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Post-Sim Wrap-Up: Flames beat Islanders 8-5

The National Hockey League season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. But while we wait for the season to hopefully resume, we can’t help but wonder: what if the season was still going? So we’re using EA Sports’ NHL 20 to simulate games. First up? The March 12 meeting between the Flames and the…

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Top Prospect Contender: Jakob Pelletier

In a way, Jakob Pelletier both benefits from and is hurt by recency bias as a prospect. The team’s most recent first round selection, he’s the shiny new toy. He had a really good post-draft season, playing key minutes on one of junior hockey’s best teams. But coming after the likes of Sean Monahan, Matthew…

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Top Prospect Contender: Glenn Gawdin

You could be forgiven if you aren’t terribly excited about Glenn Gawdin as a prospect. If you look at his hockey history, he’s always been a player with tons of intangibles but questionable high-end skill. But on the back of three really strong seasons of growth, he was quietly the most important player for the…

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Flames have some prospect decisions to make

While some truly awful stuff swirls in the world at large, the hockey world keeps puttering along. The Calgary Flames have conducted some business with a pair of college signings. But they also have some looming prospect decisions to make as spring begins to turn into summer.

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Who is the Flames top prospect?

Over the past few seasons, two things have happened to the Calgary Flames fairly regularly. They’ve drafted well and have usually had a standout prospect. But they’ve also regularly graduated their top kids to the National Hockey League level fairly rapidly.

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WHL has first player granted ‘exceptional status’

History was made earlier this week as for the first time in its history, the Western Hockey League has had a player granted exceptional status. 15-year-old forward Connor Bedard, a British Columbia product, received the designation from Hockey Canada.

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What would summer playoff hockey look like?

The National Hockey League has had a few conference calls over the past few days, updating both the Board of Governors and the general managers about the ongoing pause in the 2019-20 season related to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s beginning to look a lot like we may be looking at Stanley Cup playoff hockey… in…

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Colton Poolman named NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year

One of the two newest Calgary Flames has earned some hardware from his final collegiate season. Blueliner Colton Poolman – officially signed by the Flames last week – has been named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Defensive Defenseman of the Year.

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Whatever happened to the original Atlanta Flames?

Way, way back in the 1970s, the Flames franchise was merely a notion. The National Hockey League approved a pair of franchises – to play in Long Island and Atlanta – to counter the growth of the rival World Hockey Association. On June 6, 1972, rookie general manager Cliff Fletcher and his crew hunkered down…

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CHL cancels playoffs and Memorial Cup

As the coronavirus restrictions continue, we have some bad news sports fans. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Canadian Hockey League – the organizing body for the three major junior leagues in Canada – is expected to cancel the playoffs for major junior hockey as well as the 2020 Memorial Cup. (Update: they have indeed…

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Flames have mixed results with college free agents

We had actual hockey news last week as the Calgary Flames landed a pair of coveted college free agents. Connor Mackey and Colton Poolman are the two newest Flames. Since Brad Treliving has been Flames general manager, though, the Flames haven’t had amazing results with college signings.