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Are the Flames done after signing Chris Tanev and Jacob Markstrom?

After nearly a decade of short-term fixes and reclamation projects in net, the Calgary Flames have finally spent big bucks on a goalie. The rumours connecting Jacob Markstrom and the Flames began to pick up almost immediately after the UFA period opened on Friday and continued for hours before the two sides eventually settled on…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Derek Forbort

The Flames traded for two very different defensemen at the 2020 NHL trade deadline. In Erik Gustafsson, they got a power play quarterback who can play both sides and generate a lot of assists. The Flames sacrificed a third-round pick to the Blackhawks in exchange for his services; Chicago wound up selecting defenseman Wyatt Kaiser…

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One-on-one: Flames marketing head Ryan Popowich details move to ‘full retro’

After 25 years of toying with black as a key component in their home and away sweaters, the Calgary Flames have finally returned to their trailblazing uniform design. The “full retro” initiative, announced Monday as part of the club’s 40th anniversary celebrations, sees the return of the classic tri-tone colour scheme (red, yellow, and white)…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Dawson Mercer

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Dawson Mercer is a right-handed product of Newfoundland who has a good chance…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Mikael Backlund

31-year-old Mikael Backlund has four years left on his contract at $5.35 million. Back in November of 2019, that deal was starting to look like it might be a huge and imminent problem for the Calgary Flames. Backlund scored just three goals and 10 points in his first 29 games of the 2019–20 season, causing…

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2020 Flames Late Round Targets: James Hardie

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames currently definitively possess six picks: 19th, 50th, 96th, 143rd, 174th, and 205th. They may also possess the 81st pick depending on whether the Edmonton Oilers decide to transfer their third-rounder to Calgary (as part of the Milan Lucic trade)…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Zac Rinaldo

The Calgary Flames love their deterrents. From Tanner Glass to Ryan Lomberg, Brian McGrattan to Kevin Westgarth, and Anthony Peluso to Brandon Bollig, seldom a year has gone by over the course of the Flames’ 40-year history where they haven’t dressed a guy on at least a few occasions whose role is to bang, crash,…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: TJ Brodie

It’s mind-boggling that TJ Brodie has already been a Calgary Flame for nearly a decade. Over the course of his tenure here, Brodie has received praise for his smooth skating and crisp breakout passes while also receiving criticism at times for occasional lapses in judgement in his own end. One thing most Flames supporters can…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Rodion Amirov

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Rodion Amirov looks like a safe bet to be the first Russian skater…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Tobias Rieder

After infamously being called out by Edmonton Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson near the conclusion of his disastrous 2018–19 season, Tobias Rieder found a new home three hours down the QEII this year and carved a decent niche for himself. The Flames signed Rieder to a one-year, league-minimum contract after inviting him to their September 2019…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Travis Hamonic

In the summer of 2017, the Calgary Flames traded their 2018 first round pick and two second rounders to the New York Islanders in exchange for the final three years of defenseman Travis Hamonic’s contract. Well, those three years have come and gone. Was the acquisition cost worth it? Probably not. Has Hamonic been a…