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FlamesNation player evaluation: Sam Bennett

If there’s one question Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving wishes he had he answer to this off-season, it’s what is Sam Bennett? After five full NHL seasons, and trial periods in basically every situation you could imagine, it’s unclear precisely what Bennett can be or do over an 82-game season. He’s next up in…

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Report: NHL Draft being moved up to October 6 and 7

Good news, everybody! Multiple sources are reporting that the 2020 NHL Draft, originally scheduled for October 9 and 10, has been bumped up by a couple days to October 6 and 7. NHL Draft is being moved ahead a couple of days. First round Oct 6, rest on Oct. 7. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September…

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FlamesNation Mailbag: long weekend edition

The third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is underway! The 2020 NHL Draft and free agency is about a month away. A lot of stuff is going to happen shortly. Let’s check in with the mailbag!

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Mark Giordano

In 2018-19, Mark Giordano won the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top defenseman. In 2019-20, he wasn’t quite as good and had some challengers for the title of best Calgary Flames offensive defenseman. And about time, too, because Giordano turned 36 the week the season began.

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Is spending big on a head coach worth it?

The Calgary Flames have yet to announce the fate of interim head coach Geoff Ward. While we wait, let’s address something that has come up quite a bit on Twitter and in the comments: the Flames’ apparent unwillingness to shell out big bucks for an established NHL head coach.

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Which Hitmen could get drafted this year?

The 2020 edition of the annual NHL Draft is just over a month away. In addition to the usual intrigue about the Calgary Flames and their picks, there’s some mystery surrounding the Calgary Hitmen. The Hitmen have had 10 players selected over the past five drafts: will any Hitmen get drafted this time around? Let’s…

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What do the Flames have in their prospect cupboards?

The 2020 NHL Draft is just five weeks away and the Calgary Flames will likely have selections in six of the seven rounds. As we creep closer to draft weekend, it’s worth looking at what players the Flames have in their prospect cupboards. Here’s a snapshot of the club’s stockpile of players aged 23-and-under (as…

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How NHL loans to European clubs impact Flames prospects

We’ve got good news and bad news for you, hockey fans. The bad news is nobody’s sure when North American hockey will commence for the 2020-21 season. The good news is that seasons are starting to kick off in scenic Europe, particularly in the various Russian leagues. But with Europe starting, NHL clubs are loaning…

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A brief history of the Flames and Gordie Howe hat tricks

Hockey is a wonderfully weird sport, and nothing quite encapsulates the oddness of its lore than the Gordie Howe hat trick. Comprised of a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game, the term was coined in the 1950s but only accomplished by its namesake twice. There have been 59 Gordie Howe hat…

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FlamesNation Mailbag: Another week into the off-season

It’s the end of August and the Calgary Flames have completed an eventful, draining month. They beat the Jets! They lost to Dallas! Matthew Tkachuk suffered from a concussion! Cam Talbot was great! A lot happened and now, we wait for an autumn of potential changes. Onto the mailbag!

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Seth Jarvis

The 2020 NHL Draft will be October 6 & 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Next up on our rundown? Perhaps the ideal first round pick for the Flames,…