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Flames still looking to develop identity

Now in the second quarter of the season, the Calgary Flames are still next to impossible to figure out. Built around their defence, which was predicted in the preseason to be among the very best units in the league, they’re actually among the worst in keeping shots away from one of their key offseason acquisitions…

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NHL gets it wrong with Tkachuk suspension

Only Matthew Tkachuk could get suspended for being Matthew Tkachuk. Seriously, that’s what the long-awaited video from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety essentially admitted with one of its most anticipated releases in recent memory. We got it just before the stroke of midnight at NHL headquarters, eight hours after a phone hearing with Tkachuk…

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Hands off the panic button: The Flames are going to be fine

This might not come as hard-hitting news, but here it is anyway: People in sports tend to overreact. To Everything. I still remember the night Jarome Iginla got hurt during a game in town when I was still a Calgary Sun beat writer. The panic was instant. The game became meaningless. The story numbers shot…

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Flames handling Bennett the right way: patiently and quietly

Give the Calgary Flames some credit. They’ve somewhat silently and painlessly accomplished something that could have become a giant player development problem. By summoning Mark Jankowski from the AHL to replace the injured Jaromir Jagr, GM Brad Treliving and head coach Glen Gulutzan were able to bump Sam Bennett to the wing without telling him…

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The Jagr Effect: More than just his impact on the ice

One day very soon, Jaromir Jagr will play his first game as a member of the Calgary Flames. He says he wants to practise a while before suiting up. Perhaps that will be alongside Sam Bennett and Kris Versteeg on the third line. Maybe he’ll get some looks on the first team powerplay. In his…

Five Things That Could Cost The Flames A Playoff Berth

View image | gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames are a playoff* team. Did you notice the asterisk? The loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night served as a reminder to fans of the overachieving local heroes that they can’t afford to play bad games very often. They’re a playoff team by virtue of their current…

Ortio’s Long Road to The NHL Paved With Bumps and Believers

View image | gettyimages.com His successful and headline-grabbing recent stint in Calgary might have taken some people by surprise, but a couple of the first Flames coaches to work directly with Joni Ortio could see signs of this as a possible outcome years ago. Jamie McLennan was director of goaltender development for the Flames in…

Flames Brass Facing Risk Management Decisions

View image | gettyimages.com They’re not quite there yet, but the Calgary Flames are heading toward a pivotal point in this confounding season. During a well-publicized rebuilding phase that officially started with the unloading of former captain Jarome Iginla less than two years ago, the Flames are actually in contention for a playoff spot.

Bob the Builder Is The Right Man For the Job – For Now

View image | gettyimages.com The timing of the announcement couldn’t have been more perfect. If ever there was a time to make a statement as to the absolute certainty of the Calgary Flames’ feeling they have the right man for the job, it’s to extend the head coach of a rebuilding franchise during a six-game…