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  • Rasmus Andersson Is Key to Flames Moving Forward

    The Hockey Writers "Last season, the Calgary Flames defensive group was led by Norris Trophy winner and captain Mark Giordano, who had the best plus-minus rating in the NHL. Giordano, despite being 35-years-old, had a career-high season and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.  But, when..." August 22

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Flames sign veteran D Andrew MacDonald on PTO

    TSN "The Calgary Flames are turning to Andrew MacDonald for help on their blue line in the wake of the injury to Juuso Valimaki. The team announced on Thursday that the 32-year-old veteran will attend training camp on a professional tryout basis. August 22

  • Elias Lindholm has a theory about Flames’ post-season flop

    Sportsnet "If Elias Lindholm won the battle, Gabriel Landeskog took the war. At some point last year a friendly wager was hatched between two Swedes enjoying career seasons on dominant forward lines: Whoever finished with more points would be treated to dinner at a high-end Stockholm restaurant..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • Matthew Tkachuk’s agent says the market is set, gave Flames a fair offer in June

    Yahoo! Sports "Training camps are *checks notes* less than a month away and we find ourselves legitimately wondering if this NHL season will begin with several of the best wingers in the world on the sidelines. It’s truly a wild scene out there right now. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point,..." August 20

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen

    NHL.com "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • Injury to Juuso Valimaki changes Flames’ plans for T.J. Brodie

    Sportsnet "Turns out Nazem Kadri may have done the Calgary Flames a massive favour. Instead of being booed Nov. 19 when Kadri makes his return to Calgary, a city he recently rejected a trade to, the former Toronto Maple Leafs centre should perhaps be thanked by Calgary faithful. After..." August 15

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Juuso Valimaki Suffers Torn ACL

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "The Flames announced earlier today that Juuso Valimaki suffered an ACL tear during his offseason training over the weekend and that surgey is required. This is a devastating blow to a prospect who was poised to have a big season with Calgary after getting a taste last year. Valimaki had 24..." August 12

  • Brad Treliving: Flames looking to trade for D-man after Juuso Valimaki injury

    The Score "Juuso Valimaki's torn ACL is forcing the Calgary Flames to scour the trade market for reinforcements on the blue line. General manager Brad Treliving said Monday that the team will look for external help on defense on top of identifying internal options, according to..." August 12

  • Johnny Gaudreau says Cam Talbot, Milan Lucic could be missing pieces to Cup run for Flames

    NHL.com "Johnny Gaudreau is confident the two biggest offseason moves made by the Calgary Flames has them closer to winning the Stanley Cup. The Flames signed unrestricted free agent goalie Cam Talbot to a one-year, $2.75 million contract on July 1 and acquired forward Milan Lucic in a trade..." August 10

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • Goaltending, Milan Lucic’s role among biggest questions facing Flames

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s take a look at three big questions for the Calgary Flames for the 2019-20 season. 1. Who is going to stop the puck? There is probably no question that will impact the Flames more than this one. Goaltending has been a constant struggle for nearly a..." August 05

  • Brad Treliving needs to continue pushing right buttons for Flames

    Pro Hockey Talk "Since taking over as general manager of the Flames in 2014, Brad Treliving has done a reasonably good job. His team hasn’t made the playoffs every year under his watch, but he managed to build a team that won the Pacific Division and the Western Conference last..." August 05

  • Flames’ Cam Talbot talks ‘perfect storm’ in final season with Oilers

    Sportsnet "Cam Talbot already knows the date. In the thick of summer’ heat, his mind can wander past Christmas. On Dec. 27, the Calgary Flames will make the three-hour trek north for their first meeting with Talbot’s former club, the Edmonton Oilers — payors of his..." August 04

  • Matthew Tkachuk expected to sign with Flames before training camp, GM says

    NHL.com "Matthew Tkachuk will sign with the Calgary Flames by the start of training camp in September, general manager Brad Treliving said Friday of the restricted free agent forward. "That's been our expectation, our hope, our goal," Treliving said. "That's what..." August 03

  • Milan Lucic admits he put 'too much pressure' on himself with Oilers

    The Score "Milan Lucic says he set the bar too high during his tenure with the Edmonton Oilers. The veteran forward, who the Oilers traded - along with a conditional third-round pick - to the Calgary Flames for James Neal last month, explained that he has..." August 02

  • Artyom Zagidulin following David Rittich's path to Flames

    NHL.com "Artyom Zagidulin saw the path David Rittich took to the Calgary Flames and hopes to follow it. That's why the 23-year-old Russia-born goalie signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Flames on April 9. "The offer came and I thought about it," Zagidulin..." August 01

