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A brief history of the Flames drafting goalies

If you’ve read FlamesNation since its inception, you’re undoubtedly familiar with one simple drafting philosophy our staff has trumpeted for over a decade: never take goalies early. It’s nothing against the goalies expected to go early in each year’s draft – we’re pretty sure that Jesper Wallstedt and Sebastian Cossa are fine prospects and will…

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Is it okay to be excited about Dustin Wolf?

Since entering the National Hockey League in 1972 (in Atlanta), the Calgary Flames have drafted 39 goaltenders. So far, just five have made it to the NHL and played over 200 games – the most recent was 2002 sixth round pick Curtis McElhinney. After putting a bow on a really impressive major junior career with…

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2021 Flames First Round Targets: Dylan Guenther

The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft will take place on July 23. Following the results of the draft lottery, the Flames hold the 12th overall selection and will have a chance to add a high-end prospect to their organization.

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Report: Nikita Nesterov signs with KHL’s CSKA Moscow

According to a report out of Russia, a pending unrestricted free agent of the Calgary Flames is headed to Europe for the 2021-22 season. Metaratings is reporting that defenseman Nikita Nesterov has signed a one year contract with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Arena construction will likely be delayed

Friends, we have a little bit of arena news courtesy of our friends at CBC Calgary, and it’s disappointing but not surprising news. According to a story from the CBC, the beginning of construction – originally set for August 1 – will likely not start on that date.

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How have Calgary’s special teams been under Brad Treliving?

The current era of Calgary Flames hockey began in 2014, when Brad Treliving was hired as general manager. Since then, the club has had a bunch of different coaches – both head and assistant – running the show. With even strength play very even throughout the league, special teams can make a huge difference. How…

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Alexander Yelesin signs with KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Continuing a bit of a churn of the Calgary Flames’ depth group this off-season, sources have confirmed to FlamesNation that defenseman Alexander Yelesin has signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League. Championat in Russia first reported on Yelesin’s potential move back to his home country back in May and earlier this month. Yelesin…

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Dillon Dube was productive in a very uneven season (2021 year in review)

Folks, playing in the National Hockey League can be really tough. As a young player, figuring out how to perform at a high level consistently isn’t something everyone can do right away. In his first full NHL season, and third year of pro hockey, Dillon Dube found himself challenged by consistency and a role that…

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Dustin Wolf named WHL’s goaltender of the year (again)

For the second consecutive season, a Calgary Flames prospect has been named the top goaltender in the Western Hockey League. Everett Silvertips netminder Dustin Wolf received the honour for the second season in a row, edging out fellow finalists Sebastian Cossa (Edmonton), Trent Miner (Vancouver) and Nolan Maier (Saskatoon).

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The expansion dilemma: retain veteran leadership or gain cap flexibility?

A few days ago, we delved into expansion draft history to figure out what it could cost to deter the Seattle Kraken from claiming Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano in the upcoming expansion draft. The basic underlying premise behind sending assets to Seattle to safeguard Giordano is that the Flames value Giordano’s skill, leadership and…