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Plan Stockton’s roster

Embed from Getty Images It’s been a turbulent couple of weeks for Ryan Huska I would imagine. Most of last year’s Stockton Heat, though mediocre, was completely dismantled and will have a lot of new faces next season. Certainly, turnover at the AHL level is hardly news but what was surprising was that some of last year’s…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Bryce Van Brabant

Embed from Getty Images It’s a bit strange to think that Bryce Van Brabant has only played two fewer NHL games than Emile Poirier. Think about that for a second, it seems… impossible, especially given the fact that Poirier has 44 more AHL points than him (in only three more games).  However, let’s cast our minds back into…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Drew Shore

Sweet lord above, this is a beautiful goal. I’d like to have seen a bit more of that from Shore in Stockton last season.   Sometimes really good players don’t get to be NHLers. That’s one of the ways to explain the puzzle that is Drew Shore so far. It isn’t that he hasn’t had success…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Kenney Morrison

Image courtesy of Asvitt Photography from the Stockton Heat Despite the fact that the Stockton Heat had a largely unimpressive season this past year, one of the undeniable strengths of their team was their defence. An often forgotten part of this unit was Kenney Morrison, a much-heralded, undrafted college free agent signed last March while…

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WWYDW: Buyout Bonanza

It’s almost that time of year! Buyout season! The time when teams begin to pay people to leave and snarky writers write things like “pay me $4 million dollars to leave?! Rough life huh!” and everyone chuckles.  While it’s no secret that the Flames are in a bit of a money pickle next season, one…

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Flamesnation Player Evaluations: Hunter Shinkaruk

Embed from Getty Images Perhaps one of the biggest surprises last season was the Tim Erixon trade continuing to pay dividends for the Flames in new and strange ways. Markus Granlund, the decent-ish 2011 second rounder who had proven himself too good for the AHL and too meh for a top six NHL role, was…

WWYDW: Coaches Challenge

Essentially, what I will argue this week is that the Flames should hire Denzel. Maybe Remember the Titans Denzel, or Training Day Denzel, or Man on Fire Denzel, hell, even Philadelphia Denzel. Really, any Denzel would know not to play Colborne in the top six in my opinion.   Here at Flames Nation, we’ve discussed the Flames coaching…

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WWYDW: Payday(s)?

Embed from Getty Images Look at these two. They are so happy together. Who cares what they want, just sign them both to matching billion dollar contracts. In fact, how about they are co-player coaches for next season? I think it’s pretty safe to assume that if you are a fan of the Flames at…

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Flames First Round Targets 2016: Jakob Chychrun

Look, this video is here because his last name is pronounced “Chick-rin.” Get it? It’s not funny. Go away. Lately, Flames nation has been abuzz with talk of the many eligible forward prospects that may await the Flames at sixth overall. However, there is a great deal of mystery surrounding the top defenceman in this draft. Heading into…

WWYDW: Move on up?

So the Flames didn’t get a lottery pick. I hope we have all made peace with that by now and picked our respective flukey win throughout the season to blame for our misfortune at the hands of bingo balls. Personally, I have decided to blame Johnny Gaudreau. Yup. It’s his fault. Why did he score…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Morgan Klimchuk

Embed from Getty Images I’d like to believe that in this photo, Klimchuk was just approached by a ghost from the future. In this shot, the ghost shows Morgan his stat line from this past season. This was not a great year for Morgan Klimchuk in terms of counting numbers. That much is certain. But perhaps…

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Flamesnation Player Evaluations: Kenny Agostino

Embed from Getty Images I will always use this photo when talking about Agostino. Always. In fact, I may just invent reasons to talk about Agostino just to use this photo. There is a Dr. Strangelove-ian tendency to reference the Jarome Iginla trade when discussing Kenny Agostino, normally with an eye to the perceived lack of…