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Taking care of business: The Flames and the NHL Draft

When the Flames arrive in Dallas later this week for the 2018 NHL Draft, they’ll do so with a reputation to uphold. This will be general manager Brad Treliving’s fifth draft and his resume is chock full of wheeling and dealing on the draft floor. Treliving has made at least one trade in all four…

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Can the Flames get back into the first round?

The question above is the one many will be asking about Calgary as they head into the 2018 NHL Draft later this month. You can also ask the same question about the second round…and the third round. Yep, as it stands right now, the Flames don’t pick until the fourth round, 105th overall, and would…

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Is there a Flames future for Matt Stajan or Kris Versteeg?

Matt Stajan and Kris Versteeg find themselves in very similar situations this summer. Both veteran forwards are pending unrestricted free agents and both face uncertain futures with the Flames. It’s unlikely Calgary will re-sign both players, but you can make a case for one of the two returning on an affordable contract. Who’s case is…

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It’s time to reward Brett Kulak with a one-way deal

Brett Kulak is a really good development success story for the Flames. Once thought of as somewhat of a “project”, the 2012 fourth round pick is coming off his first season spent entirely in the NHL. At 24, Kulak has proven he belongs in the NHL full-time as he heads into summer contract negotiations. As…

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There’s lots to like about Ryan Huska’s AHL tenure

Speculation suggests there’s a decent chance the Flames will add Ryan Huska to Bill Peters’ coaching staff in the near future. Knowing that, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at Huska’s tenure with the organization. In his four years as head coach of Calgary’s American League affiliate, Huska’s work…

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Calgary’s biggest RFA question is in net

Neither David Rittich nor Jon Gillies are under contract for next season, which poses a very interesting question for the Flames this summer. Both pending RFAs, Rittich and Gillies had positive moments last season mixed with some real struggles. As such, neither have proven the ability to enter “heir apparent” territory, bringing us to our…

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John Tavares to the Flames makes more sense than you might think

Expect the Calgary Flames to make a strong push for John Tavares this summer. With every passing day, it seems less likely Tavares will be back with the New York Islanders next season, which would make him the most coveted potential free agent in years. While Tavares joining the Flames may seem like a pipe…

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A critical look at Glen Gulutzan’s tenure

To say Glen Gulutzan’s tenure as head coach of the Flames was an abject failure would be false. After taking a balanced look at his two seasons behind Calgary’s bench, my belief is he did more good for the team than not. I’m not saying there’s nothing to be critical of, but when looking at…

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With new coach in place, Treliving’s work just beginning

Bill Peters is Calgary’s new head coach, which puts to bed one major offseason question. However, if the Flames are hoping a coaching change is the magic elixir to cure all that ailed them last season, they’re almost certainly fooling themselves. Calgary has a lot to address this summer and, with Peters in place, general…

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Glen Gulutzan’s future highlights top five off-season storylines

The Flames cleared out their lockers and went in separate directions more than a week ago, but those of us on the outside are still left with numerous questions about this team’s future. There’s no doubt the fate of Glen Gulutzan’s coaching staff is the number one off-season story to watch, but it’s not the…

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Giordano and Hamilton head and shoulders above the rest

With so much negativity surrounding the Flames currently, here’s a positive for you: this team’s top pairing is having another stellar season. After going through our report card exercise at forward earlier this month, our look at the blueline is a little more stark. Calgary’s top pairing has been very good, but the drop off…

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Dismal home record, powerplay woes lead the way in 2017-18 failure

Why are the Flames missing the playoffs this season? It’s a question seemingly everyone has an opinion on, and most of those thoughts are probably accurate in some form or another. In putting together my top five reasons, two stand out from the rest: their inability to win at home and a painstakingly inept powerplay….