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WWYD Wednesday: Choose a prospect to trade

We all know the Flames’ major needs heading into the summer: starting goalie, top six winger, top four defender. We also know there is going to be a very active trade market between now and the first round of the entry draft. What we don’t know is what the Flames can offer in return for…

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FN Mailbag – June 12, 2017

We’re less than a week away from “protection day” when all teams must have their protected lists submitted to the NHL, but all is silent on the trade front. Part of the issue is likely the recently completed Stanley Cup Final, but the other is the weird complexity of the expansion draft itself. By all…

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WWYD Wednesday: Trade for a defenseman?

It’s no secret that the Calgary Flames need another top four defender. It’s also no secret that the free agent pool for blueliners is rather shallow this year. If Cody Franson has his heart set on staying out east, for instance, Calgary’s list of clear UFA targets dwindles rapidly. The only other option is a…

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FN Mailbag – June 5, 2017

This period of the offseason is usually pretty busy for NHL organizations, but this particular June should prove to be especially hectic. The expansion draft is a whole new, unique wrinkle that should influence everything from trades to UFA market. Calgary is a club with a lot of irons in the fire at this point….

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Troy Brouwer

There is a short list of factors that can help determine if an NHL UFA signing is going to be a bad bet: The player’s perceived value is strongly based on reputation and intangibles. He’s coming off a really good playoff run. He’s over 30 years old. He’s considered a top UFA target. He’s asking…

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FlamesNation Mailbag: May 22, 2017

The theme of Brad Treliving’s offseason this year will be filling in the gaps on the Flames roster: Right wing, bottom three defense, and the goaltender problem. When Treliving arrived there was still some foundational work to be done. Since then, Calgary’s core has mostly filled out with the maturation of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan,…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Deryk Engelland

Deryk Engelland is a straightforward hockey player. He’s tough, he sticks up for his teammates, and he is an old-style defensive defenseman. Almost three years ago the Flames organization signed him to a giant raise due to those intangibles and there are many fans who would argue the club should re-sign him to retain those…

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WWYD Wednesday: Trade for a winger?

We’ve talked a lot about the Flames’ need for a starting goalie and how the expansion draft will create pressure the organization can leverage to get one (or two) via trade this offseason. We’ve talked less about skaters, in part because adding new guys forces the team to make decisions about who to keep and…

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FN Mailbag: May 15, 2017

Scratch Ben Bishop off the Flames goalie wish list. The towering puck stopper was dealt to the Dallas Stars at the start of the week and swiftly signed with his new team, to the tune of a six-year, $29.5M deal. The cap hit is friendlier than expected at $4.92M per year, but Bishop traded some…

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WWYD Wednesday: What type of goalie to pursue?

The bad news this offseason is that the Calgary Flames are still looking for goaltending. The good news is there are lots of options. Not only can Brad Treliving opt to bring back the good (but not great) duo the team had last year, he can also pursue the veteran free agents, established trade targets,…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Johnny Gaudreau

Like the Flames’ season in general, Johnny Gaudreau went through something of a rollercoaster ride in 2016-17. The Flames’ leading scorer last year, Gaudreau’s new contract negotiation lasted all summer long, even stretching into fall and training camp. Gaudreau and Brad Treliving managed to ink a deal before the first puck drop, but the long…

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FB Mailbag – May 8, 2017

As the playoffs heat up, the Calgary Flames offseason is only starting to unfold. Aside from the doldrums of August, the period between the second round and Cup final tends to be operational dead time for the teams who are out of it. Which isn’t to say Brad Treliving and company are simply on vacation. The…