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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #2 Connor Zary

The Calgary Flames have spent the last year working furiously to make up their deficit in the provincial “Connor Wars.” The Battle of Alberta seems to take on a new dimension every year. In 2019, the two teams spent the whole summer exchanging players, with Milan Lucic, Cam Talbot, and Tobias Rieder all joining the…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #4 (tied) Connor Mackey

Having just turned 24 in September, Connor Mackey is one of the oldest prospects on our list. But he’s not in our top five by accident. Mackey signed in Calgary back in March after being courted by 28 of the NHL’s 31 teams as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The…

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Back in black: Breaking down the Flames’ return to the Blasty jersey

One of the NHL’s most fiery characters has made his long-awaited return. On Monday, as part of a league-wide “Reverse Retro” jersey initiative, the Calgary Flames reintroduced their former horse logo, dubbed “Blasty” both by fans and the Flames’ marketing staff. Used as the primary crest on a black uniform donned by the team from…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #8 Glenn Gawdin

It’s been a long road to this point for Glenn Gawdin. A fourth round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2015, Gawdin couldn’t come to terms on a contract with his draft team and wound up signing with the Flames a few months after attending their 2017 prospect development camp.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #14 Johannes Kinnvall

Way back in the halcyon days of early March 2020, the Flames’ defensive depth chart looked to be in a tough spot. General manager Brad Treliving had just acquired Derek Forbort and Erik Gustafsson, the two of whom joined three other Flames defenders as pending unrestricted free agents (none of whom ended up re-signing with…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #16 Luke Philp

The Flames have an extensive history of showcasing players with unusual career paths to the NHL. Most notably, long-time captain Mark Giordano made the big leagues despite never being drafted into the Ontario Hockey League or the NHL. More recently, the team added Derek Ryan, a centre who worked his way up through Canadian university hockey…

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Dominik Simon isn’t your typical UFA signing, and that’s good

The Calgary Flames made a shrewd signing on Thursday, bringing in ex-Pittsburgh Penguins winger Dominik Simon on a one-year deal at the league minimum salary of $700,000. Simon, 26, spent a large part of the last two seasons as a key defensive component on Pittsburgh’s top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. He’s a…

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What does the Joakim Nordstrom addition mean for the Flames?

The rapidly growing “Little Stockholm” neighbourhood of the Flames’ dressing room added another resident on Monday as the team announced the signing of Swedish winger Joakim Nordstrom. Nordstrom, 28, has never been one to dominate teams offensively, posting just 68 points in his 400-game NHL career (roughly 14 per 82 games). He’s a defensive-minded forward…

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The Flames will have to make a decision about these free agents next year

While the Flames made a couple of big splashes in unrestricted free agency to land Jacob Markstrom and Chris Tanev, it’s likely this summer will be remembered more distinctly for what the team lost. TJ Brodie, Erik Gustafsson, Derek Forbort, Mark Jankowski, Cam Talbot, and Tobias Rieder are all gone, and Travis Hamonic looks likely…

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Checking in on former Flames in the free agency market

The Calgary Flames have been big spenders in the unrestricted free agent market this year. They made a big splash by spending $36 million over six years to bring in former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom on Friday. They shelled out four years of term and another $18 million in salary later that day to…