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Daymond Langkow – An Appreciation

    This is clearly one of those pieces that I’d rather not have to write, since I’m compelled to discuss a player that, if I had my druthers, would have had the chance to author a Conroy-style coda over the next few years. A player enjoying a period of graceful aging and a nice…

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Yay Optimism – Forward Depth

                 As the Flames prepare for the last season before the next lockout (there’s only some much optimism I’m capable of), one of the likely strong suits of this year’s team will be the middle of the order. We’ve spent plenty of time around these parts bemoaning the…

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August 21 News and Notes

                The NHL is mostly in the doldrums in regard to player movement at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that  the business is completely peaceful, so it’s time for a brief review of some of the happenings around the game. In this installment, the league’s R and…

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The Weakest Link

                  I’ll confess a certain level of amusement over the handwringing going on in the comments here, when it’s blatantly obvious that the biggest impediment to the Flames reaching the playoffs last season was a player that has received no mention at all. It’s a bit odd,…

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Rene Bourque – anatomy of a lost year

                            Of all the skaters that laced them up for the Flames this past season, no player seemed to promise more while delivering less than Rene Bourque. After two excellent years following his acquisition from the Blackhawks, Bourque struggled virtually all season, finishing…

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July 14 News and Notes

                                                                           Best wishes, Pete   The round-up returns in its new amalgamted form, as we examine a few items…

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Anton BabchuK: Luxury Item

               I’ll confess I’ve watched the reaction to the Anton Babchuk signing with a bit of bemusement since the Flames re-upped their free agent defender Monday afternoon. There seems to be a school of thought that accepts the deal as reasonable given the current silly FA market, and people…

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The stupid is thick on the ground tonight

                With tomorrow’s start for free agency looming, it seems like a good time to have a quick look at some of the contracts that we’ve seen inked over the last couple of days, as well as what’s left and what, if anything, the Flames should be looking for…

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Player Profile – Chris Butler

                 As the Robyn Regehr transaction unfolded this past weekend, there was a considerable sense of disappointment when Chris Butler was announced as the NHL portion of the return. Butler, a 24 year old defenceman from St. Louis, was used for much of the year as a 4th/5th…

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On the Loose

                   This afternoon was the deadline to qualify NHL RFAs, and a few names of note were advised by their teams that they would be set free. I’m going to look at three players in particular, with consideration given to their merits as players and whether it…

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Mixed Messages

               After a weekend spent watching the Flames punt one of their hard minutes defenceman out the door at this weekend’s draft in St. Paul, like Ryan Lambert, I can only wonder exactly what the hell Jay Feaster is playing at. While I suspect most fans were hoping for…

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June 19 News and Notes

                 And, we’re done. The on-ice portion of the NHL season has ended after 8 1/2 months with a new champion. For the rest of the league, that means business off-ice is about to pick up, and as a non-fan of the two finalists, not a minute too…