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  • David Rittich, Connor Hellebuyck unveil Heritage Classic goalie equipment

    NHL.com "David Rittich of the Calgary Flames and Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets are getting into the spirit of the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. Each goalie practiced Wednesday in equipment that will be debuted when the Flames face the Jets in the 2019 Tim..." October 16

  • Stuck on zero: Notable NHL players still searching for first goal

    NBC Sports "We are a couple of weeks into the 2019-20 NHL season and there have been some surprising players at the top of the goal-scoring leaderboard, including James Neal, Anthony Mantha, Victor Olofsson, Brayden Schenn, and Erik Haula. Perhaps just as surprising is..." October 15

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • Drew Doughty on Flames fans after OT goal: 'You kinda wanna shove it in their faces'

    The Score "Drew Doughty was the center of attention Tuesday night in Calgary, and he made the most of it. The Los Angeles Kings defender was booed relentlessly by the Saddledome fans as a result of his ongoing feud with Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, but he..." October 09

  • Early returns on James Neal-Milan Lucic swap exactly what Oilers, Flames hoped

    Sportsnet "Milan Lucic might have been the last person in Alberta to hear about James Neal’s four-goal shocker Tuesday night. After all, while Edmonton Oilers fans were busy texting every Calgary Flames fan they knew, declaring early victory in their summer..." October 09

  • Matthew Tkachuk, Drew Doughty fireworks the type of rivalry NHL could use more of

    Sportsnet "Unable to resist the temptation of scratching his biggest itch, Drew Doughty fired another salvo at Matthew Tkachuk Monday. Two days after his NHL nemesis poked the Kings bear on Hockey Night in Canada, Doughty was essentially asked why the two just..." October 08

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08

  • Drew Doughty continues beef with Matthew Tkachuk: 'We both know who the better player is'

    The Score "A fresh season hasn't changed the mind of Drew Doughty when it comes to his thoughts about Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk. The Los Angeles Kings defender was asked about the status of his rivalry with the Flames' pest ahead of..." October 07

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural NHL.com ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk: Milan Lucic is ‘very important to our team’

    Sportsnet "Milan Lucic might not put up the points the way he did in his younger days, but Matthew Tkachuk still believes he’s an important part of the Calgary Flames. “I just think it’s so important to have someone like that on our team,” Tkachuk said..." October 06

  • NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

    Nano News "The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL. The narrative regarding goalies switching teams is often about the need to build new relationships within the locker room, establish communication and trust with a new set..." October 05

  • Six seasons in, pressure is mounting on Flames GM Brad Treliving

    Calgary Herald "The analogy, ‘hired to be fired,’ is used mostly when referring to National Hockey League coaches who are on an unpredictable carousel. It’s impatient. Rarely fair. The longest-tenured bench boss is Jon Cooper, who took the helm of the Tampa Bay Lightning..." October 04

  • 2007 NHL Draft Take Two: Twenty-First Overall Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.”  Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players –..." October 04

  • Why goals are rising in the NHL ?— and can we expect more in 2019-20?

    Sportsnet "Coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL made a concerted effort to crack down on obstruction, which immediately led to more goals in that first season. But this didn’t last and the NHL went from a league that dramatically increased its goal total to one that was losing offence every..." October 04

  • Flames looking for more out of 'dangerous' top line in 2019-20 season

    Calgary Herald "This year, Elias Lindholm knows his way to the Scotiabank Saddledome. And this year, the 24-year-old Swede also knows his way around the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, skating on the Calgary Flames’ top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan — a partnership that..." October 03

  • Promising Flames know time is now to make good on contender potential

    Sportsnet "The narrative is simple. The task, as they know, isn’t. The Calgary Flames have the talent and depth to be a Stanley Cup contender. The ingredients are all there, as they proved by dominating the West last regular season. The question hanging over them is..." October 03

  • NHL’s New Faceoff Rules: ‘Offensively, It's The Best Rule Ever, Defensively, It Sucks’

    The Hockey News "When a team starts play with the puck in the offensive zone, it can lead to really good things. Like goals. That’s why the NHL tweaked its rules over the summer to allow attacking teams to choose the side of the ice on which they’d like to take the draw in four specific situations...." October 03

  • Flames sign GM Brad Treliving to multi-year extension

    The Score "The Calgary Flames have inked general manager Brad Treliving to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Treliving joined the organization in April 2014 and is entering his sixth season as general manager. "Over the past five..." October 03

  • The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL

    SI "When Predators general manager David Poile thinks about the importance of two-way forwards, two names leap to mind. The first is Guy Carbonneau. Un bon choix. Thanks in part to Poile, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the former Montreal center will..." October 03

  • Young d-man makes Flames opening-day roster

    Calgary Herald "Smooth-skating defenceman Oliver Kylington is sticking around the Saddledome. Speedy forward Dillon Dube will start the season in Stockton. Those were the biggest bits of news Tuesday as the Calgary Flames finalized their opening roster for the 2019-20 NHL..." October 02

  • NHL 20 projects Bruins to win Stanley Cup

    NHL.com "The Boston Bruins will be your 2020 Stanley Cup champions, at least if the EA Sports NHL 20 simulations are correct. NHL 20 unveiled its most recent projections, where Boston defeats the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the Stanley Cup Final to take home the Cup for the first time..." October 02

  • How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China

    SI "Earlier this year, the NHL quietly made a pair of small but significant moves to grow its presence in hockey’s most intriguing market. The first was the hiring of Sandy Ma Yun, a veteran executive of the Chinese auto and motorsports industries, as director of international strategy..." October 02

  • Offence is on a steady rise in the NHL

    TSN "Offence, offence, offence. Since the 2004-05 lockout, the National Hockey League has observed an interesting – if gradual – change in scoring. In the early years immediately after the lockout, it seemed as though goals were nearly impossible to come by after the month of..." October 02

