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Why are the Flames so good in extra time?

The Calgary Flames did it again Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. Thanks to Michael Frolik’s game winner 78 seconds into extra time, the Flames improved to 3-0 in overtime this season, continuing an impressive trend. Factoring in a pair of shootout wins, Calgary is a perfect five for five in games that go beyond regulation this…

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Why Mark Jankowski should stay in the NHL

Mark Jankowski’s immediate NHL future seems to be the biggest conversation topic among Calgary Flames fans right now. I certainly believe keeping Jankowski in the NHL is the best move for all parties involved, but I can’t tell you I’m overly confident that’ll end up happening. For a variety of different reasons, though, keeping Jankowski…

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The importance of Matthew Tkachuk

If Matthew Tkachuk isn’t the most important member of the Calgary Flames right now, we won’t have to wait too long for that to be the case. About a month shy of his 20th birthday, Tkachuk has already cemented himself as one of the team’s most crucial pieces and doesn’t even have 100 NHL games…

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2016 vs. 2017: The eery similarities to start the season

At 4-4-0, the Calgary Flames are off to a mediocre start, and not just because of their record. Overall, Calgary’s body of work has been underwhelming relative to expectations and the team’s solid second half of last season. The strangest part of all of this, though, is how strangely similar October 2017 is to what…

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How good has Mike Smith been so far?

With a 4-2-0 start to his Calgary Flames career, Mike Smith has been one of the early positives to the 2017-18 season. While still very early, Smith has shown a number of promising trends that should bode well for the Flames if they continue. Not only is Smith personally trending better than he has in…

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Three breakout candidates in 2017-18

Earlier this week we highlighted a trio of Calgary Flames players who had breakout seasons in 2016-17 and the likelihood of history repeating itself. And, for the Flames to have even more success in the coming season, they’re going to need a few more players to come out of their shell. So, let’s delve into…

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Can these three Flames do it again?

Dougie Hamilton, Mikael Backlund, and Micheal Ferland all had breakout performances during the 2016-17 season and were instrumental in getting the Calgary Flames back to the playoffs. But are repeat performances in the cards for this trio? If the answer is yes, the Flames should be in pretty good shape to return to the postseason.

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Is this the last hurrah for a pair of Flames prospects?

Tuesday saw the Calgary Flames assign goaltender Mason McDonald and forward Hunter Smith to Stockton of the American Hockey League as part of a sizeable first round of training camp cuts. Both Smith and McDonald are 2014 second round picks, with the former entering the final year of his entry level deal, and it’s not…

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The biggest developments of the summer (so far)

Its been a busy summer for the Calgary Flames, and it’s not done yet. The Flames still haven’t signed Sam Bennett while some wonder if there is another addition or two to be made before training camp starts. Even with new stories still to come, though, Calgary has made a number of significant decisions this…

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Brett Kulak: Calgary’s ideal #6 defenceman

With Monday’s signing of Brett Kulak, the Calgary Flames likely have all their NHL defenceman signed for the coming season. Kulak signed a one-year, $650,000 deal and enters training camp with his best chance yet to be a full-time NHLer. With their top five set in stone, the Flames have an obvious spot up for…

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Realistic expectations for Sam Bennett in year three

At some point before the start of training camp, the Calgary Flames and Sam Bennett will agree to a new contract. Sure, a deal hasn’t been agreed to as of yet, but I don’t think there’s anything to worry about on that front. Part of what has held discussions up, though, is uncertainty about what…

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Three players looking at reduced roles in 2017-2018

The Calgary Flames have had a very busy offseason as the team tries to take a few steps forward after earning a playoff spot on merit in 2016-17. Thanks to Calgary’s wheeling and dealing this summer, a number of players will be looking at different roles for the coming season. A trio of veterans, specifically,…