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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2018: #12 Linus Lindstrom

It’s something about those Swedish centres. When the Flames picked Linus Lindstrom in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, they brought in a long-term project. That’s not unusual for mid to late round European picks, but Lindstrom has been making positive strides faster than expected. The 6’0″, 165 lb. left-shooting Swede has made his…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2018: #13 Adam Ruzicka

Between Marek Hrivik, Robert Dome, and Ronald Petrovicky, the Flames have had Slovakians play 111 games for them, 107 belonging to Petrovicky. Mostly due to Slovakia playing little brother to their former countrymen in the Czech Republic, the Flames have just opted for more Czechs (13 have played for the Flames) than Slovaks (three). One…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2018: #14 D’Artagnan Joly

The later rounds of the draft are, obviously, not going to be as flush with NHL talent as the first round, but that doesn’t mean talent can’t be found. Often times, it hides in players who have flaws, sometimes superficial (i.e. height) but usually genuine. The job of the scouting team is to identify which…

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FlamesNation mailbag: The final pieces of business

Well, one of the major pieces of business everyone wanted (but few dreamed, myself included) finally happened, leaving the Flames with one final RFA deal before they bolt off to China in just about five weeks’ time. Let us go boldly into the post-Brouwer era of the Calgary Flames.

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A retrospective of bad Flames UFA signings

There are three major events on the NHL calendar that will demonstrate the skills of a general manager: the draft, free agency, and trade deadline. Out of the three, free agency is arguably the most revealing. The draft and trade deadline are mostly confined by who is available and what you have to work with,…

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2018 Flames draft: a closer look at Dmitry Zavgorodniy

The Flames may have saved their most intriguing pick for last at the 2018 NHL draft. Dmitry Zavgorodniy (alternatively: Dmitri Zavgorodny) is a 5’9″, 174-pound right-shooting left winger out of the QMJHL originally hailing from Russia. Drafting a short guy isn’t necessarily a Flames oddity, but the final two categories are out of their general…

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FlamesNation Mailbag: Goalies in focus

The Flames made moves on every front this offseason. They plugged holes in the forward lines by adding four fresh faces, brought in another big name defenceman (at the expense of another one), while still stockpiling plenty of helpful depth in the minors. The one area left untouched was the goaltending, which is looking more…

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FlamesNation Mailbag: Keep or toss?

Having built up depth with a bunch of new faces this offseason, the Flames have a few tough decisions to make regarding some of their old faces. There’s a few that have become expendable given what’s been added to the team. There’s no room for complacency anymore. Who might stay, and who might go?