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Flames sign Marek Hrivik

It’s been a relatively quiet day for the Calgary Flames relative to the draft or the blockbuster involving Tom McCollum heading to the Detroit Red Wings, but the Flames made a minor move to shore up some depth in signing Marek Hrivik.

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Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day

There’s an obvious and often too easy approach to writing about you dad – on Father’s Day – and drawing a correlation between the relationship and sports. That’s not to say my mother and mothers everywhere haven’t had a major impact on sports in our lives. In particular my mom’s love of basketball and volleyball…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett, by many respects, has all the necessary inputs to be an NHL forward who provides an impact. Whether he truly reaches the expectations and ceiling perceived when he was drafted in 2014 is still up in the air given this past season’s struggles. That said, with those prerequisites, fans shouldn’t give up just…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Michael Frolik

When the Calgary Flames signed Michael Frolik two summers ago, fans had reason to be excited for what Frolik could bring. Not only was he a proven winner with a Stanley Cup ring from his time with Chicago, but he brought with him a skill set the Flames desperately needed. Frolik is by many standards…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Garnet Hathaway

If you asked fans who Garnet Hathaway was a year ago you’d probably have a lot of folks scratching their heads. Undrafted out of college, Hathaway in a lot of traditional respects embodies the Hockey Dream™. It’s also why fans seemingly have fallen in love with him because he’s the style of player that bodes…

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FlamesNation Mailbag: May 29, 2017

We’re only weeks away from the expansion draft and just under a month away from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Calgary is easily one of many teams with significant question marks in terms of what they do at the draft, decisions which may be significantly impacted by who is claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights….

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The Flames should be calling about Nino Niederreiter

Yesterday in Elliotte Friedman’s weekly 30 thoughts column, Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter’s name came up in regards to chatter in trade circles. There’s no denying the Calgary Flames should be actively shopping for talent to fill out the top six. With the revolving door of right wingers that appeared alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Sean Monahan

Sean Monahan, for all the right and wrong reasons, is a polarizing player in many fans’ eyes, from having misnomers applied to him as a Toews-lite to being regarded as a significant liability while on the ice. Somewhere in the middle of those extremes is the truth: a young centre, with a knack for scoring,…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Matthew Tkachuk

There are two camps of Matthew Tkachuk observers. The first is a group of individuals – like myself – who adore every moment of his existence as he does everything humanly possible to irritate the other team and their fans. The other is those who may – or may not – pray to whatever deity…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Mikael Backlund

Remember back to a time when fans and media had given up on Mikael Backlund. It wasn’t that long ago, and yet it feels like a distant memory given how this past season went for the veteran centre. Hell, it’s incredible to think of Backlund now as a veteran of this team. Yet here we…

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Introducing the Friendship Tour 2016-17 shirt

Hello friends, it’s your community manager with a very important update. We’ve been hard at work trying to solve the merchandise dilemma impacting the site for some time. When I took a slightly more elevated role with the network in February it was a huge sticking point in what I wanted to see delivered to…

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Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim’s penalty kill

The Anaheim Ducks’ penalty kill is a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in an awful jersey. From a goal, shot, and expected goals perspective, it’s actually below average in many categories. All the more remarkable is the fact that they finished the season fourth in the league with a 84.7% penalty kill. Systemically versus the…