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Gillies, Andersson lead the way of likely trade assets

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Flames general manager Brad Treliving has made it no secret he’d like to add to his forward group, if possible. Assuming Calgary is looking to supplement without removing anything from their current roster, the conversation becomes one about organizational assets. The problem is, the Flames have depleted those resources…

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Don’t wait to sign Matthew Tkachuk

While Mikael Backlund’s potential extension seems to be dominating most of the contract conversation right now, there’s another pending deal that should be registering just as important. Matthew Tkachuk is eligible to sign his second NHL contract on July 1 and, for numerous reasons, there’s no reason for things to drag on much longer than…

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Calgary’s best value contracts: 2018

Mikael Backlund has some competition for the claim of Calgary’s best value contract. After being bestowed the honour the last two years, Backlund’s three-peat is in danger thanks to the emergence of a new contender this season. I won’t lie, narrowing this to a top three was more difficult this year than in the past,…

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Kulak leads the pack forging everyday NHL careers

More than halfway through this season, Brett Kulak looks like an NHLer. He leads a group of four Flames players who all started the season having never been NHL regulars, yet are now knocking on the door to full-time work. It’s a credit to Calgary’s organizational depth and, if things continue in a similar manner,…

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Which Flames would be Olympic bound?

One of my favourite parts of an Olympic year the past five occasions has been discussing and debating the composition of each country’s roster. The NHL isn’t going to South Korea in February, which we all have different opinions on. In saying that, though, I count at least four Flames players who would have gotten…

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The top 5 Flames moments of 2017

Writing the annual “top moments” of any given calendar year might be the most fun I have on this site. It’s cool to revisit different moments from January through December, and 2017 was no different for the Flames. The only unfortunate part of this year’s countdown is the complete void of positive playoff moments, but…

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Another 2017 Calgary Flames Christmas wish list

If you’re celebrating this weekend, the FlamesNation crew would love to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Things haven’t been perfect in Flames land through the first three months of the season, so to get into the holiday spirit, I thought I’d present a spin on a somewhat annual tradition. From a legend’s health to…

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Are the Flames poised to go on a run?

How do the Calgary Flames put together a really good run? When I asked that question to head coach Glen Gulutzan earlier this week, his response was rather glib: “We need to win some games in a row.” While completely accurate, I’m interested in how that actually starts to happen, because there are plenty of…

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Jaromir Jagr, for better or worse

It feels like there’s a split opinion on Jaromir Jagr’s tenure with the Calgary Flames thus far. I feel like I get as much “they’re better without him” feedback as I do “they need him in the lineup”, so I thought I’d dig a little deeper. My opinion has always been the latter, and a…

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3 positive trends two months in

Two months into the 2017-18 season, there are two glaringly obvious positives for the Calgary Flames: Mike Smith and the play of the number one line. While there are certainly things to be wary of, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see a few more positives beyond just their starting goaltender and top scoring…

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Calgary needs more from their third line

I’m not breaking any news when I say the Calgary Flames are in dire need of more scoring from their bottom six forwards. Calgary’s biggest issue right now is their third line, because it’s being given every opportunity to succeed with very mediocre results. If things don’t start improving, the Flames might have no choice…