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Flames Weekend Guide, October 18 2012

    There’s a whole lotta hockey going on this weekend at various levels of play, and a great deal of it has relevance for Calgary Flames fans. For the benefit of those who would like to watch, listen or otherwise follow these games, here’s a quick glimpse at what’s on tap this weekend.

Flames Prospect Update, October 15 2012

  I don’t know about you, but I spent my weekend watching hockey. The Abbotsford Heat returned to action following a fairly successful 2011-12 campaign. The Western Hockey League continued to provide fun games. Heck, the NCAA finally returned and we got a fleeting glimpse of The Big Jankowski against grown men. Also, the lockout…

Latest at the Hockey Writers: a chat with Heat coach Troy G. Ward

  A year ago, veteran minor league coach Troy G. Ward inherited the position of head coach of the Abbotsford Heat from departing bench boss Jim Playfair. An assistant for one year with the Heat under Playfair, Ward gained a bit of familiarity with the club and its players and set right to work developing…

Flames Prospect News Round-Up, October 10 2012

    Another week, another reminder that the National Hockey League is still locked out. But don’t despair, as the Flames best and brightest prospects are starting their regular seasons – albeit in the American Hockey League or the Hockey East conference of the NCAA. All this and more in this week’s news round-up!

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Flames News Round-Up, October 3 2012

    The NHL is still on lockout, but our lives aren’t quite as empty as they could be. No, friends, because there are still Flames-related items to discuss. So, in-between sobbing openly about cancelled games and catching up on Breaking Bad or the Wire, check out this quick rundown of how players are doing.

Leland Irving joins Heat on a try-out

    The Abbotsford Heat announced this morning that goaltender Leland Irving has been added to the club’s training camp roster. The Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall reported on Twitter that Irving has signed a professional try-out agreement with the the AHL club.

Meet the Heat: Who the heck are these guys?

    On Friday, the closest thing that we’ll get to a Calgary Flames training camp kicks off. But it won’t be in Calgary. Instead, it’s far, far away in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as the Abbotsford Heat begin camp for the 2012-13 season. But who, exactly, are these guys? Most of them are Flames draft…

The lockout roster shuffle begins

With the National Hockey League officially locking out its players on Saturday, fans are now into the wacky, confusing period where players are looking for places to play. For some, they can head down to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat or their junior clubs to ply their trade. For others, Europe is the option. Others may…

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Flames News Round-Up, September 12 2012

    It’s only three days until the collective bargaining agreement expires! Nevertheless, there are a lot of things to discuss in short-order! Waiver news, Euro seasons beginning and a (as of right now irrelevant) TV schedule!

2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Dennis Wideman

    Outside of bringing in Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka to the organization, arguably the most important addition to the Calgary Flames this summer was Dennis Wideman. In fact, he may be more crucial to the success of the club than any of the new forwards. To be blunt, the Flames got very little…

2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Mikael Backlund

    If there’s one Flames player waiting eagerly for the CBA talks to culminate and get back onto the ice, it’s Mikael Backlund. There may be nobody else on the roster – not Roman Cervenka, not Sven Baertschi, not anybody else – with as much to prove as Backlund.

Icons, trades and the ghost of 2004

    Our own Nation overlord Kent Wilson recently contributed to Puck Daddy’s Essentials project, listing the essential moments, players and other details about the Calgary Flames. While Kent’s choice of the acquisition of Jarome Iginla from the Dallas Stars was a pretty good one, I found myself thinking back to 1999.