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A final college update on Mark Jankowski

Embed from Getty Images Earlier this week, Mark Jankowski signed his entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames and an ATO for the AHL Stockton Heat, fulfilling the wishes of both player and club to arrive at a deal before the end of the regular season. This came just a few days after the end of Jankowski’s…

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Checking in on Brandon Hickey

Embed from Getty Images This week I’m going to do a few posts about NCAA prospects for various sites around the Nation Network. Most will be based on in-person viewings, speaking with their coaches, and so on. Some will not. Okay that’s it bye. On Saturday, Boston University will play its first game in two…

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5 things: Some college updates just for you

Embed from Getty Images 1. Where we’re at As we round the bend into February, it comes with the tacit acknowledgement that this is when college hockey starts to get Serious. Teams really only have a month left in their regular seasons at this point, and at this point we have a pretty clear picture…

5 things: Calgary’s long-term ideas for the net

View image | gettyimages.com 1. What’s the plan? Earlier this week there were three stories in a row here on Flames Nation, after Joni Ortio was put on waivers, entitled, “Stockton’s goalie situation is really unclear,” “Jonio Ortio clears waivers, likely to be assigned to Stockton Heat,” and finally, “What were the Flames thinking with…

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5 things: College prospect update

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports 1. Methodology It’s time for the first Flames college prospect check-in of the year, and I mostly have good news to report. It’s so far, so good for just about everyone. The reasons why, so far, have been obvious. Points all around for Mark Jankowski, Brandon Hickey, and John…

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5 Things: Don’t give in

1) You want how much? So CalgaryNEXT (or whatever they’re going to end up calling it) was unveiled yesterday with a handy pie chart of the costs and how the tab would be picked up. In the end, the Flames seem to commit $200 million to the project, which conveniently includes a new rink and…

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5 things: In praise of Brad Treliving’s week

1. The Hamilton trade and contract The most reasonable reaction to the Dougie-Hamilton-for-three-draft-picks trade was, “I don’t believe that.” That was a criminally small price to pay for a guy who everyone — including the team that just jettisoned him — agrees is a young “build your team around this guy” defenseman. That he is…

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Revisiting The Value Of Dougie Hamilton

View image | gettyimages.com EDITOR’S NOTE: A couple weeks back, your pal Ryan Lambert wrote this for OilersNation regarding the whole cap situation Boston got itself into, Dougie Hamilton, and a potential for the Oilers to help Boston out. In the wake of today’s events, it’ll probably be either incredibly insightful or incredibly tragic in…

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #4 – Antoine Vermette

Photo Credit: Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports The outcome of the Stanley Cup Final will, in many ways, vindicate Stan Bowman’s decisions at the trade deadline this year. He spent big to get Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen (a combined cost of two second-round picks, a first, and a decent prospect) and hadn’t, for most of…

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5 things: What to do with Hudler?

1. A doubtful re-signing? So there has been a lot of talk about what the Flames are going to do with Jiri Hudler and Mark Giordano this summer, and at least the plan with the latter is obvious: They full intend to re-sign Giordano to what should be the final contract of his NHL career,…

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Top-10 UFA countdown: #10 – Johnny Oduya

Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! If you’re looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a…