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Middle Kingdom

                                            There’s been plenty of fuss about the Flames’ dabbling in the free agent market, with the return of Olli Jokinen front and center. Darryl Sutter’s recent press availability was the first time that news of Daymond…

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July 8th News and Notes

                                                                         The NHL’s first week of free agency has passed with nary an ESPN special in sight, but that doesn’t…

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NTC/NMCs – Principle and Practice

                                                       One of the interesting bits of news from last week’s shock signing of Olli Jokinen was the fact that the Flames had included a No-Movement Clause in the…

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Well, there’s that…

                                                Look, I’m not going to try to put any lipstick on this pig. Olli Jokinen’s tenure in Calgary was a complete failure, full stop. His acquisition and subsequent trade bookended a period…

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June 30 News and Notes

Our nation’s 143rd birthday is just a day away and since the start of the NHL’s free agency period is now as much a part of that occasion for hockey fans as fireworks and bad face-paintings of maple leafs, it seems like a good time for the round-up. This week, the Flames waive Ales Kotalik,…

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A Modest Failure of Imagination

                                   This weekend’s activities in Los Angeles passed by with the Flames doing very little. I’m not actually surprised that they didn’t move a body or two during the draft, largely because teams that have limited assets aren’t often…

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Moving bigger pieces – Value for a few Flames

                                              One of the advantages to moving bodies in the summer is the absence of short term competitive pressure on a GM. As we’ve seen the last two deadlines, Darryl Sutter’s judgement in that scenario left a lot to be desired, and as I noted the other day, he’s done OK moving NHLers…

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NHL News and Notes

                                            With player movement beginning to heat up, it seems like a good time to have a look around the league for a few items of interest. This week, the first significant trades of the off-season are in the books, the players take the escalator, and the HHoF’s new class includes one of the…

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Sutter at the Draft – Player Trades

      With this weekend’s draft having the air of a very busy trading period around the league, I wanted to review Darryl Sutter’s history from draft weekends past, with a particular emphasis on moves where the Flames exchanged NHLers for NHLers. I’ll look at three specific moves from the ’06-’08 draft weekends, both…

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Trade Proposal – With a Twist

                                             One of the underlying issues confronting the Flames this off-season is their shortage of cap space. Presuming the players go for the escalator to the salary cap, Calgary will have just under 6…

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Ian White – Mock Arbitration

                                                    Ian White was almost certainly the best part of the return that the Flames obtained in the Dion Phaneuf transaction this past January. The Steinbach, MB. native moved into Phaneuf’s…

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A brief introduction…

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