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Trade deadline: All bets are off — go big or go home

Considering the Calgary Flames are just as likely to miss the playoffs as they are to make any noise in them, Monday’s trade deadline is going to be an interesting one. General manager Brad Treliving could be a buyer, a seller, or a bystander on what should be a very busy afternoon in the NHL.

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Backlund signing should happen while he’s still in love with the city

Mikael Backlund isn’t about to weaken his bargaining position. There is a good reason the pending unrestricted free agent currently sticks to clichés when it comes to talking contract. The 28-year-old centre finished fourth last year in voting for the Selke Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward. He’s taken prove-it deal after…

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Christmas Wish List for the Flames

As the NHLers take a break from hockey to pour eggnog down their gullets and stuff turkey into their guts, we look back and truly digest the first few months of the 2017-18 season. The Flames are hanging around in the playoff hunt in the Western Conferece, but they certainly aren’t overly impressing anyone. And…

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Five reasons the Flames are probably better than we think

During the Darryl Sutter regime, there was a saying down in the belly of the Saddledome that “Just OK is not OK.” The constant pressure caused a great deal of anxiety at times. Eventually it even took the fun out of winning. Right now, the Calgary Flames are Just OK. The majority of people around…

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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…