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Flames Buyout Michael Stone

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "It was a deal that really didn’t make sense from the day it was signed. When Brad Treliving extended a three year offer with a $3.5M AAV, a lot of us saw this coming. Now, with limited cap space and an already crowded blue line the Flames have officially bought out the contract..." August 01

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • Brad Treliving still has heavy lifting to do this summer

    Flames Nation "It’s the end of July. The draft is complete. Unrestricted free agency is but a memory. Salary arbitration has been dealt with. But Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving still has the biggest pieces of his summer to-do list yet to deal with. A new contract for Matthew..." July 29

  • Cap crunch: Rangers, Penguins, Flames among teams that need moves

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even though most of the NHL’s biggest roster transactions have already happened this summer, there are still some significant moves that will be coming over the next few weeks. Many of them will be out of necessity as it relates to getting under the salary cap for the 2019-20..." July 27

  • Flames counting on freshly re-signed David Rittich to be alpha dog in net

    Sportsnet "Despite being surrounded by champagne, dancing family members and five-star food, David Rittich said Saturday he wasn’t in the mood to celebrate the biggest payday of his life. Mere hours after putting the final touches on a two-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames,..." July 27

  • Flames re-sign David Rittich to 2-year, $5.5M deal to avoid arbitration

    TSN "The Calgary Flames have re-signed goaltender David Rittich to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration. The 26-year-old recorded a .911 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA in 45 games this past season. Rittich was signed as a free agent by the Flames on June..." July 27

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • Flames sign Sam Bennett to two-year, $5.1M deal

    TSN "The Calgary Flames have avoided arbitration with Sam Bennett by signing the forward to a two-year, $5.1 million contract, the team announced on Wednesday evening. Bennett was scheduled to have a hearing on July 27 had the two sides not agreed to a deal. The 23-year-old..." July 24

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • City of Calgary, Flames agree to terms for new arena project

    The Score "The City of Calgary, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited have agreed to fundamental terms and conditions for the development and construction of a new public sports and entertainment event center, according to the city's press..." July 23

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Could the Bruins have been players in the Milan Lucic trade talks?

    NBC Sports Boston "The Edmonton Oilers were finally able to move a difficult contract this weekend when they shipped Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for James Neal in a rare trade between Battle of Alberta rivals. Calgary also received a conditional third-round pick in 2020 along with the..." July 22

  • Can James Neal bounce back after ugly season in Calgary?

    Pro Hockey Talk "James Neal figures he’s re-invigorated. One can assume the salivating prospect of playing alongside Connor McDavid would have that sort of effect. For Neal, it could also mean putting behind him a horrible season where he failed to hit double-digit goals for the..." July 22

  • Oilers’ James Neal on Flames struggles, training with Connor McDavid, new teammates

    Sportsnet "For Oilers GM Ken Holland, acquiring James Neal was a deal he made by the book. The National Hockey League’s Guide and Record Book. “The Guide and Record Book says that James Neal scores goals,” began Holland, the morning after he’d made the most significant..." July 21

  • Flames hit two birds with one stone with Milan Lucic acquisition

    Sportsnet "A nuclear deterrent for a nuclear bomb. Two of the NHL’s biggest reclamation projects changed Alberta addresses Friday when the Calgary Flames acquired Milan Lucic from the Edmonton Oilers for James Neal. The Oilers will retain some of Lucic’s lofty salary and..." July 20

  • Milan Lucic agreed to trade to Flames after talking to Jarome Iginla

    NHL.com "Milan Lucic got an assist to join the Calgary Flames from their leading goal-scorer. Lucic was traded to Calgary for James Neal on Friday, but the 31-year-old with a no-movement clause in his contract had to agree to leave the Edmonton Oilers. That's where Jarome Iginla, who..." July 20

  • Report: Oilers trade Milan Lucic to Flames for James Neal

    The Score "The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward James Neal, reports Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Edmonton will retain some of Lucic's salary and include a conditional draft pick,..." July 19

  • Tentative deal reached between city and Flames for new arena

    Calgary Herald "A tentative deal has been reached between the city and the Calgary Flames for a new arena to replace the Saddledome. City council members will discuss the proposed agreement at 3:45 p.m. Monday behind closed doors, Postmedia has learned. Negotiations between the two..." July 19

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Calgary Flames Avoid Arbitration With Rinat Valiev, Ryan Lomberg

    Our Sports Central "The Calgary Flames announce today that they have signed forward Ryan Lomberg and defenseman Rinat Valiev each to a one year, two-way contract with an AAV of $700,000. Lomberg, a 24-year-old native of Richmond Hill, Ontario played 58 with the Stockton Heat last season scoring 12 goals..." July 16