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FlamesNation Roundtable: 2021 World Junior edition

The second-best tournament in sports, besides the Stanley Cup playoffs, begins on Christmas Day in Edmonton. It’s the World Juniors, featuring 10 countries and four Calgary Flames prospects, to boot. We have assembled our roundtable to provide our opinions and handy predictions for the next few weeks of hockey.

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2021 World Junior Championship preview

It’s the holiday season! And if there’s one thing that brings together everybody even more than hot beverages, tasty snacks and presents, it’s the annual World Junior Hockey Championship! Taking place this year in a bubble format in Edmonton, the tournament seeks to crown the best under-20 national team on the planet. Let’s take a…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Derek Ryan

The Calgary Flames have paid Derek Ryan a $3.125 million annual salary for the last two years. It’s been money well spent: Ryan has fit into the Flames’ lineup seamlessly as a secondary scoring weapon and as a defensive rock. He’s also a right-handed shot, rare on recent editions of the team. Ryan will turn…

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FlamesNation prospect update: the holiday season

Santa Claus is almost here! Or Father Christmas, for our European friends. As everyone celebrates their holidays remotely this year, Calgary’s various prospects are still playing in some pockets of the world. Here’s a quick check-in on the prospective future Flames.

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Ex-Flame Deryk Engelland announces retirement

Following an eventful 17-year pro career, former Calgary Flames blueliner Deryk Engelland announced his retirement on Tuesday. Memories for a lifetime. Thank you, Deryk! 😃 More on Engelland's retirement 👉 https://t.co/9x4gRJTcCn #VegasStrong | #VegasBorn pic.twitter.com/OA6YnhQ4QD — Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 22, 2020 Engelland, 38, was an Edmonton kid and played his junior with the…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Juuso Valimaki

For now, the Calgary Flames look to have a pretty cut-and-dried top-four on defense. Mark Giordano, Chris Tanev, Rasmus Andersson, and Noah Hanifin are all being paid at least $4.5 million annually to patrol the blue line for the Flames. Then, there’s Juuso Valimaki, whose $894,166 cap hit could increase by nearly 50% if he…