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Interesting milestones loom for several Flames in 2019-20

The end of the off-season is rapidly approaching, as we’re mere weeks away from rookie camp opening for the 2019-20 season. When the regular season begins, several members of the Calgary Flames will find themselves on the verge of several franchise milestones.

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Four ways the Flames could replace Juuso Valimaki

The Calgary Flames will be without one of the top young defensemen for awhile, as Juuso Valimaki will be undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. With Valimaki out indefinitely, the challenge for general manager Brad Treliving is replacing him.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #11 Ilya Nikolayev

You could be forgiven if thought the Calgary Flames forgot Russia. Forward Ilya Nikolayev, their third round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft, was their first pick out of a Russian league since Rushan Rafikov in 2013. The club hasn’t had a Russian-born player dress for them since Andrei Zyuzin in 2006-07. But Nikolayev, a…

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Brad Treliving isn’t afraid to wait to re-sign RFAs

If Brad Treliving was anything like he is now back when he was in school, he probably pretended not to hear his teachers say “pencils down” at the end of exams. As general manager of the Calgary Flames, he’s frequently stated he doesn’t need to have everybody signed until the season begins and his actions…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #13 Eetu Tuulola

It’s rare for players taken late in the NHL Draft to amount to very much. But as 2016 Flames sixth round selection Eetu Tuulola proclaimed after he was selected: all things are possible in this life. After several years of progression and a couple productive years in Finland, Tuulola is bound for North America for…

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Valimaki’s injury adds complications going forward

Calgary Flames super prospect Juuso Valimaki is going to miss a lot of time after suffering an ACL injury during off-season training. Not only will the Flames be without the services of one of their most exciting prospects, but his injury brings along with it a few complications for the club going into the season.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #16 Artyom Zagidulin

For the first time since Andrei Trefilov, the Calgary Flames have a Russian goaltender under contract. The club signed free agent netminder Artyom Zagidulin to a one year contract this past spring. Can Zagidulin translate his impressive Russian performances? Based on his sheer potential, Zagidulin is our 16th-ranked prospect in the Flames system.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #17 Carl-Johan Lerby

In addition to rooting through Swedish junior leagues looking for talent, the Calgary Flames have also been digging through Swedish pro leagues. They managed to land defenseman Carl-Johan Lerby to a two year free agent contract, though he’ll be in Sweden on loan for the first year of his contract. Lerby is our 17th-ranked prospect…

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Flames are hoping their goalies bring them value in 2019-20

For essentially all of Brad Treliving’s tenure with the Calgary Flames, his club has struggled to find stability in net. Several netminders have come and gone, and they still don’t have a definitive top goaltender. But heading into 2019-20, the Flames may be in a position where they can get some serious value from their…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #18 Linus Lindstrom

Back in 2016, the Calgary Flames drafted impressive two-way Swedish center Linus Lindstrom. While Lindstrom’s progression hasn’t been rapid or immediate, he’s quietly been rounding out his game in one of the best leagues in the world. Lindstrom is 18th on our 2019 ranking of Flames prospects.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #20 Lucas Feuk

The Calgary Flames have a lengthy tradition of drafting and developing Swedish players, dating back to the likes of Kent Nilsson and Hakan Loob. While it’s way too early to tell if 2019 NHL Draft selection Lucas Feuk will be anything close to his predecessors, he’s already built up some buzz in the scouting world….