FF80F Podcast: Episode 9 - With the Flames Heating Up, TSN's Jermain Franklin Stopped By

After a rocky start to the season, the Flames have turned things around. This past weekend in which Calgary's skills competition on Saturday was sandwiched by back-to-back wins on Friday and Sunday, longtime Calgary TSN correspondent and all-round great guy Jermain Franklin joined me as a guest and we covered all sorts of terrain in an enjoyable one-hour sit-down.Topics Broached...
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Hunter Shinkaruk Sent To Stockton

The Calgary native is on his way back to the AHL. The Flames have sent Hunter Shinkaruk back to Stockton to rejoin the Heat. The #Flames have assigned Hunter Shinkaruk to the @AHLHeat ~ https://t.co/KXy96YyljY pic.twitter.com/u8ABEYnIXD— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) December 5, 2016 The move isn't terribly surprising as the forward hasn't been overly effective and...
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19 hours ago

The Flames Organization Finally Has Goaltending Depth

There has been success at all levels. The Flames had enviable goaltending stability for almost a decade. Miikka Kiprusoff was the unquestioned starting goaltender from when he arrived in 2003 until he retired after his one rough season in 2013. Between the 05-06 season and the 11-12 season, he played between 70 to 76 regular season games per year. Unreal numbers. He generally did...
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21 hours ago

3 Things From Week 8

Johnny’s back, the PK is on fire and Mark Jankowski makes his debut. The Flames just finished up a very busy week with 4 games in 7 days and they went 3-0-1 over that span. Not too shabby. The Flames swept all 3 games at the Dome and now they hit the road for a quick two game trek to Dallas and Phoenix. Here’s 3 Things that happened last week that are worth discussing. Johnny...
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23 hours ago

Gaudreau scores in return, Flames rout Ducks 8-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in his return from a broken finger, and the Calgary Flames scored five times in a 6:04 span of the second period to rout the Anaheim Ducks 8-3 on Sunday night. It was a surprise when it was revealed in the morning that Gaudreau would be back in the lineup less than three weeks after surgery that was expected to keep...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Flames With Defense Gap to Fill?

Coming into the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, there was much noise made about the Calgary Flames and their impressive blue line. Heading into the year, the Flames boasted the likes of Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton under lengthy contracts. That trio provided the basis for a defensive group that seemed impressive on paper until the readers’ eyes drifted...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Wild fall in shootout against Flames

CALGARY, Alberta -- Sean Monahan scored the shootout winner in the Calgary Flames' 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.Monahan waited out Devan Dubnyk before snapping a shot over the goalie's right pad. Calgary's Chad Johnson then stopped Charlie Coyle's attempt at the other end to seal the victory.Kris Versteeg scored in regulation and the shootout, and Mikael Backlund...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames: Chad Johnson earning his playing time

The Calgary Flames knew what was missing over the summer. They signed a starting goalie, which had a huge playoff run last season. Then they signed a backup who had a solid season for a rebuilding franchise centered on a second overall pick. In a furious twist, the backup has become the notable starter, while the perceived starter is trying to earn his way back. Calgary fans have...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trading Hamilton Simply Outrageous

Hamilton was a force in his time with the Boston Bruins. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) Drafted ninth overall by Boston in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Dougie Hamilton had a bright future ahead of himself with the Bruins. Expected to supplant an aging Zdeno Chara, Hamilton was pegged as a future top-pairing, number one defenseman, and a young player around which a winning franchise...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Evolution of Mark Jankowski

Mark Jankowski, the dark-horse first round pick from 2012, travelled more than 7,000 miles over six days last week to play just ten minutes of NHL hockey. His debut came at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night after what can only be described as a colorful and slow-paced journey to the NHL for such a highly ranked prospect. After all, when Jankowski was drafted, NHL general...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Report: Flames listening to offers on Dougie Hamilton, Leafs interested?

Dougie Hamilton has had a tough time developing into the top-pairing defenseman Calgary envisioned when they dealt a slew of draft picks for the talented 23-year-old last offseason. Seemingly not a fit for the organization, Calgary might be ready to move on. Bob McKenzie appeared on TSN 1050 where he said the Flames are listening on the defenseman and the Leafs are interested. “I’m...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Q1 Awards: Best and Worst Performances From the First Quarter of the Flames Season

With the Calgary Flames 8-12-1 at the one-quarter mark of the regular season and sitting in fifth in the Pacific Division, here is a look back on the good, the bad and the ugly from the first six weeks.1. Best Player 1. Michael Frolik Has gotten off to a terrific start as the club leader in goals (6) and points (14). He also has two shorthanded goals as well as an OT goal, Still...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Deryk Engelland: A Lighthouse on Defence, Standing out Amongst a Dark and Stormy Sea

If only the rest of the Flames blueline were playing as consistently as Deryk Engelland.It's a statement that would have got you cut-off at the bar the last two seasons, but this year, truer words may never have been spoken, and it sums up what's been a disappointing start for a team in which there were greater expectations. Steady but never spectacular, the club's oldest player...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

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