Top 10 NHL UFA Defensemen 2016

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It’s rare when a true top pairing blueliner is among the top 10 NHL UFA defensemen, and 2016 will follow suit. Keith Yandle and Alex Goligoski were recently locked up by the Florida Panthers and the Arizona Coyotes, respectively, weakening the pool of available players. However, there are still a number of second pairing and depth options […] READ MORE


OTPP 2016 NHL Trade Deadline Edition

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Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Powerplay with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere. In this episode Dave and Ben break down all the big […] READ MORE


Kris Russell Traded to Dallas Stars

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Calgary Flames defenceman Kris Russell, once expected to re-sign with the Flames, has been traded to the Dallas Stars, pending a trade call in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, forward prospect Brett Pollock and a conditional second round pick. Kris Russell Traded to Dallas Stars Russell, 28, is a Red Deer, Alberta native who was acquired by the […] READ MORE


Mark Giordano Signs Six-Year/$40.5 Million Extension

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The Flames have locked up a key piece on their blueline moving forward Tuesday afternoon. The #Flames have re-signed #TheCaptain to a six-year contract ~ http://t.co/1HKSh8k9ZV pic.twitter.com/CEsZqHomdM — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 25, 2015 AAV Os $6.75M — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 25, 2015 Giordano, who will turn 32 this October, has had quite a […] READ MORE


What the Canucks Need to do to Win Game 3

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After surrendering Game 1 to the Calgary Flames in heartbreaking fashion, a Kris Russell game-winner with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Canucks skated to a well deserved 4-1 victory in Game 2, and now head to Calgary with a chance to take back home-ice advantage. After multiple years without playoff hockey, the Saddledome will […] READ MORE


Calgary Flames: It's Through Heart and Determination

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In a season that has been filled with uncertainty for the Calgary Flames, one thing that those around the league did not expect was the compete level that this young team would bring heading into the 2013-2014 season. Starting off the season with a record of 3-1-2 in their first six games, the Flames had […] READ MORE


New Year's Resolutions for the Flames

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What’s a new year without a few resolutions? Here are three for the Calgary Flames to take into 2014. Be Bold in the Trade Market When Jay Feaster was shown the door, Brian Burke explained that the pace of Calgary’s rebuild was a key factor in the decision. As young as this rebuild is, according […] READ MORE


What the Smid Trade Means for Calgary

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On Nov. 8, the Calgary Flames acquired defenceman Ladislav Smid and goaltender Olivier Roy from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit. This week, the trade is broken down to determine what the transaction means for Flames Nation. Additions Experienced, gritty and defensively-minded, Ladislav Smid is an instant upgrade […] READ MORE


Giordano-less Flames Must Find Defensive Game

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When it was determined that team captain and top defenceman Mark Giordano had suffered a broken ankle, the Calgary Flames expected the injury to create a significant hole in their lineup. And they were hoping to do a better job of filling it than they have thus far. Giordano, who broke his ankle while blocking […] READ MORE


Leafs and Flames A Smart Match For A Deal?

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It has been said that the trade rumours surrounding Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Jake Gardiner are dying down. But as most of those familiar with the league know, such trends can find themselves completely reversed in the blink of an eye.  And while many assert that the defenceman is far too promising a player to […] READ MORE