Flames’ 3 X-Factors Versus Jets
The Calgary Flames face a difficult opponent in the Winnipeg Jets as they head into the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifying round. In the matchup, the Jets’ top-heavy offense threatens to overwhelm the Flames’ shaky defensive structure and inconsistent goaltending. If that materializes, Calgary will need to rise to the occasion to compete in a high-scoring […]
Thomas Edison Was the First to Film Hockey in 1898
In the winter of 1898, a group of ice hockey enthusiasts suited up for an outdoor game in West Orange, New Jersey. The frozen surface of Crystal Lake served as the venue for the match, which featured at least a dozen players. One spectator of note was also in attendance at the game: cinematographer William […]
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Flames Don’t Need to Pursue Taylor Hall
Picture for a moment – as many fans have – Taylor Hall in a Calgary Flames’ sweater come the 2020-21 NHL season. The star winger is an impending unrestricted free agent (UFA), and the Flames project to have the type of cap space necessary to compete for his services in 2020 free agency. But would […]
Jarome Iginla Deserved the 2002 Hart Trophy
The NHL’s 2001-02 season was one of few goals, many saves, and one infamous award snub. Given that this was the “dead puck era,” it’s fitting that one skater—Jarome Iginla—and two goalies—Patrick Roy and José Théodore—were named as the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy. Still, Iginla was the favourite going into the 2002 NHL […]
Flames GM Brad Treliving’s Draft History
Brad Treliving took over as the general manager of the Calgary Flames on April 28, 2014. He’d earlier served as the assistant general manager of the Arizona Coyotes and the GM of its AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. As of the 2019-20 NHL season, Treliving has helmed the Flames at six NHL Entry Drafts. […]
Jagr’s Final Flames Season Revisited
Jaromir Jagr’s NHL career concluded quietly in the 2017-18 season. The 45-year-old legend had joined the Calgary Flames on a one-year deal, but he lasted just 22 games before injuries led to the termination of his contract. Despite the early exit, his stint with the Flames featured memorable moments on and off the ice. Jagr’s […]
Calgary Flames: Best and Worst Drafts in Team History
Since the Atlanta Flames relocated to Calgary in 1980, the team has taken part in 30 NHL Entry Drafts. In the 1980s, they drafted numerous top-tier NHL stars – including Al MacInnis, Mike Vernon, Gary Roberts, Brett Hull, Theoren Fleury, and Joe Nieuwendyk. Some of these players played key roles in the team’s 1989 Stanley […]
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Flames Could Lose Neal-Lucic Deal with the NHL Pause
The outcome of the James Neal-Milan Lucic trade was a storyline to follow in the 2019-20 NHL season. Now, the NHL has paused play amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. If the regular season doesn’t resume, do the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers win the trade in its first year? But first, let’s remember: […]
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Flames’ Mangiapane Having Breakout Season
Andrew Mangiapane’s emergence in the 2019-20 season was a welcome development for the Calgary Flames. Before the NHL suspended play amid coronavirus concerns, he had secured a spot on the team’s second line and was on pace for a 20-goal campaign. He sits with 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 68 games. […]
Flames’ Talbot Deserves Extended Look as Starter Over Rittich
It’s time the Calgary Flames give Cam Talbot an extended look in their crease. The team no doubt views David Rittich as their long-term starter – and probably even their playoff goalie. But he’s in the midst of several weeks of inconsistent play. Talbot, meanwhile, is coming off wins as the starter in back-to-back games. […]
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Flames’ Playoff Push Needs More from Gaudreau and Monahan
Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are now in their sixth full season together with the Calgary Flames. Over their first five seasons, they established themselves as a top-tier offensive duo, leading the team to three playoff berths. But could this finally be the season that the Flames advance past the second round and make a […]
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Flames’ Tkachuk Silencing Critics Since Kassian Battle
Six weeks have passed since the Calgary Flames faced the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 11. In the aftermath of the game, threats were made, billboards were installed in Edmonton, and the Battle of Alberta was newly enlivened with hatred and controversy. Matthew Tkachuk was at the centre of it all and came away from the […]
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Flames’ Playoff Hopes Rest on Backlund’s Shoulders
It’s been an up and down season for the Calgary Flames. No player on the team has embodied this inconsistency more than the team’s second-line centre, Mikael Backlund. From the start of the season, the long-time Flame struggled to acquire his scoring touch. He appeared unconfident and eventually faced demotions to the third and fourth […]
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Flames Need Defensive Help Before Trade Deadline
Heading into February, the Calgary Flames were once again displaying a need for a top-six winger. Additional defensive depth was a secondary concern, but it has remained on the radar as the NHL Trade Deadline approached. But after two of the team’s top three defenders – Mark Giordano and Travis Hamonic – fell to injuries, […]
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