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FlamesNation mailbag: back from the break

The All-Star Break is over. Teams are hitting the practice ice and preparing for the resumption of regular season hostilities as they trudge towards the trade deadline. Let’s crack open the mailbag!

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Flames recall Buddy Robinson from Stockton

The All-Star Break is over and the Calgary Flames have decided to use their extra roster spot. The club has announced that they’ve called up forward Buddy Robinson from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

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Flames goalie draft picks: a retrospective (of misery)

Since 2013, the Calgary Flames have used 12 different goaltenders that they’ve acquired from outside of their developmental system. The big reason for that is, to be blunt, they’ve been really horrible at drafting and developing goaltenders since basically forever.

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Flames lead Pacific Division to All-Star triumph

Well, that was fun. Led by performances by Calgary Flames representatives Matthew Tkachuk, David Rittich and Mark Giordano, the Pacific Division won the annual All-Star Game three-on-three tournament and captured a $1 million prize.

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FGD: The All-Star Game (6pm MT, CBC)

Are you ready for a few hours of goofy fun? The 2020 NHL All-Star Game goes tonight in St. Louis, with teams representing the NHL’s four divisions going head to head (to head to head) in three on three competition to determine who wants to split a million dollars. The festivities begin at 6 p.m….

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Stockton’s Russian trio helping fuel their success

The Stockton Heat lost 4-3 in overtime on Friday night, finishing off their schedule prior to the American Hockey League’s All-Star Break. The Heat head into the break third overall in the AHL by points percentage. One of the things that has worked for the Heat this season has been their influx of Russian players.

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PHWA announces mid-season awards

The Professional Hockey Writers Association, of which I’m a member, released its 2020 mid-season awards earlier this week. While no Calgary Flames placed in the top three in any voting, since I participated in the awards it’s probably worth a chuckle to break the results down a bit.

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Hitmen Report: the in-between time

The Calgary Hitmen are marching their way towards the Western Hockey League playoffs. They can’t really move up or down in the standings, so the next few weeks will be challenging as they try to get into playoff form without a ton at stake in their games.

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Glenn Gawdin and Luke Philp: the under-estimated prospects

As we’re looked back on last summer’s Top 20 Prospect Rankings, you might notice a pair of prominent Stockton Heat players that weren’t mentioned. Two of the top scorers in the American Hockey League – Glenn Gawdin and Luke Philp – didn’t crack the list. That was our bad. Here’s why they weren’t on the…

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Young Stars Classic rookie tournament (finally) returns in 2020

The beginning of autumn and the onset of National Hockey League camps were once heralded by the annual Young Stars Classic rookie tournament in scenic Penticton, British Columbia. Well, the tournament is coming back and the Calgary Flames will be a part of it in Sept. 2020.

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Revisiting our Top 20 prospect rankings at mid-season

Every August, here at FlamesNation we put together our Top 20 prospects rankings. Now that we’re well into the 2019-20 hockey calendar, at every level, let’s take a look at how the players in our Top 20 are faring so far this season