Dynamite Night for Calder Trophy Candidates

#457637342 / gettyimages.com The odds-on favourite for the Calder Trophy is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin. Calgary Flames darkhorse Johnny Gaudreau, though, won’t be an underdog for long if he keeps getting on the nightly highlight reel. The way Gaudreau is progressing, it’s just a matter of time before those who omitted him in…

Give The Gaudreau Demotion Talk A Rest—At Least For Now

#457228858 / gettyimages.com While it’s true that Johnny Hockey clearly needed to take a seat after five games of less-than-promising performances to start his first NHL season, the press-box benching doesn’t mean his next stop has to be the American Hockey League. You didn’t really think it would be easy making the jump from the…

Why a Norris might be in T.J. Brodie’s future: The Duncan Keith comparison

#483379279 / gettyimages.com It was the 2008 rookie tournament in Camrose when T.J. Brodie first caught my attention. The team’s fourth-round pick that year quickly flashed his puck-handling skills and his smooth skating ability while playing mostly beside big, lumbering blueliner Matt Pelech. He made his share of mistakes, as kids with that kind of…

Hayes Chooses Rangers Over Reunion

#489164367 / gettyimages.com No Kevin Hayes for the Calgary Flames? How could this have happened? How did the team get beat out by the New York Rangers on Wednesday for the services of the big right-winger whose standout Boston College linemates are already part of the organization? It seemed like a no-brainer, right? With two-thirds…

Byron’s Big Season Leads to Heavy Decisions Ahead

When you’re talking about a 5-foot-8, 160-pounder (a measurement that falls somewhere between his what’s listed on the Flames website and what he suggests he is), the word big doesn’t come up very often. For Flames forward Paul Byron, it’s come up a lot lately.

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When Push Comes to Shove, Burke Will Eat A Contract But Not His Pride

(courtesy puffycoombes) Don’t try to bully a bully. That’s the statement Brian Burke made to his fellow hockey executives this week while stubbornly clinging to Michael Cammalleri despite the knowledge that the pending unrestricted free agent is almost assuredly moving elsewhere come July. In Burke’s mind, something is not always better than nothing. Especially when…

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Burke’s smoke and mirror show fails to drive up Cammalleri’s price

(courtesy NHL/NHL.com) Veteran Flames reporter Steve Macfarlane is back, this time shedding light on the ongoing Mike Cammalleri/Brian Burke/trade/contract saga. Talk of a contract extension for Michael Cammalleri is nothing more than a marketing play by Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and until-further-notice general manager Brian Burke. Burke is trying to jack up the…

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Bleeding Red: Mark Giordano’s Rise To The Captaincy

    (photo via Sabresfreak) As hockey fans the world over prepare to enjoy their holiday season, we here at FlamesNation wish you all the best during this festive time and have a bit of a gift for you all – the latest tome from the great Steve MacFarlane. It’s about the incredible and unlikely…

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Patience A Virtue Burke Doesn’t Believe In

    The first move was a quake. Way up there on the Richter scale. Jay Feaster is out as the Calgary Flames’ general manager much more quickly than anyone anticipated even with Brian Burke looming large since his hire as president of hockey operations back in September. The second move might have seemed a…

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Fans Never Really Got to Say Good-Bye

  – pic via Cats Five   Jarome Iginla’s last game as a member of the Flames was technically sitting out as as a healthy scratch last season, on the night he was ultimately traded. Because there were deals in the works, Iginla was told to stay home. He didn’t even get to come to…

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Matt Stajan’s Long Road to Redemption

  – pic via clyde   If we took a poll of Flames fans a couple of years ago asking whether or not they’d want to keep Matt Stajan on the team beyond the season, nevermind the life of his current contract, the response likely would have been a resounding no. Perhaps not completely unanimous,…