FlamesNation player evaluation: Michael Stone

Seeking to plug a hole in his lineup, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving acquired Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes prior to the 2017 trade deadline. In concert with adding Matt Bartkowski, Stone’s addition displaced Dennis Wideman and Jyrki Jokipakka and helped solidify the team’s blueline – and probably got the Flames into the…


Backlund wins gold, Gaudreau nets bronze at Worlds

On a shockingly busy Sunday in the hockey world – with international action coinciding with the Western Conference Final and Memorial Cup round robin – the 2018 edition of the IIHF World Hockey Championship was capped off in Copenhagen, Denmark. A pair of prominent Calgary Flames forwards left the event with some hardware, including one…


FlamesNation player evaluation: Travis Hamonic

Arguably the biggest move of the 2017 offseason among the entire National Hockey League was made by the Calgary Flames when they acquired Travis Hamonic at the 2017 NHL Draft. The draft floor was abuzz, and Hamonic’s arrival automatically heralded the opening of the Flames’ window of contention. Expectations were high for the Manitoba product……


FlamesNation player evaluation: Matt Stajan

Matt Stajan played out the final year of his contract in 2017-18, potentially spelling the end of his nine-year stint with the Calgary Flames. While he ably filled the role of fourth line center – with a fairly hefty cap hit given that role – his bigger impact on the club was arguably felt as…


The Flames are looking for bargains at the 2018 NHL Draft

The 2018 National Hockey League entry draft will not be business as usual for the Calgary Flames. Because of some wheeling and dealing at last year’s draft in Chicago (which included acquiring Travis Hamonic), the Flames head to Dallas for this year’s event in a position they’ve been in only three times: they don’t have…


FlamesNation player evaluation: Johnny Gaudreau

It probably goes without saying that Johnny Gaudreau is a really good hockey player. In seven short years he’s progressed from “lost child the Flames drafted in the fourth round” to “really good college player everyone hopes signs here” to “one of the NHL’s leading scorers.” His evolution has been almost uncanny, in that almost…


FlamesNation player evaluation: Mikael Backlund

Mikael Backlund is a reliable hockey player. The product of Vasteras, Sweden has become a foundational piece of the Calgary Flames lineup over the past half-decade, rising from being a fourth liner in the early days of Bob Hartley’s tenure to a consistent name in Selke Trophy conversations. The 2017-18 campaign saw Backlund take a…


The Flames have some free agent decisions to make

The 2017-18 season has come and gone for the Calgary Flames. Now that the season is complete, several players are on expiring contracts. Between restricted, unrestricted and draft-related free agents, Flames management has to make decisions on 24 players over the next several months. We’ve taken our crack at making the decisions for them.


Handicapping the Flames assistant coaching contenders

The Calgary Flames have a new head coach, as Bill Peters will step behind the bench to begin the 2018-19 season. But the Flames still have a couple job openings to fill, as they still need to hire a pair of assistant coaches to work with Peters. We’ve dug into the nooks and crannies of…


What to watch at the World Hockey Championship

The Stanley Cup playoffs are going on, but the Calgary Flames aren’t playing in them. But before the crushing disappointment creeps back into your heart, consider an alternative: the 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championship. The tournament begins today in Denmark. Here are a few Flames-related things to hold your attention over the next few weeks.


The China trip will have a few impacts on the preseason

The Calgary Flames are headed to China! The Flames announced yesterday that they’ll be playing a pair of preseason games with the Boston Bruins: Sept. 15 in Shenzhen and Sept. 19 in Beijing. But based on what happened with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings with their Chinese excursion last season, we can project…


The Flames are entering a crucial three-year period

It’s already been a noteworthy summer for the Calgary Flames, as they’ve transitioned from Glen Gulutzan to Bill Peters as head coach. But that move is just a part of what’s likely destined to be a massively important three-year period for the Flames franchise – one that will probably determine the trajectory of the team…