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FlamesNation player evaluation: Noah Hanifin

Intangible hockey laws dictate that, save for some generational exceptions, defencemen take longer to develop than forwards. Elite scorers establish themselves in their early-20s and ride their primes until they putter out by 35. But defencemen need to hone their craft for years, smooth over scrunched bits in the tapestries of their game. Scoring goals…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: David Rittich

What is David Rittich? After four seasons in North America, and two and a half in the National Hockey League, it’s clear that the Calgary Flames have found something in “Big Save Dave.” But is he a backup? A starter? An All-Star? It’s unclear, and the window for him to find his game consistently might…

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The Flames are, and should be, interested in Jacob Markstrom

I believe the Calgary Flames will seriously pursue Jacob Markstrom if they get the chance. The pending unrestricted free agent has put together three straight solid seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, including a 2019-20 campaign that rightly put him in Vezina Trophy conversations. Whether Markstrom gets to free agency is still up in the air,…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Tyson Foerster

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Next up on our waltz through the potential first round contenders: an absolute…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Cam Talbot

One season ago, the Calgary Flames got Cam Talbot at a bargain price on a one year deal. A few years removed from being pretty damn good for Edmonton, he had fallen out of favour and was functionally Philadelphia’s third-stringer as he headed into free agency. But someone signed as a reclamation project ended up…

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The unstoppable anxiety of drafting goalies early

Folks, every couple of years a really great goaltending prospect pops up on the NHL Draft radar. This year’s version is Yaroslav Askarov, an incredible Russian goalie who will definitely go in the first round. Some team will take that swing and probably be happy with it. But man, drafting a goaltender early makes a…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Yaroslav Askarov

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Calgary hasn’t taken a goalie in the first round since Darryl Sutter selected…

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The Flames are rumoured to be interested in everybody

It’s no secret that the Calgary Flames didn’t measure up in the 2019-20 season. Their first round playoff exit was followed by a lot of soul-search and analysis by management, culminating with Geoff Ward’s hiring as head coach on Monday. Sticking with the same coach makes it seem likely that the Flames will be making…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: John-Jason Peterka

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. This year is heavy on Germans. Tim Stützle looks like the country’s best…

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Mistakes the Flames have made when trading stars

Friends, there’s a non-zero chance that the Calgary Flames could make a significant trade this off-season. For hockey reasons, for salary cap reasons, and for team composition reasons, the Flames could make a big move involving a big name player. Historically, that hasn’t gone too well. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Andrew Mangiapane

When he was drafted in the sixth round back in 2015 and even upon excelling in a full-time role on the fourth line last season there were plenty of folks outside Flames land uttering “Andrew Mangi-a-who?”. Now, the former Barrie Colt has replied loud and clear: “Andrew Mangiapane, that’s who!”

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