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Calgary’s new top line headlines early season takeaways

After starting with three games in five nights, the Flames are in the midst of their longest break of the season. Calgary doesn’t play again until Sunday afternoon’s marquee matchup with Toronto, which gives us a good window to dive into some early season observations. At 2-0-1, the Flames are off to a nice start,…

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The top five Calgary Flames moments of 2020

Despite only having three full months of hockey to draw from over the last 365 days, coming up with a top five list from the last calendar year was surprisingly easy. The resurgence of the Battle of Alberta features heavily in our top five moments of 2020, but which game ends up number one? Let’s…

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Calgary’s blueline cracks the North Division top tier

A deep and reliable blueline has been a strength of the Flames in recent years, and that should remain true for the coming 2020-2021 season. Calgary has reshaped their defence over the offseason and there are a few important questions to be answered as a result. That said, I still have the Flames near the…

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Calgary’s goaltending among the best in a Canadian division

An all-Canadian division is a certainty if/when the next NHL season starts in mid-January. With at least nine games against each team, and with moves we’ve seen over the offseason, a Canadian division has the potential to be as tight and hotly contested as any in recent memory. So how do the Flames stack up…

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How should the Flames handle retired jerseys going forward?

This topic popped up out of nowhere on a radio segment last week (skip to about 1:42:50) when I asked: what jersey should the Flames retire next? It’s a fun question that became a whole lot more relevant when Calgary retired Jarome Iginla’s #12 in March 2019. Theoren Fleury and Miikka Kiprusoff are easy, deserving…

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The Flames should investigate moving Sam Bennett to centre

Flames head coach Geoff Ward raised some eyebrows this week when answering a question about forward Sam Bennett. Asked on Sportsnet 960 radio where he sees Bennett playing next season, Ward replied simply: “centre…nothing more to add.” After his performance down the middle during the post-season, you can understand why Ward is intrigued. But moving…

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2019-20 Flames Report Cards: The top six

It was a strange year for Calgary’s most important forwards. Four of the team’s top six had strong years, led by another huge step forward from Matthew Tkachuk. Unfortunately, two forwards continued their struggles from the back half of the prior season in a big way: Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. As we continue our…

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2019-20 Flames Report Cards: Defence

With the NHL in a holding pattern until the floating start of next season, let’s start evaluating the 2019-20 season position by position. Today we’ll jump in on the blueline and grade the four players currently under team control that spent significant time with the Flames last year. While the marks aren’t as strong as…

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Noah Hanifin’s role with the Flames more important than ever

The Flames are in the midst of a blueline overhaul and are short on cap space. For both reasons, it’s not uncommon to hear Noah Hanifin’s name tossed around in trade speculation these days. The way I see it, though, Hanifin enters next season in an important position on the depth chart. I’d go as…