been home to some excellent Swedish hockey players. One of the latest additions to their pantheon of smart, skilled Swedish forwards is Elias Lindholm. Entering his third season with the Flames, and his eighth NHL campaign, Lindholm is one of the team’s most versatile, important players. What can we…

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Flames at World Juniors Day 2: North America conquers Europe

On the second day of World Junior round robin play in the Edmonton bubble, the three Calgary Flames prospects representing North America were part of a pair of routs over European countries. Canada 16, Germany 2 Canada scored early and often, out-shooting the undermanned Germans 44-15 and seeing 17 different Canadians hit the scoresheet. (Germany…

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Flames at World Juniors Day 1: Russia beats USA, despite Wolf

The first day of the 2021 World Juniors proved to be more eventful from a Calgary Flames perspective than anybody had really anticipated. Russia defeated the United States, but in a manner that saw Dustin Wolf come into the game. Russia 5, United States 3 The story of the game was goaltending, notably a shaky…

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Drafting and player development was a unique challenge in 2020

In many ways, life was easier for NHL clubs before the introduction of the salary cap in 2005. Sure, there was a disparity between clubs in terms of resourcing, but an uneven playing field also meant that some teams could spend their way out of mistakes. The introduction of the cap eliminated that possibility overnight,…

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Flames prospect viewing guide: Dec. 25-31

Ho ho ho! Santa Claus has arrived and as part of his arrival, we’re getting a slew of Calgary Flames-related prospect games over the next seven days. Here’s who’s playing (and when) this week! Fri., Dec. 25 7:30 a.m. MT – KHL: Dynamo Minsk (Ilya Solovyov) vs. Dynamo Riga 9:00 a.m. MT – VHL (Russia):…