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The top five Calgary Flames moments of 2021

For a variety of reasons, our annual countdown of the top five Flames moments was as difficult to come up with as I can remember. Much like it was around the world, 2021 was a messed up year for Calgary. For instance, their 56-game season was a nightmare and they had a COVID shutdown for…

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Four questions facing the Flames coming out of their pause

The Flames are finally back. After four days of practice, Calgary is set to return to action Thursday in Seattle. A lot has happened since their last game on Dec. 11, but here’s a refresher. The Flames have lost four straight. They’ve missed six games with a seventh coming up. And Calgary no longer sits…

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The 2021 Flames Christmas Wish List

Knowing what the Flames have gone through the last two weeks, our number one wish is everyone comes out of COVID protocol recovered and healthy. We’re hoping to see Calgary back on the ice after Christmas, but before that we’ve got a few on-ice wishes to get to. Merry Christmas if you celebrate and be…

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Elias Lindholm belongs in the Selke Trophy conversation

Perhaps the search is over. The Flames have been looking for a true number one centre since trading Joe Nieuwendyk to Dallas more than 25 years ago. Well, two months into this season, Elias Lindholm has been one of the NHL’s best centres driving one of the NHL’s best lines. It’s early, but Lindholm’s play…

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Calgary Flames should be well represented in Beijing

The 2022 Winter Olympics in China will have more of a Calgary flavour than we’re typically used to. The Flames will almost certainly have multiple players representing the United States and Sweden, while Andrew Mangiapane’s Team Canada case continues to grow. Up to 15 players could be in consideration to participate in Beijing and a…

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Oliver Kylington is one of Calgary’s biggest surprises in years

I can’t remember being more floored by a player’s emergence than I have with Oliver Kylington’s this season. Kylington has been one of Calgary’s most important players through 16 games and I didn’t see it coming in any way, shape, or form. I’m wrong a lot in my line of work; it goes with the territory….

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An elite top line leads the list of early season Flames takeaways

There are numerous reasons Calgary is off to their best start in 20 years, but it’s hard to look past the performance of their top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk. The Flames are already a tenth of the way through the year and fully deserve their 6-1-1 record. It’s early, but…

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Putting Johnny Gaudreau’s 500 points (and counting) into perspective

With a pair of assists over the weekend, Johnny Gaudreau became the tenth player in Flames franchise history to record 500 points with the organization. It was a cool moment for Johnny even as his future as a pending unrestricted free agent remains uncertain. While there is significant debate on where Calgary and Gaudreau should…

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Flames defensive play under Darryl Sutter is as expected early on

Of the many things said about the Flames over the last five months, one is ringing very true in the early stages of this season: they’re not going to allow much. That statement became true almost immediately upon Darryl Sutter taking over last year, and it doesn’t look like much has changed through three games…