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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…

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Do the Calgary Flames have the best jerseys in the league?

The Calgary Flames have made big strides in many respects this off-season. They added Jacob Markstrom and Chris Tanev on long term contracts in a bid to solidify their overall defensive game. Geoff Ward received a new two year deal to be the team’s 20th head coach after overseeing a 25-15-3 run as the team’s…

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The 10 most effective tough guys in Calgary Flames history

Why do NHL teams keep enforcers around in today’s day and age? Well, in short, they don’t. Fighting is still around, and it probably always will be, until the players collectively change their minds about it. But, truthfully, the role of a pure fighter has been replaced… or, rather, it’s been altered.

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2020-21 Reasonable Expectations: Mark Giordano

We’re not quite sure when hockey will return for the 2020-21 season – aside from that it’ll be in 2021 – but several Calgary Flames players are headed towards pivotal campaigns. As we prepare for 2020-21, we’re digging into the likely Flames roster player by player to determine what we can expect from them. On…

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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…