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Calgary’s best value contracts: 2020

When I targeted mid-March for our annual countdown of Calgary’s best value contracts, I didn’t think it would encapsulate the entire body of work for the season. As we find ourselves in the strangest of times, though, that’s very likely going to be the case. So, in the spirit of faking normalcy, let’s see if…

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Mikael Backlund’s reemergence massive for the Flames down the stretch

Mikael Backlund might be playing the best hockey of his career right now. If he’s not, Backlund is unquestionably playing his best hockey of the season. As Calgary’s playoff push continues, Backlund’s return to being a two-way force might be the team’s biggest recent development. If this is the norm down the stretch, a second…

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Analyzing Calgary’s stretch drive and playoff push

The trade deadline has come and gone, which leaves the Flames have 18 games to determine exactly who and what they are. In a year plagued with inconsistency, Calgary holds down a playoff spot with just over a month to go. Now that they know who’s staying and who’s going, let’s dive into the stretch…

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Austin Czarnik presents intriguing post-deadline option for Calgary

Don’t forget about Austin Czarnik. We haven’t seen the 27-year-old forward at the NHL level since he sustained a high ankle sprain in a game against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 24. After two months of recovery, Czarnik has been tearing up the American League ever since and could help fill the team’s lack of…

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Trio of core pieces in the spotlight as Flames return from break

When the Flames return from break on Tuesday night, there won’t be a bigger story than the performance of three core pieces down the stretch: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mark Giordano. All three have performed well below expectations this season, which has Calgary in a tenuous playoff position, at best. An uptick from this…

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Juuso Valimaki’s status impacts Calgary’s trade deadline approach

Juuso Valimaki hasn’t played a game this season. Knowing the serious injury he sustained in August, there’s a decent chance Valimaki won’t see NHL action again until September. The situation is fluid, though, which means home remains Valimaki could yet be an option for Calgary between now and April. What the Flames decide for Valimaki…

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The Flames are in a good spot between the pipes

It has been a long time since the Flames could feel as good as they do about their goaltending situation this late in the season. Well past the halfway point, both David Rittich and Cam Talbot have routinely given Calgary a chance to win games. With 33 games to go, head coach Geoff Ward is…

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The top five Calgary Flames moments of 2019

We’ve been doing this top five countdown for years at Flames Nation. Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with five “highlight” moments in a single calendar year, but 2019 was not one of those instances. Both on the ice and off, the last 365 days have given Flames fans plenty of memorable moments. Sure, 2019…

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Brad Treliving leads the 2019 Flames Christmas Wishlist

It’s that time of year again. Calgary enters the 2019 Christmas break well behind pace from one year ago, but we’ve seen signs of improvement over the last month. With Christmas upon us, general manager Brad Treliving leads the list of Flames names on Santa’a list of goodies.