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Should the City of Calgary Subsidize Hundreds of Millions to the Calgary Flames? CalgaryNext, New Arena, Olympics, and more

Should the City of Calgary Subsidize Hundreds of Millions to the Calgary Flames? CalgaryNext, New Arena, Olympics, and more

Updated June 10th, 2017. Yesterday, the Calgary Sun released a piece throwing their support behind sending hundreds of millions of public dollars to the private enterprise Flames organization. Apart from the garbage journalism (that we expect with the Sun), it didn’t do justice to the overall situation of public dollars for billionaire owned sports arenas. Here’s the best piece of read thus far on the topic pertaining to Calgary. Two years in, and still no critical thought of the new…

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Golf Flames Golf – A Playoff Recap

Golf Flames Golf – A Playoff Recap

Views. A post shared by Calgary Flames (@nhlflames) on Apr 17, 2017 at 9:12pm PDT Now that the dust has settled and the abbreviated playoff appearance is over, fans can look back at the debacle that was this year’s first round series vs the Anaheim Ducks. Going into the series everyone remarked how this team was better than the one that went out 4-1 two years ago against a similar Ducks team. Instead, it was worse, much worse. Although in…

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First Round Match: Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks

First Round Match: Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks

See you soon, #NHLDucks. The #Flames will take on Anaheim in Round One of the #NHLPlayoffs! pic.twitter.com/xBaTlMgN91 — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 10, 2017 And so it begins. The 2016-2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs start on Wednesday, and this year’s edition will feature 5 Canadian teams including the Flames who being their quest on Thurdsay. First Round Schedule (All Games on CBC) Game 1: April 13 at Anaheim, 8:30 p.m. Game 2: April 15 at Anaheim, 8:30 p.m. Game 3: April…

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Can’t Argue with Evidence – WidemanEffect and Ref Bias Against the Flames

Can’t Argue with Evidence – WidemanEffect and Ref Bias Against the Flames

Last week Elliot Friedman mentioned on Hockey Night in Canada how the league and the Flames brass sat down to talk about the ‘alleged’ increase in Flames penalty calls. The cause of the unusual increase? Refs taking revenge on the club for the Dennis Wideman hit on linesman Don Henderson (who still hasn’t fully recovered). One referee did not find that funny. The next day, he phoned to complain and dropped a bit of a bombshell: The NHL and the…

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Road Swing Wins

Road Swing Wins

The Flames take their mandatory 5 day break that will let other teams pick up some games in hand. We’ll see where the Flames sit come Monday when they face the Coyotes again. The recent trip to the Metro Division was an opportunity to play some consistent hockey, or get blown out of the water. Overall, the team put up some points, surprising everybody. Two points versus Pittsburgh, a good team, was deserved. But there are still some questions, or…

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Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics – Agree or Disagree?

Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics – Agree or Disagree?

I found this clip interesting. Part of my agrees, analytics is the poster child of arm chair enthusiasts and anybody who took a stats class in college. It’s a tool in the toolbox. But part of my disagrees simply because, ironically, the stats on scouting shows that finding bonafide picks is a bit of a crapshoot. Take for instance Detroit and their run over the past 10-15 years of quality, late round picks. How did that happen? Did Detroit just…

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2016-17 Calgary Flames Season Takes Off

2016-17 Calgary Flames Season Takes Off

It came down to the wire but the final roster has been set and the 2015-2016 Calgary Flames season is about to begin. The single questions fans are asking (since thee Gaudreau signing): will the Flames make the playoffs? I would say, YES! The goaltending alone I believe gives the team at minimum 10 extra points. The improvements up front will translate into exciting hockey and more goals. We can only assume that the special teams can go nowhere but…

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Johnny Hockey Signs 6 – Year Deal Just in Time for Season Opener

Johnny Hockey Signs 6 – Year Deal Just in Time for Season Opener

It came down to the wire, but in the end it got done. Johnny Gaudreau, restricted free-agent, has signed a long-term extension for six years with the Flames. The surprise? The price. Some pegged the Gaudreau camp asking price of 8 million. Start high in negotiations I guess. The Flames were reported to be coming in low, around 6.5. In the end, the deal was for just around 6.75 million a year, largely a STEAL of a deal for the…

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Calgary Flames Training Camp Opens

Calgary Flames Training Camp Opens

The 2016-2017 season is a couple weeks away which means the players are all in town ready to kick-off another race to the Cup. Probably the biggest piece of the puzzle for the team–improvement in goal. Here’s Brian Elliot, shedding his all blue pads from his time in St Louis, for a mean all red. Brian Elliott's new All-Red Flames gear