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Report: Starting point in Giordano negotiations set at 8-years, $72 million

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving had made it no secret: it’s a priority of his organization to lock up team captain Mark Giordano before he hits the unrestricted free agent market next summer. Though he was always effective, Giordano is the rare late-blooming superstar. Over the past few…

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Flames Free Agent Frenzy Preview

Mason Raymond: an appropriate cautionary tale for the free agent frenzy.Photo Creidt: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports The Calgary Flames made an earth shattering offseason addition last weekend when they traded for blue chip young defenseman Dougie Hamilton prior to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Now that Hamilton has been locked up for six years with an eminently reasonable contract carrying an annual…

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Report: Flames lock up Dougie Hamilton with 6-year, $34.5 million contract

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports The Calgary Flames have signed 22-year-old bluechip defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a six-year contract worth a reported $34.5 million. The contract will carry an annual average value of $5.75 million. It’s a steal of a contract for a young, 6-foot-5, two-way defender who has produced first-pairing results throughout the first three…

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Thomas Drance’s NHL Awards Ballot

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden. After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed…

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #5 Paul Martin

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and…

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Why RFAs Mikael Backlund and Lance Bouma will be a litmus test for Brad Treliving

Photo Credit: Candice Ward/USA TODAY Sports Brad Treliving’s tenure as the general manager of the Calgary Flames got off to a rocky start – particularly with the club’s questionable decision to sign a handful of marginal contributors to big contracts in unrestricted free agency – but he rebounded, and put together a mostly sparkling first year as the…

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Top-10 UFA countdown: #8 – Martin St. Louis

Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! Over the course of Martin St. Louis‘ Hall of Fame worthy career the 5-foot-8 winger has won a Hart Trophy, a Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold Medal…

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NATION DRAFTS 2015 CHARITY PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE

The Nation Network isn’t accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton? We’re experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools – particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to…

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NATION DRAFTS 2015 CHARITY PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE

The Nation Network isn’t accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton? We’re experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools – particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of…

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Nation Drafts 2015 charity playoff pool update

The Nation Network isn’t accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton? We’re experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools – particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015…

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Canucks recall Sven Baertschi

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Canucks need goals. They need more of an offensive push from all over their lineup. They need Sven. On Tuesday the club announced the recall of forward Sven Baertschi from the AHL’s Utica Comets. Based on the timing of the recall – immediately before the club takes…

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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for instigating late fight with Kris Russell

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAYSports An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows’ instigator, they just won’t enforce his suspension). Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating…