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WWYD Wednesday: Sign Sam Bennett to a bridge deal?

Sam Bennett is a free agent this summer. But unlike Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau last summer, Bennett isn’t in line for a major raise over his entry level contract. His relatively disappointing sophomore season of 13 goals and 26 points puts him well outside of the typical “six-year second contract” group of young players….

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FN on Air: Talking Treliving and Goaltending

Now that Brad Treliving is signed, the Calgary Flames organization has a few clear priorities this summer: get a goaltender, prepare for the expansion draft, and look for depth options on the wing and the blueline. Allan Mitchell invited me to talk about all this and more on Lowedown with Lowetide today. Have a listen:

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FN Mailbag – May 1, 2017

It’s May, it’s the middle of spring, and the Flames season is over. It’s time, once again, to turn to the organization’s now annual question: “what will Calgary do with their goaltending?” Since Miikka Kiprusoff retired (and honestly, since before that since he started to wobble near the end), the Calgary crease has been a…

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WWYD Wednesday: Bring back Brad Treliving?

The Calgary Flames’ season ended last week and as of writing, the club’s general manager Brad Treliving remains without a contract for next season. Until now it seemed outlandish that the organization would move on from Treliving just three years after bringing him in to replace Jay Feaster, but here we are. The Flames have…

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FN Mailbag – April 24, 2017

That’s it for 2016-17. The offseason came a bit too early for fans and management alike, and frankly, the team deserved better given their efforts. No one said this game was fair though. Calgary made a lot of headway as a franchise this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still improve. Lots of questions…

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WWYD Wednesday: Start Brian Elliott in Game 4?

It’s no secret Brian Elliott has had a shaky first round. Although he was one of the best puck stoppers¬†in the league during the final third of the season, Elliott has seemingly reverted back to his early season form, sporting an .887 save rate through the first three games. It’s no exaggeration to say the…

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FlamesNation on Air: Breaking Down the Flames Misfortunes

The Flames are down 3-0 in their first-round series with the Ducks, but the play has not reflected the results so far. With Calgary battling goal review controversies, bad bounces, and the perpetually frustrating Duck roster, there was a lot of interest in dissecting the action today.

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FN Mailbag – April 17, 2017

“The curse” remains intact. The Flames need to win in Anaheim (at least once) to somehow win this series, but just how to do that continues to elude this franchise. Aside from the poor discipline and the brain cramps (*cough* bad change *cough*) I thought the Flames played well enough win to either game. That’s…

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Flames 2016-17: A tale of two seasons

Making the playoffs after finishing near the bottom of the league last year is a big enough accomplishment on its own, but it seems like a minor miracle given Calgary’s dreadful start to the season. As we all fondly recall, the Flames stumbled badly out of the gate. By the middle of November, they were…

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FN Mailbag – April 10, 2017

Playoffs. If it was a bit of a bumpy road and the Flames are still something of an unfinished product, but they’re back in the postseason nonetheless. Even though Calgary struggled out of the gate, Glen Gulutzan’s version of the club took a much-needed step forward over the Hartley iterations. This year isn’t a repeat…

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WWYD Wednesday: About that Flames third pairing…

Prior to the trade deadline, GM Brad Treliving did some fairly major surgery to the Flames’ backend. He signed former Canuck Matt Bartkowksi out of the AHL, more or less consigning Jyrki Jokipakka to the pressbox. Then he traded for Michael Stone from the Coyotes, bumping Dennis Wideman to the sidelines. He did this because…

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FN Mailbag – April 3, 2017

So they made it. A terrible first quarter led to a lot of questions and second-guessing. The new coach didn’t seem to know what he was doing. The revamped goaltending was as leaky as the old batch. And all of the young stars with new, big money deals had seemingly forgotten how to score. The…