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Milan Lucic’s 1,000th game and other upcoming milestones for the 2021 Flames

You won’t just find Milestones by the Telus Convention Centre on Stephen Avenue. Both the scoresheets and the schedule will feature milestones for members of the Calgary Flames in the upcoming 56-game 2020-21 season. For example, there’s a good chance that this year will feature the 11th instance of a player skating in his 1,000th…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Derek Ryan

The Calgary Flames have paid Derek Ryan a $3.125 million annual salary for the last two years. It’s been money well spent: Ryan has fit into the Flames’ lineup seamlessly as a secondary scoring weapon and as a defensive rock. He’s also a right-handed shot, rare on recent editions of the team. Ryan will turn…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Juuso Valimaki

For now, the Calgary Flames look to have a pretty cut-and-dried top-four on defense. Mark Giordano, Chris Tanev, Rasmus Andersson, and Noah Hanifin are all being paid at least $4.5 million annually to patrol the blue line for the Flames. Then, there’s Juuso Valimaki, whose $894,166 cap hit could increase by nearly 50% if he…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Andrew Mangiapane

Andrew Mangiapane emerged as one of the Flames’ most intriguing players in 2019-20. He gradually took over Michael Frolik’s role on the second line as the season progressed, seamlessly replacing the Czech veteran’s defensive and offensive presence for much less money. Of course, Mangiapane no longer costs just $715,000 against the salary cap, but he’s…

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Projecting the Flames’ expanded roster for the 2020-21 season

It looks like Calgary Flames hockey may soon be back on the menu. The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman both reported Friday night that the NHL and the NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement on the logistics of a 56-game 2020-21 season, to begin Jan. 13, 2021.

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How many goals will the Flames score in 2020-21?

After scoring 289 goals in 2018-19, good for second-most in the National Hockey League, the Calgary Flames managed just 210 tallies last season and fell back to 20th in the league’s offensive rankings. The Flames weren’t as inept offensively in 2019-20 as they have been in the past—they scored more goals in 70 games last…

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What will the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft mean for each Flames player?

It’s hard to believe, but the Seattle Kraken are just one shortened season away from entering the National Hockey League. The Kraken are set to become the 32nd franchise in this ever-growing league, joining their expansion counterparts from Vegas and the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division. To make room, the Arizona Coyotes will shift…

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The Flames should not trade Oliver Kylington

If there’s one thing that Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving loves to do, it’s acquiring depth defensemen when his team is in contention at the trade deadline. In 2015, Treliving snagged David Schlemko on waivers from the Dallas Stars. Two years later, he brought in Matt Bartkowski on a tryout from the AHL’s Providence…

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Milan Lucic

Fun fact: Milan Lucic led the 2011 Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins in scoring with 30 goals and 62 points. That was a team featuring three future Hall of Fame locks in Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Recchi, as well as maybes Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. Nearly 10 years later, “Looch” isn’t close to…