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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.

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The Curious Case of Tod Button

    Among the more interesting mysteries surrounding the modern Calgary Flames can be found in its scouting ranks. Originally hired as an amateur scout in the summer of 1997 by then-general manager Al Coates, Tod Button soon moved up the ranks and became the head of Flames scouting in the fall of 2001. By…

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Why the Flames should hire Troy Ward

    When the Calgary Flames announced that they were parting ways with head coach Brent Sutter, the hockey world was abuzz with speculation regarding what highly-touted coach would take over the job. Shockingly, among the names brought up was one that I was oddly familiar with from my two years covering the team –…

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The playoffs as a development tool

    Around this time of year there’s a fairly large contingent of my friends and family who ask me the same thing – I often bring up the success of Flames prospects in their respective league playoffs (as the big club isn’t involved anymore) – and am met with a blank stare, followed by…

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Handicapping the Flames coaching candidates

      Possibly the biggest question mark in this off-season regards the eventual hiring of a new head coach. For fans wringing their hands over the prospect of the Flames finally entering a post-Sutter era and hoping for a definitive split from the past coaching and management philosophies, which coach is brought in is…