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How big is the Flames' window?

The Calgary Flames were about to start a lengthy rebuilding project a decade ago, and the team has yet to make a stable presence in the NHL playoffs ever since. After returning to the postseason for the second time in three seasons, that project is all but finished. Provided that the recent additions do not hinder the team’s progress, the Flames will become familiar with the late...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Flames Top 25 Under 25: #14 - Curtis Lazar

#14: Curtis Lazar Position: F Age: 22 Team: Calgary Flames Drafted: 2013 #17 (Round 1, Ottawa Senators) Last Year Rank: N/A #14 on our list might the most polarizing of all the Under 25’s in the Flames system. Curtis Lazar arrived in Calgary via trade last season with the Sens and the welcome from fans and critics was luke-warm at best. It feels like you either are all in...
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1 day ago

Flames Top 25 Under 25 - #15 Oliver Kylington

The slick Swede defenceman slides in at #15. #15 Oliver Kylington Position: D Age: 19 Team: Stockton Heat Drafted: 60th Overall in 2015 (Round 2) Last Year: 9th Oliver Kylington comes in at #15 on our Top 25 Under 25. It's a drop from his #9 position last year, but that really has more to do with an influx of some new players and some tremendous play from some of the players...
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2 days ago

Five Flames Prospects That Must Prove Themselves in 2017-18

These players need to have solid seasons It seems that every time you look, the Calgary Flames have improved their prospect pool. Whether it’s been through great drafting or signing free agents, the Flames now have one of the deepest prospect pools in the league. With that being said, it means that some of the older prospects are starting to feel the push from newer players who...
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2 days ago

Will Sam Bennett Become Elite?

When Sam Bennett was drafted fourth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, it was initially met with great praise. At the time, he was rated as the top North American skater of the draft class and easily was projected to be at a minimum, a top-six centerman. Sam Bennett was the fourth overall pick in 2014, but it’s too early to tell how he’ll turn out. (Bill...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Flames’ 5 Keys to Contention

If their actions this summer are any indication, the Calgary Flames believe that they can contend in 2017-18. They augmented their young core of forwards and their mobile defensemen with the additions of Travis Hamonic, Mike Smith and Eddie Lack this summer in an effort to shore up their roster. However, the Flames’ dreams of contention are not guaranteed. New Flames goaltender...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

From Nice-to-Have to Need-to-Have: My Take on Why Extending Backlund is Imperative

Embed from Getty ImagesIn the off-season three years ago, I raised a lot of eyebrows when I suggested Mikael Backlund was in line to be a $5 million hockey player come his next contract.At the time, he had one year remaining on his 2-year/$3 million deal and my viewpoint was the Flames were better off extending him that summer and locking him up at a lower annual average value than...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

World Junior Summer Showcase: Six Flames Prospects Ready to Strut Their Stuff

As an indication of the type of talent the Flames have added to the organization over the last 14 months, six Calgary prospects will be in action this weekend at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. From the 2016 draft class, Dillon Dube, Adam Fox, Linus Lindstrom, Eetu Tuulola and Matthew Phillips will all be in attendance. Joining them will be 2017 pick Juuso...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Eight From 80 Feet: Eight Thoughts on Recent Happenings in a Busy Flames Off-Season

As the off-season continues, time to knock the dust off a content feature I haven't trotted out recently. It's a July edition of Eight From 80 Feet. It's eight random thoughts on the latest goings-on with the Calgary Flames and there's plenty of fodder to work with given the rash of recent signings.Here we go.1. Synched: Valimaki and Giordano ContractsThe signing on Friday of 2017...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames: All or nothing following the defensive overload?

The Pacific Division includes the rebuilding Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks, but it also includes the fading Los Angeles Kings and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. There are also questions regarding San Jose’s chances at contending for a playoff spot considering their aging roster. All of this is great news for the Calgary Flames next season. With the team expected...
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July 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames: Will the Mike Smith trade pay off?

The Calgary Flames had one part of their roster that needed an improvement, and that was in goal. Brian Elliott was solid, but he did not do nearly enough to make the Flames competitive in the playoffs. In an effort to be more prepared for April, Brad Treliving made a big move just before the NHL Draft. On June 17, Arizona goaltender Mike Smith was traded to Calgary for goaltender...
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June 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames make head-scratching deal in acquisition of Mike Smith

Ahead of the trade freeze and the eventual expansion draft, the Calgary Flames have added a starting goaltender, acquiring Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for prospect Brandon Hickey, a conditional third-round pick and goalie Chad Johnson. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman adds that the third-round pick becomes a second should the Flames qualify for the postseason,...
Via The Comeback
June 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Brian Burke says the Calgary Flames may leave without a new arena

Brian Burke just stirred up the rumor mill out in Calgary and it unfortunately has nothing to do with the fun offseason player rumors fans enjoy following.Serving as the President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames, Burke was asked to speak to the Canadian Club of Calgary and he dropped quite a few noteworthy quotes. The biggest – and most controversial – included...
Via The Comeback
June 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Vegas Golden Knights to broadcast games in Spanish

When the new Vegas Golden Knights begin their NHL experience this fall, they’ll be ready to reach out to a mostly untapped market to hockey. The Golden Knights will have a weekly game broadcast on the local ESPN Deportes radio affiliate. Owner Bill Foley hopes that the Las Vegas Hispanic community will embrace the sport.The Golden Knights will become just the third NHL team to...
Via Awful Announcing
April 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Whose profane Dougie Hamilton rant was picked up on Sportsnet’s broadcast?

Ah, the perils of hot mics. Microphones that were on when interview subjects thought they were off have caused problems for everyone from Robert Durst to Dave Bliss in the wider world, and in the sports media world, everyone from Jim Nantz to Byron McDonald has been tripped up by them. The case of the profane rant about Calgary Flames’ defenseman Dougie Hamilton that appears to...
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April 16, 2017  |  Discuss
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