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  • Flames need to dissect playoff undoing after young core’s quiet series

    Sportsnet "Perhaps the most telling moment of the Calgary Flames’ exit interviews came from a player who is unlikely to be here next season. Asked if he thought the highly talented Flames core was capable of winning a Stanley Cup, Michael Frolik’s lengthy pause was..." April 22

  • Mike Smith open to returning to Calgary

    Yardbarker "The Calgary Flames were handed their golf passes in the playoffs after just five games against the Colorado Avalanche, but it wasn’t for the reasons many speculated on heading into the postseason. For much of the year the team had been dealing with goaltending issues, and when they handed..." April 22

  • Calgary Flames RFA Situation

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "After an unexpectedly early end to the 2018-19 campaign, it’s time to shift towards planning for the Calgary Flames offseason. One of the first things on the mind of Flames fans should be some of the Flames pending restricted free agents who are due for raises this summer...." April 22

  • Burns, Giordano, Hedman are Norris Trophy finalists

    NHL.com "Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2018-19 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in..." April 21

  • Flames' Martin Pospisil signs entry-level contract

    CBS Sports "Pospisil signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flames on Saturday. The 19-year-old forward finished his second season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, where he recorded 16 goals and 47 assists over 44 games. Pospisil also featured for Slovakia at the World..." April 20

  • Both No. 1 seeds ousted in Round 1 for 1st time in expansion era

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames from the postseason in five games Friday night with a one-sided 5-1 victory. Along with the Tampa Bay Lightning's sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the first round in the..." April 20

  • Flames' lack of production from top players critical in playoff exit

    NHL.com "The foothills of the Rocky Mountains are a majestic sight on the distant horizon west of Calgary. The snow-capped peaks are also symbolic today, given the impossible climb the Calgary Flames faced in their bid not to be buried by the Colorado Avalanche. The Western Conference champion..." April 20

  • Flames taking it one game at a time in series against Avalanche

    NHL.com "The Calgary Flames are aware they need three straight wins to advance beyond the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche. Their focus, though, is on getting one, in Game 5 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS,..." April 19

  • James Neal a healthy scratch ahead of elimination game

    Yahoo! Sports "365 days ago, James Neal was leading the cavalry for the Vegas Golden Knights on route to their historic Stanley Cup Finals appearance in their inaugural season. Today, he’s a postseason healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames in an elimination game. This comes as no surprise..." April 19

  • Barkov, O'Reilly, Monahan nominated for Lady Byng

    Yahoo! Sports "Next up in the NHL’s 2018-19 awards announcements is the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The nominees, who are voted..." April 19

  • How the Avalanche are beating the Flames at their own game

    Sportsnet "In breaking down the first round series between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche before it began, the biggest area of concern for the Avalanche that I saw was the Flames’ ability to create turnovers in dangerous areas, many of which lead to odd-man rushes. In fact, in..." April 17

  • Flames rookie Valimaki to make playoff debut in Game 4 vs. Avs

    TSN "Defenceman Juuso Valimaki appears set to make his post-season debut for the Calgary Flames Wednesday in Game 4 against the Colorado Avalanche. Valimaki was paired with Rasmus Anderssen during the Flames skate ahead of the game Wednesday. If Valimaki is in the lineup for the Flames,..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Flames can’t keep putting Avs on power play

    Pro Hockey Talk "To the naked eye, the Colorado Avalanche power play hasn’t been too special through three games against the Calgary Flames. After all, they’re only clicking at 12.5 percent. But keeping that power play off the ice might be the difference between the Flames advancing to the second..." April 17

  • Flames could be in for short playoff run if poor play continues

    Sportsnet "Nathan MacKinnon has officially taken over this series. The first hint of the Avalanche star’s heroics came at the end of Game 2 when his overtime snipe in Calgary equaled the series. It was his first goal in 12 shots. On Monday it snowballed. By..." April 16

  • Flames seek better effort against Avalanche in Game 4

    NHL.com "The Calgary Flames are determined to be at the top of their game against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Pepsi Center on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ALT). The Flames watched video during a team meeting at their hotel Tuesday, one..." April 16

