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Martin Gelinas returns to Calgary

    When new head coach Bob Hartley went to look for a new member of his coaching staff, he didn’t look very far. On Thursday afternoon, the Calgary Flames officially announced that former NHLer (and former Flame) Martin Gelinas was joining the club as an assistant coach.

Flames 2012 First Round Targets: Jacob Trouba

    Once upon a time, the Calgary Flames used to draft big, mean, Western Canadian defenders. Dion Phaneuf. Matt Pelech. Gord Baldwin. John Negrin. One by one, though, these men were sent away and the Flames adopted a different strategy, drafting mobile, puck-moving defenders like Tim Erixon and T.J. Brodie. (Erixon was also sent…

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Flames 2012 First Round Targets: SEBASTIAN COLLBERG

    If the Flames continue to go for talent and speed over size and brute strength in their drafting, Swedish forward Sebastian Collberg may be right up their alley. Whether or not he’s chosen when they hit the draft podium probably depends on which part of his season the scouts paid attention to.

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Insight into Flames drafting

    I had the opportunity to attend an event on Tuesday night held by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto at the Palliser. The event was part of their Leadership Speakers Series and featured author Jason Farris, who’s also an executive with the Dallas Stars, and Calgary Flames general manager…

More on the Bob Hartley hiring

    The Flames officially unveiled new head coach Bob Hartley on Thursday afternoon. I attended the press conference and have some notes in the aftermath. (More can be found over at The Hockey Writers, especially regarding Troy Ward):

An Important Off-Season for Mitch Wahl

    A lot of ink, digital and otherwise, has been used to describe the changing fortunes of the Calgary Flames at the NHL Entry Draft. For various reasons, the 2008 Draft has been pointed to as the year of the most obvious turn-around. The draft produced several decent prospects who have been able to…

Flames Coaching Contender: Craig Hartsburg

    On Monday afternoon, Ottawa Sun columnist Bruce Garrioch’s Twitter lit up with a seemingly befuddling post. This can’t be true: Craig Hartsburg is a candidate to replace Brent Sutter in Calgary? Seriously? #NHL — Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 28, 2012

Latest at the Hockey Writers: a Flames draft preview

    One year ago, newly-promoted Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster went to the podium at the Xcel Energy Center and pulled a rabbit out of his hat. Drafting 13th overall in the first round, Feaster chose Swiss winger Sven Baertschi. Within the year, Baertschi had dominated the WHL and spent two weeks in…

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Flames Coaching Contender: Mike Sullivan

  In a column in Friday’s Calgary Herald, the venerable George Johnson mentioned that the Flames have been rather mum about the coaching search, theorizing that they’re waiting for the New York Rangers to be bounced from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The reasoning being that Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan It’s not a bad theory.

New Flames Coaching Candidate: Cory Clouston

    In a move that could mean a lot or mean very little for the Flames, the Brandon Wheat Kings announced this morning that they are parting ways with head coach Cory Clouston, who has one year left on his contract with the WHL club.