  • Sam Bennett one of three Flames poised for a big offensive step

    Flames Nation "Career years from numerous key players were among the biggest reasons Calgary put together their second-best regular season in team history last year. Some suggest a few of those players are in line for backward steps this season, which is understandable. One way to mitigate the potential of..." October 01

  • Trade candidates you’ll hear about during the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "After a summer that saw Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Jacob Trouba, Nazem Kadri, Tyson Barrie, J.T. Miller, James Neal, Milan Lucic, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Faulk all traded, plus a pre-season chock full of rumours and speculation, the 2019-20 campaign is shaping up to be a fascinating one when..." October 01

  • NHL Should Allow Sponsored Logos on Team Jerseys

    The Hockey Writers "How do you grow revenue if you are the NHL? Continuing growth is rather difficult to do in any business and the way the NHL has gone about it has been rather smart with new partnerships, expansion franchises, and gambling partnerships. While new revenue sources are always difficult to uncover,..." September 30

  • Calgary Flames Sign Zac Rinaldo To One-Year Deal

    Global News "The Calgary Flames have announced the team has signed forwards Tobias Rieder and Zac Rinaldo to one-year, two-way contracts. Both deals are worth the NHL league minimum of $700,000. Rieder, fresh off a pre-season victory against his former Edmonton Oilers squad in which he..." September 30

  • Flames sign Tobias Rieder to 1-year, 2-way deal worth $700K

    Flames Nation "The Calgary Flames have reportedly locked down one of their walk-on players. According to The Score’s John Matisz, the Flames have agreed to terms with forward Tobias Rieder on a one-year, two-way deal worth the league minimum $700,000 at the NHL level.   September 28

  • Five second-year players that will have breakout seasons

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not every NHL rookie enters the league with a bang. Not everyone can put up 100-point seasons in their first year like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin. Some guys need that first year to get used to the pace of play at the NHL level. But a lot guys get a lot more comfortable in..." September 27

  • How the Matthew Tkachuk-Flames negotiations turned on a dime

    Sportsnet "Heading into free agency, Matthew Tkachuk’s original goal was simple. Sign as long as possible for as much as possible. Who could blame him, especially in a thriving hockey market, on a team that finished tops in the west last regular season. In his..." September 26

  • What Do The Brayden Point And Matthew Tkachuk Bridge Deals Mean For Patrik Laine And The Jets?

    The Hockey News "It doesn’t take a doctorate in capology to connect the dots between Brayden’s Point contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the deal Matthew Tkachuk inked with the Calgary Flames. The former, a three-year, $20.25-million bridge deal signed Monday, ended an impasse..." September 26

  • Matthew Tkachuk’s three-year deal the perfect solution for contending Flames

    Sportsnet "The smile on Sam Bennett’s face was symbolic of the mood in Calgary Wednesday. Bennett woke up to news his pal Matthew Tkachuk had inked a three-year, $21-million pact that marks the perfect contractual solution for a player and a team now staring at a sizeable..." September 25

  • Flames sign RFA winger Matthew Tkachuk to three-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have signed restricted free agent winger Matthew Tkachuk to a three-year bridge deal, according to Sportsnet’s Ryan Leslie. The new deal will carry a cap hit of $7 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Tkachuk, 21, is coming..." September 25

  • Jimmy Hayes, Griffin Reinhart Among Notable AHL Camp Invites

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s a position that no NHL veteran wants to find himself in, but sometimes it’s the only way to stay employed in North America. With NHL training camps starting to cut mass amounts of participants, AHL camps are opening for another round of evaluation and to prepare young pros for..." September 24

  • Reasons for long-term optimism exist in Cam Talbot’s uneven Flames pre-season

    Sportsnet "There’s no bigger question mark surrounding the Calgary Flames than its goaltending. So when Cam Talbot gave up a questionable goal 50 seconds into Sunday’s exhibition game in Winnipeg you can bet there was a segment of diehards watching online ready to..." September 23

  • Jakob Pelletier Signs ELC With Calgary Flames

    TSN "The Calgary Flames announced Monday they have signed their 2019 first round draft pick Jakob Pelletier to a three-year, entry-level contract. " September 23

  • Flames’ Mark Giordano adds to popularity with permanent move to Calgary

    Sportsnet "Captain. Norris Trophy winner. Humanitarian. Calgarian. Mark Giordano’s considerable investment in the city is complete, as Calgary is now officially home for him and his family. “We sold our place in Toronto,” declares the NHL’s top blue liner of a..." September 21

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best defenses

    The Score "Evaluating the top defensive units in the NHL isn't as cut and dry as determining the best offenses, as defensive play can be more difficult to quantify. Goaltending, while technically an element of defense, can skew true prowess and make it seem as though an average club is better..." September 21

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • Flames’ Matthew Phillips takes in big-league moment with grandfather by his side

    Sportsnet "The smile on Matthew Phillips’ face was as priceless as the moment unfolding in front of him. Standing four feet away, in front of his Saddledome locker stall, was his 84-year-old grandfather, who suddenly found himself in the midst of an impromptu media scrum, speaking..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • David Rittich: ‘I just want to prove I can be a starter in the NHL.’

    Flames Nation "It’s probably not a stretch to say that David Rittich has had a meteoric rise in the Calgary Flames goaltending ranks. Since entering the organization as a European free agent signing just four short years ago, he’s quickly become one of the most important..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Flames sign forward Andrew Mangiapane to one-year, two-way contract

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have signed forward Andrew Mangiapane to a one-year, two-way contract worth $715,000, the club announced Sunday.   " September 15