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FlamesNation mailbag: arbitration, trades, and Dube

With our favourite postman Christian Tiberi out of commission with a cold [Editor’s Note: the term we like to use is “day to day with flu-like symptoms”], I’m taking over mailbag duties for this week. The off-season is a fairly uneventful time, but with arbitration hearings around the corner, things could get interesting pretty soon.

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Breaking down Mike Smith and David Rittich’s season splits

The Flames’ goaltending situation is a discussion that simply hasn’t gone away all season. The emergence of David “Big Save Dave” Rittich and the decline in play from Mike Smith has created a giant cloud around the crease, and the decision on who will start for the Flames seems to change with the wind.

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For Your Consideration: Johnny Gaudreau for the Hart Memorial Trophy

The Hart Trophy is probably the most prestigious individual award in the NHL, and teams that have strong candidates for it are generally among the league’s best – something the now-second-place Flames haven’t been in quite some time. Their ascent to a legitimate Cup contender this season has several Flames players vying for big NHL…

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The Flames have a winning record against every division in the NHL

After years of wallowing in mediocrity, the Calgary Flames finally appear to be a legitimately good NHL team. Big, roster-changing offseason moves overhauled both the forwards and defense, and the new look Flames team has impressed through their first 38 games. So much so, that they currently sit fifth overall in the NHL after a…

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Does a Smith for Talbot trade make sense?

If it weren’t for the emergence of David “Big Save Dave” Rittich, the Calgary Flames would be in trouble. Mike Smith, the goalie tabbed with being the starter at the beginning of the year, has struggle mightily through the first quarter of the season, and hasn’t really shown any signs of bouncing back. Rittich might…

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Flames make up for sloppy second periods with tremendous thirds

Synonymous with Calgary weather, the Flames had an inconsistent October. The opening month of the 2018-19 season featured the highest of highs, like beating the Vancouver Canucks in the home opener, and the lowest of lows, like the crushing 9-1 defeat on home ice to the Pittsburgh Penguins. After adding several new key pieces this…

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Adding another goalie is more complicated than it seems

In many ways, the success of the Calgary Flames in 2018-19 will be based on the success of their goaltending tandem. With significant upgrades on forward, arguably defense, and with several prospects knocking on the NHL door, the Flames look to be in much better shape this year as opposed to last, at least when…