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What to watch from the Flames on day two in Vancouver

The Flames went through day one of the 2019 NHL Draft in a fairly quiet manner. Calgary didn’t make a trade Friday in Vancouver and ended up using their 26th overall selection on Moncton Wildcats winger Jakob Pelletier. With day two of the draft ready to go, I’ve got three things to watch from the…

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Five things you need to know from Vancouver

The 2019 NHL Draft is upon us and the Calgary Flames have a reputation that precedes them. General manager Brad Treliving has a history of making big splashes at draft weekend, but is that on tap in Vancouver? Calgary selects 26th overall Friday night but some wonder whether that pick is in play. Here’s all…

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Mark Giordano’s journey more than worth it with Norris Trophy win

If you follow the Calgary Flames, you’re very familiar with Mark Giordano’s journey to the NHL. But after being in Las Vegas watching him win the organization’s first ever Norris Trophy, that’s the one thing I kept thinking about. Giordano didn’t travel the typical road to the show, but nothing about Calgary’s captain is typical….

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Sean Monahan: Giordano for Norris a ‘no-brainer’

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan is up for a major NHL award for the first time in his career, but his focus in Las Vegas is anywhere but on himself. Monahan is a finalist for the Lady Byng alongside Florida’s Aleksander Barkov and St. Louis’s Ryan O’Reilly, but he’s far more interested in what happens…

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History suggests Brad Treliving will make a splash at the Draft

If the Calgary Flames make a significant trade at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver and you’re surprised, you probably haven’t been paying attention over the last five years. This will be Brad Treliving’s sixth draft as Calgary’s general manager and he’s forged a reputation for himself. Treliving has made a trade in all five…

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Three options to partner with David Rittich next season

While his contract has yet to be signed, we know David Rittich will make up half of Calgary’s goaltending tandem in 2019-20. What remains to be seen is who will share the Flames’ crease with him for the coming season. Rittich is the team’s best chance at a long-term number one since Miikka Kiprusoff, which…

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Elias Lindholm leads 2019 “Best Of” nods

2018-19 gave Flames fans a lot to feel good about, especially during the regular season. It ended in playoff disappointment, but this past year had plenty of positives to go along with a few glaring negatives. With the season very much in the rearview mirror, we came up with a few “awards” looking back on…

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What should David Rittich’s next contract look like?

David Rittich will be part of a Calgary goaltending tandem next season, that much we know. What we don’t know is what his next contract will look like. Rittich is a pending restricted free agent this summer, which presents an interesting decision for the Flames. They could easily sign Rittich to a one-year “show me”…

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Does Mike Smith fit as part of a tandem?

Pending unrestricted free agent Mike Smith says he’d like to be back with the Flames next season. On the surface, bringing Smith back on a short, affordable deal seems like a viable option, especially with how he performed down the stretch and in the playoffs. Smith would have to be part of a tandem with…

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Moving Elias Lindholm to centre opens up all kinds of options

It’s hard to classify Elias Lindholm’s first season with the Flames as anything but a success. Even with a decline in production down the stretch and into the playoffs, Lindholm was a positive addition and a great fit on the right side of Calgary’s top line. But is he best used on the wing with…

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Calgary’s postseason demise is simple to understand

Calgary’s first round loss to Colorado is one of the more disappointing finishes I can remember in this city. Sure, expectations were sky high after the best regular season in 30 years, but it goes beyond that. The Flames were a shadow of the team they were en route to nailing down the top seed…