Ryan Pike | @RyanNPike

A native of the Stampede City, Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames extensively since 2010 as a Senior Writer for The Hockey Writers and as Managing Editor of FlamesNation.ca.

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Mike Cammalleri (Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE)

Calgary Flames 2014 Trade Deadline Primer

As many of the National Hockey League’s clubs scramble to prepare for the playoff stretch drive, the rebuilding Calgary Flames are preparing for their future. With president of hockey operations […]

by · March 4, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s Not Easy Being the Seventh Defenseman

Reaching the National Hockey League is something all young hockey players dream about and spend years working towards. While each NHL club carries 23 men on their roster, per-game line-up […]

by · February 28, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Lance Bouma (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

The Injury Ninja Hates The Calgary Flames

The 2013-14 season has been one of change and transition for the Calgary Flames. After several years chasing the playoffs, the club has regrouped and is using this year to […]

by · February 27, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Dustin Jeffrey has been claimed on waivers in his career. (Icon SMI)

NHL Waiver Wire Primer

The waiver wire is one of the most crucial aspects of player personnel management and the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Waivers are also one of the most misunderstood parts […]

by · February 22, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary
Calgary Flames: Youth Movement and Work Ethic Go Hand-in-Hand

Calgary Flames: Youth Movement and Work Ethic Go Hand-in-Hand

The Calgary Flames weren’t expected to be very good as the 2013-14 NHL season approached. In fact, they were expected to be pretty awful. Jarome Iginla, Jay Bouwmeester and Miikka […]

by · February 12, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Switzerland: Olympic Hockey Dark Horse Has Momentum On Their Side

As the 2014 Winter Olympic Games draw near, the spotlight on the men’s hockey tournament intensifies. Canada and the United States are both gunning for a repeat of their thrilling […]

by · February 5, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Olympics
Joni Ortio (Ross Bonander / THW)

Joni Ortio: Finnish Rookie Poised for Flames Debut

The Calgary Flames search for a bonafide starting goalie may get a bit more complicated if one young Finn has his way. The club announced on Monday morning that the […]

by · February 3, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Mark Giordano could be a top five defenseman. (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

2013-14 Calgary Flames: How They Were Built

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Much like a great city, neither is a National Hockey League team. The 2013-14 Calgary Flames roster is the product of transactions conducted by […]

by · February 3, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Mike Cammalleri (Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE)

Calgary’s Fire Sale? A Look Towards The Trade Deadline

Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt. Sometimes it builds fondness. In the sports world, often there’s a level of attachment for a team you put together, sometimes regardless of that group’s success. […]

by · January 28, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Calgary Flames: Three Reasons for Optimism

As the days of the calendar fly past and February approaches, the Calgary Flames have seen some tough stretches in their schedule. Heck, they were shut out six times in […]

by · January 27, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Klinkhammer: The Unlikely NHLer

Every year, countless thousands of young hockey players work insanely hard in the hopes of getting drafted into the National Hockey League. Every year, only about 200 of these young […]

by · January 23, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Arizona Coyotes
In the "Battle of Sam", Sam Reinhart goes 1st overall in the 2014 NHL Mock Draft - Olympic Edition (Photo by Brad Watson)

Top Prospects Game Standouts

In the middle of January, roughly three dozen of the top draft-eligible players in the Canadian Hockey League converged on Calgary for the annual BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The […]

by · January 22, 2014 · 1 comment · NHL Entry Draft