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Smith's Struggles Open Door for Rittich

Smith's Struggles Open Door for Rittich

November 19th, 2018 The Calgary Flames made a lot of moves during the 2018 off-season, touching upon nearly every area of their roster. They raised a few eyebrows when they didn't address their goaltending, as backup netminder David Rittich was considered something of a question mark after an up and down...
NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Kings, More

NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Kings, More

November 17th, 2018 In today's rumor rundown, the questions surrounding the Calgary Flames goaltending situation are real, there is some news about what Kyle Dubas has his eyes on in terms of a trade that includes William Nylander and some are wondering if Jake Muzzin of the LA Kings might be part of a...

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October 29th, 2018
Flames Goaltending

There's an old joke in hockey: "Goaltending is 50% of the game unless you don't get it, then it's 90% of the game." Since the retirement of Miikka Kiprusoff in 2013, you could make an argument that goaltending has occupied the minds of Calgary Flames hockey operations staffers roughly 90% of the time. But the 2017-18 season saw the acquisition of Mike Smith, whose play in the first half of the season was occasionally reminiscent of Kiprusoff's past prowess. Coming off an injury last winter that derailed Smith's season, the Flames are putting a lot of effort into keeping him fresh but issues with their defensive zone play have clouded their plan's effectiveness. The Goaltending Balancing Act After spending the off-season changing up their forward ranks, and with injuries and impressive camps injecting some youth into their defensive group, the Flames are a much different team than they were a year ago. The only area they haven't changed is their goaltending, as...
October 21st, 2018
Flames History

The NHL has changed a fair bit since Theoren Fleury last laced up skates and even more so since he first donned a Calgary Flames sweater. Best known for his small size and large personality, he was an anomaly during his playing days. In an era that featured some of the biggest names and also some of the toughest customers in the history of the game, the undersized Fleury managed a successful career. It wasn't until he hung up his skates for good that revelations came to light about what truly fueled the Flames legend. It is through these revelations that Fleury now champions multiple initiatives to help victims of addiction, abuse and childhood trauma. Forged in Fire At 5-foot-6 and 182 pounds, Fleury was bluntly told he was too small to play pro, yet he clawed his way into the NHL with his skill and relentless determination. Drafted by Calgary in 1987, Fleury spent 11 seasons with the Flames, from 1988-1999, captaining the club for two seasons (1995-1997). He recorded 34...
October 21st, 2018
Editor's Choice

Hopes were high all around when the Calgary Flames drafted Sam Bennett at the 2014 NHL Draft. At fourth overall Bennett was the highest-ever pick in Calgary Flames history and the thought was Bennett would be an impact player for years to come. Unfortunately, Bennett's been the victim of some challenging circumstances and things haven't turned out as intended. Heading into a contract year under a new head coach, Bennett finds himself in a fairly precarious position – whether he plays well or poorly, he might find himself on thin ice with the Flames. A Brief History of Sam Bennett Bennett had the attention of NHL scouts from a young age, as he was teammates and occasional linemates with Connor McDavid growing up. He became a star with the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs, earning him the designation as the top North American skater available in the 2014 NHL Draft according to the Central Scouting Service. He famously was unable to do any pull-ups at...
October 18th, 2018
Long Read

When the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a trade on June 23, 2018 that sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton to Carolina, it had the potential to be monumental. It meant breaking up a defense pair of Mark Giordano and Hamilton that had been the Flames' best and one of the league's best pairs the past two seasons. It was a move that could have had serious repercussions on both players as well as both teams. However, as it's played out in the early portions of the season, Giordano and Hamilton have been fine apart from each other. Hamilton's Arrival in Calgary As most fans are aware of, Hamilton wasn't a lifelong Calgary Flame. Rather, they acquired him from the Boston Bruins in June 2015, nearly three years to the day before his trade to the Hurricanes. As a Bruin, he played in 178 games with 22 goals and 83 points across three seasons from age 19 through 21. He primarily played on a pair with Zdeno Chara and had success, including his final season when he averaged over 20...

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Theo Fleury - It's the Size of the Heart That Matters!

  Theo Fleury, born in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of three sons.  His father, Wally, also played hockey but an injury prevented him from reaching the professional ranks.  As with most young children in Canada, Fleury grew up skating and playing hockey at every opportunity, often... May 14th, 2018