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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.

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The Flames face a dilemma with David Rittich

Is anyone going to argue if I were to suggest David Rittich has been Calgary’s best player through the first two months of the season? With December upon us, the Flames are barely a .500 team, but I shudder to think where they’d be without Rittich’s steady, and sometimes outstanding, goaltending. To this point, Rittich…

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How do the Flames start putting the Bill Peters scandal behind them?

Yes, the Calgary Flames are still conducting their investigation into the conduct of current head coach Bill Peters. That investigation is going to wrap up at some point, though, and we presume Peters will cease being Calgary’s coach. Whenever the post-Peters era begins, the Flames have a few things they can do to start putting…

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It’s time to give Elias Lindholm a run at centre

The Flames are mired in an awful slump. They’ve lost six straight, they can’t score, and worst of all, they’re getting nowhere near enough from their most important, and highest paid, players. Calgary’s coaching staff has been resistant to making significant changes to their forward group, and when they have, they’ve rarely stuck for longer…

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Your eye isn’t lying; Johnny Gaudreau is struggling by his standards

The relative struggles of Johnny Gaudreau is one of the biggest stories one quarter of the way through Calgary’s 2019-2020 season. The team’s most dangerous offensive player has looked off to start the season, and it’s not just your eyes. Across the board, Gaudreau’s numbers are down, which is concerning knowing how last year’s postseason…

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The Flames have a decision to make with Mark Jankowski

Fourteen games into the season, the Calgary Flames have made Mark Jankowski a healthy scratch three times, including the last two games in a row. Already linked to a squashed trade over the summer, Jankowski’s spot in the organization was tenuous entering 2019 camp. Due to uninspiring performance his situation hasn’t improved since September and,…

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Elias Lindholm’s move to centre raises three questions

I have long been interested in the prospect of moving Elias Lindholm to centre for a decent stretch of games. Well, that stretch might be upon us. Lindholm played down the middle from start to finish in Saturday’s Heritage Classic in Regina and that trend will continue Tuesday in Carolina, at least to start. It’s…

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Reflecting on the 2011 Heritage Classic

Saturday is the 2019 Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. It marks just the second time the Flames have participated in an NHL outdoor game, with the first being back on Feb. 20, 2011. Calgary won that game 4-0 over the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium…