Why won’t Bob Hartley play Tyler Wotherspoon?

View image | gettyimages.com Tyler Wotherspoon has been a healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames six times so far this season. He has played zero NHL games despite being recalled three times, either as an extra or due to fear of losing one of the regular veteran defencemen. It took until the third recall for that…

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Lack of defensive depth highlights a major problem for the Flames

View image | gettyimages.com Whether they lose him short-term or long-term, the mere thought of being without Mark Giordano for any length of time is a terrifying one for the Flames. And it isn’t just because he’s the team captain. Or because he’s their most played player. Or because he’s been leading the Flames in scoring for…

What would you do with Raphael Diaz?

View image | gettyimages.com Looking at Taylor’s piece on Byron inspired a quick look at the Flames’ contracts. After all, pending UFAs to get looked at when the trade deadline rolls around, and Curtis Glencross and Paul Byron are two of those guys. (Alright, so Byron is an RFA, but considering how he wasn’t even qualified…

Sven Baertschi needs to replace Curtis Glencross

View image | gettyimages.com The trade deadline is one of the biggest signifiers of just how close the regular NHL season is to ending. It’s teams’ final chance to load up for a playoff run before the real action gets underway. It’s also one of teams’ final chances to determine just where they’re at with some…

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How TJ Brodie made Mark Giordano one of the best defencemen in the NHL

View image | gettyimages.com [Editor’s note: Please everyone, give a kind welcome to the FlamesNation team to arii, who you may know best from her superb work over at Matchsticks and Gasoline!] Everybody loves Mark Giordano – or at least, they should. The guy has all the makings of a great story: nice, humble guy…