  • Avalanche finally break through against Mike Smith, Flames

    Sportsnet "Two nights after stealing the spotlight, Mike Smith came within a hair of outright stealing a game. Alas, justice was ultimately served in the form of a 3-2 overtime win for the Colorado Avalanche ending with a Nathan MacKinnon rocket that beat Smith clean glove side. The..." April 14

  • Flames will go as far as transition game (and Mike Smith) can take them

    The Score "Hemmed in their own zone for minutes at a time, unable to complete simple passes over and over and over again, and generally looking ordinary most of the night, the Calgary Flames didn't deserve a win on Saturday. Yet they only narrowly lost, dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime to..." April 14

  • Flames’ top line contributing in other ways against Avalanche

    Sportsnet "The perception in Calgary has long been that if the Flames’ top trio isn’t chipping in offensively, they’re not contributing at all. Game 1 proved otherwise for the Flames when Elias Lindholm excelled as a penalty killer, Sean Monahan was a perfect 9-0 in the faceoff..." April 13

  • Could Flames be Canada’s best hope at ending Stanley Cup drought?

    Sportsnet "Could the Calgary Flames be Canada’s team this spring? Nope. A consensus favourite would be impossible given the passionate allegiances in every corner of the country. Canada’s best hope? Different debate entirely, as three teams..." April 11

  • Mike Smith to start in goal as Flames go with experience

    Calgary Sun "Mike Smith is the Calgary Flames’ starting netminder for the 2019 playoffs. The decision was kept under wraps by the team for the entire lead-up to Thursday’s Game 1, but it was easy to connect the dots considering the quality of Smith’s starts down the stretch, his..." April 11

  • Calgary Flames Sign Artyom Zagidulin

    NHL.com "The Calgary Flames announce today that they have signed goaltender Artyom Zagidulin to a one year entry-level contract. Zagidulin, a native of Magnitogorsk, Russia, is in his third season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. The 23-year-old goalie played in 25 regular season games..." April 09

  • Flames not ready to reveal goalie against Avalanche for Game 1

    NHL.com "Bill Peters wouldn't reveal if Mike Smith or David Rittich would start for the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). "We'll..." April 08

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Flames’ Mark Giordano shaken by McDavid injury: ‘I feel terrible’

    Sportsnet "Mark Giordano was visibly shaken by the turn of events. No, not by the meaningless loss, but by the play he made that left the game’s best player in a season-ending heap behind the Calgary Flames net. “I feel terrible,” said the Flames captain of a second..." April 07

  • Which Canadian team is most likely to end Stanley Cup drought?

    Sportsnet "The playoff landscape for Canadian teams is set following the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 3-2 shootout win the New York Rangers on Friday night. The Montreal Canadiens are eliminated, while the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Calgary Flames remain in the picture, seeking to each become..." April 06

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Assessing possible Flames first-round playoff opponents

    Sportsnet "It’s not the kind of question NHL players are wired to answer aloud. “Which team would you like to play in the first round?” Fact is, the answer isn’t all that simple in Calgary, as two of the four possible first-round matchups are extremely..." March 30

  • Flames sign Zavgorodniy to entry level deal

    TSN "The Calgary Flames announced on Saturday they have signed seventh-round draft pick Dmitry Zavgorodniy to a three-year entry level contract. The Flames selected Zavgorodniy 198th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. " March 30

  • Flames’ once-red-hot top line has been ice cold

    Pro Hockey Talk "For years now, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau have gone together like peanut butter and chocolate, so it was startling to see Bill Peters split them up, even briefly. With the Calgary Flames going through (very much relative) struggles lately, Peters has tried different things...." March 30

  • Calgary Flames Expected To Sign Artyom Zagidulin

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Calgary Flames are closing in on a deal with KHL goaltender Artyom Zagidulin. The 23-year old played this season with Magnitogorsk, but was eliminated from the Gagarin Cup playoffs early on. Zagidulin’s contract technically doesn’t expire until..." March 29

  • Flames, Senators Among Teams Pursuing Joakim Nygard

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In tonight’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Darren Dreger reported that one free agent race is already heating up more than three months before unrestricted free agency opens in the NHL. Joakim Nygard, who is currently playing for the top-seeded Farjestad BK in..." March 28

