A closer look at Ilya Nikolayev

Calgary Flames first round pick Jakob Pelletier gets a decent number of comparisons to Boston Bruins megapest Brad Marchand. Maybe not so much on the dirty play and/or licking people levels, but more so on the small but high energy side of things. It’s meant to be a positive.

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A brief look at entry level contracts

In a salary cap system, getting value from players on entry level contracts (ELCs) is huge. With the second contacts for players rapidly becoming massive, finding young players that can become main roster contributors in their first few seasons is crucial to staying competitive. The Calgary Flames have done a pretty decent job lately, but…

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Flames may have to pay big bonuses to lock up Matthew Tkachuk

If you take a gander at any salary cap tracking site – such as PuckPedia – you may notice something interesting. The Calgary Flames have given out among the least in signing bonuses in the entire National Hockey League. But with negotiations with Matthew Tkachuk ongoing for a new contract, it seems likely that the…

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Sam Bennett’s role is becoming more clear

Sam Bennett is perhaps the most polarizing member of the Calgary Flames. Some love how hard he plays and believe there’s offensive potential yet to be unlocked. Conversely, others see flashes of promise mixed in with long stretches of general ineffectiveness. While I tend to be in the latter group, I also don’t think it’s…

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Linus Lindstrom wants to earn a bigger role in the SHL

You could be forgiven if you forgot that Linus Lindstrom was still in the Calgary Flames system. The club’s fourth round selection back in the 2016 NHL Draft, the two-way center has been plying his trade in his native Sweden since his selection. But while he’s been focused on rounding out his game, he’s got…

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