UFA Profile: Cory Sarich

May 29th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

With his five year contract now complete, defenseman Cory Sarich enters unrestricted free agency for the second time in his career.  The first time lead him to Calgary.  Where will the second time see him end up? Pros Sarich is probably the most feared physical player on the Flames roster and we’ve seen that ability [...]

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UFA Profile: Scott Hannan

May 25th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

We’ll start our look at pending Flames unrestricted free agents by profiling a defenseman who just finished his first season with Calgary.  Scott Hannan signed with the Flames late in the summer of 2011 and his situation is much the same as it was one year ago.  He’s a free agent facing an uncertain future, [...]

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RFA Profile: Mikael Backlund

May 18th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

Being a former first round draft pick, the expectations on Mikael Backlund are higher than they might be on other pending restricted free agents.  Even though the 2011/2012 season had it’s difficult moments for Backlund, I think there are a lot of postives to look forward to in the coming years. Mikael Backlund, 23 , [...]

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Flames Coaching Open Discussion

May 16th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

Who should be the next Head Coach of the Calgary Flames?  I want to use this blog to get your ideas on who you think would be a good choice for the job, using comments to have a discussion. Our Program Director Kelly Kirch, Boomer, and I have come up with a composite list of [...]

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RFA Profile: Blair Jones

May 14th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

As we continue our profiles of pending restricted and unrestricted free agents for the Calgary Flames, our focus turns to Blair Jones.  Spending just under half the season with Calgary, Jones certainly showed the Flames some compelling traits.  Will they be compelling enough for a longer term stay with the team, though? Blair Jones, 25, [...]

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RFA Profile: Blake Comeau

May 4th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

Over the next little while, we’re going to preview all of Calgary’s pending unrestricted and restricted free agent players.  We’ll start with the restricted players who remain Flames property even if they don’t sign by July 1st.  Blake Comeau just finished his first season with Calgary and poses one of the more interesting off season [...]

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Roman Cervenka: Why Not?

May 2nd, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

The Calgary Flames signed KHL center Roman Cervenko to a one year contract on Wednesday afternoon.  Signing the Czech product signifies a fairly large shift in philosophy for the Flames and has very little downside, with some great potential upside. “We are an organization that needs to bring in that skill, and we need to [...]

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Smith and Kiprusoff: Eerily Similar

April 30th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith has translated his brilliant regular season into something even more impressive in the 2012 NHL postseason.  He’s one of the breakout stars of this playoff campaign, and he bears striking similarities to a goaltender we know very well in this city. Just over eight years ago, Miikka Kiprusoff burst onto the [...]

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Second Round Playoff Preview

April 27th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

After going a dismal 3-5 in the first round of the playoffs, I shall now embarass myself again by publishing my picks for the second round of the NHL postseason.  I believe St. Louis is the class of the remaining teams, but they have a very difficult matchup upcoming. St. Louis Blues (2) vs. Los [...]

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Jarome Iginla: Playing to Strength

April 19th, 2012 by Pat Steinberg

The captain of the Calgary Flames can still score as his 32 goals this past season will speak to.  With 11 consecutive 30 goal seasons, Iginla is still very dangerous from the offensive blueline in.  But with his 35th birthday around the corner, there are things that can be done to make him even more [...]

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