  • Tkachuk not bothered by Doughty's comments: 'I'll sleep like a baby'

    The Score "Calgary Flames agitator Matthew Tkachuk isn't letting Drew Doughty get under his skin. The Los Angeles Kings defenseman had some strong words for Tkachuk before Monday's contest between the two teams. Doughty said he had "no..." March 26

  • Doughty: 'No respect' for Matthew Tkachuk

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty expressed his distaste for Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk ahead of Monday's meeting between the two clubs. "No respect for him - none," Doughty said of Tkachuk, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "I respect..." March 25

  • Flames sign University of Alberta scoring standout Luke Philp

    Calgary Sun "At Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton, home of the University of Alberta’s powerhouse men’s hockey squad, the story of Derek Ryan is practically part of the curriculum. Ryan is, after all, evidence this unlikely climb — from the Golden Bears to the big leagues..." March 20

  • Will streaky Calgary stay hot or flame out in playoffs?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Calgary Flames know they’re in the playoffs. Now comes the hard part. Despite being idle on Sunday, the Flames became the first Western Conference team to clinch a postseason berth due to the New York Islanders’ win over the Minnesota Wild. But the Flames know better..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Flames' Monahan out Saturday vs. Jets

    TSN "Sean Monahan left Calgary's matchup with the New York Rangers Friday night and did not return.  After the game, head coach Bill Peters said Monahan wasn't feeling well and will not travel with the team to Winnipeg as they take on the Jets Saturday night. Prior to..." March 16

  • Heritage Classic to test allegiances with Flames, Jets in Saskatchewan

    NHL.com "The rivalry between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets will go beyond the ice at the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. The game Oct. 26 at Mosaic Stadium here in Saskatchewan's capital will be a battle over allegiances in the Canadian province situated between Calgary, 450..." March 16

  • Calgary Flames To Carry Ten Defensemen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There is a logjam on the blue line in Calgary, but the team is content to keep it that way. Sportsnet’s Eric Francis recently spoke to Flames GM Brad Treliving who stated that the team won’t be changing it’s current configuration on defense. With..." March 13

  • Gaudreau records NHL’s first 6-point game since 2013

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Calgary Flames entered the third period on Tuesday night they found themselves actually trailing the New Jersey Devils, a team with a depleted roster that had entered the night on a six-game losing streak. Not the best situation to be in when you are trying to win a division..." March 13

  • Flames recall Michael Stone from AHL

    TSN "The Flames have recalled defenceman Michael Stone from the AHL's Stockton Heat, the team announced Monday, giving Calgary even more depth on the blue line.  Stone has missed most of the season due to a blood clot issue. He has four assists in 11 games but has..." March 11

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Flames send D Michael Stone to AHL on conditioning stint

    Yardbarker "After the Calgary Flames were embarrassed on home ice by the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, they got a bit of good news this morning. Michael Stone, who hasn’t played for the team since November, has been assigned to the minor leagues for a conditioning stint, the last step before he..." March 05

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Czarnik happy with decision to sign with Flames over Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "In the days before free agency last summer, Austin Czarnik found himself sitting at Mike Babcock’s lake house in Michigan. And when you’re with Mike Babcock, what do you do?    You watch hockey, of course. “He’s a fiery guy,”..." March 04

  • Flames' Hathaway ejected for dangerous hit on Wild's Kunin

    The Score "Calgary Flames forward Garnet Hathaway was handed a 10-minute match penalty and a game misconduct after driving Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin face-first into the dasher. Kunin headed to the Wild locker room after the hit, but has since returned to the game. " March 03

  • Flames' Hathaway won't face hearing for hit on Wild's Kunin

    The Score "Calgary Flames winger Garnet Hathaway won't face a disciplinary hearing to answer for his check on Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin on Saturday night, according to The Athletic's Michael Russo. Hathaway was assessed a match penalty and a game misconduct after driving Kunin..." March 03

  • Jarome Iginla’s fire still burns bright even in retirement

    Sportsnet "Jarome Iginla still remembers that long, heart-wrenching walk out of the St. Pete Times Forum that muggy June evening. Next to him strode downtrodden coach Darryl Sutter, who listened to the captain lament the fact he couldn’t come up with one more goal somewhere along the way..." March 02