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WWYD Wednesday – How do you solve the Flames’ problem at right wing?

We’ve talked at length about the Calgary Flames’ main weaknesses entering this offseason: defensive depth, goaltending, and right wing. Brad Treliving went all-in to fix problems one and two with the additions of Travis Hamonic, Mike Smith, and Eddie Lack. Unfortunately, Calgary’s organizational depth at right wing is still abysmal. While signing college UFA Spencer…

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FN Mailbag – Have the Flames improved enough?

This is the year the Calgary Flames’ contention window opens. The organization has assembled a strong core of young talent, with a handful of guys on the way. Mark Giordano is still well above average at 33, while  Sam Bennett (21), Sean Monahan (23), Johnny Gaudreau (24), Dougie Hamilton (24), Micheal Ferland (24), T.J. Brodie…

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Will Troy Brouwer rebound next year?

There’s a well-known media trope that any headline posed as a question can typically be answered with a “no”. That trope holds in this case. No, Troy Brouwer is not a likely bounce back candidate in 2017-18. That seems to be a popular refrain in some corners this offseason, but in reality, there aren’t any…

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WWYD Wednesday – Sign a vet or promote a kid?

For a short while, it seemed that Brad Treliving’s last big move in free agency would be to sign 35-year-old winger Patrick Sharp. A former impact forward coming off a down year, Sharp is a decent rebound candidate despite his age. That he was available for cheap made him a good target for the Flames….

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A look at Calgary Flames matchups for 2017-18

The Calgary Flames had a difficult bench to manage last season. Glen Gulutzan was lucky to find and leverage the now famous 3M line with Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik, and Matthew Tkachuk. That trio actually became one of the best hard minutes combinations in the league. Gulutzan was also able to lean on the Mark…

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FN Mailbox – Brad bets on a better blueline

It’s early July and Brad Treliving’s offseason is more or less done. There are some RFAs left to sign and maybe the chance a lingering UFA RW gets a deal, but the heavy lifting is over. With the exception of Lance Bouma and Alex Chiasson’s departures, the forward group hasn’t really changed. Although a kid…

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Flames re-sign Kris Versteeg

According to Darren Dreger, the Flames are close to re-signing Kris Versteeg to a one-year, $1.75M contract. If true, his new salary would represent a modest raise over his “prove it” contract of just $950k from last year.

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WWYD Wednesday – Sign a depth forward or depth defender?

Brad Treliving has already had a busy offseason. He traded for Mike Smith and Travis Hamonic and then signed college UFA Spencer Foo. He still has a collection of RFAs to ink to boot, including Sam Bennett and Micheal Ferland. After that, all that’s left is to fill in the margins. Calgary still has question…

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FN Mailbag – Travis Hamonic and the Flames’ future

June started pretty quietly for the Flames, but it’s been a busy last seven days or so. Once the festivities started, Brad Treliving got busy plugging the Flames’ major roster holes by acquiring G Mike Smith and trading for D Travis Hamonic. Calgary’s entry draft was capped by picking new top prospect Juuso Valimaki, a…

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A closer look at Juuso Valimaki

Typically when picking in the middle of the first round, an NHL team can expect to get a skilled but flawed player. Many “boom or bust” prospects slide out of the top 10 because of some perceived personality problem or because they lack at least one key ingredient in their game: size, speed, offense, hockey…

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WWYD Wednesday: Trade with Vegas?

NHL teams have submitted their protected lists and the Vegas Knights have been busy mocking up their roster and making side deals with clubs desperate to keep their prized players (or get rid of their worst ones). Calgary may have already traded for their number one goalie, but the club has two more obvious needs:…

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FN Mailbag – June 19, 2017

So the Flames found their goaltender. Mike Smith was both the oldest and most established guy available on the market. With Marc-Andre Fleury likely being moved to Vegas and Ben Bishop landing in Dallas, Brad Treliving had his choice between a handful of younger or less established netminders like Antti Raanta, Philipp Grubauer, and Calvin Pickard….