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  1. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS – RADIO SHOW | EPISODE 10 Player Survey, Calgary Flames Outlook, and Dirtiest Player Brad Burud talks about a NHL player survey done by Kevin Allen of USA Today. What do players think about concussions, surprise teams, expansion, and the potential lockout. The answers may just surprise you. Then Auddie James joins the show to breakdown the Calgary Flames. The positives and negatives and expectations for this season. Other NHL news such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary arena problems, and sports collectables. Then in this episodes poll we breakdown the dirtiest players in the league. PODCAST
  2. THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 29 NHL Draft Shuffle, Flames/Canes Trade and Top Targets Debate 1 |NHL Draft – Winners and Losers Debate 2 |Flames/Canes Blockbuster Trade Debate 3 |NHL Free-Agents and Trade Targets Its NHL Draft time and Brad Burud and Blake Friars breakdown the winners and losers, and what players moved up and what players fell in the draft. The Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes hooked up on a blockbuster trade. Who won this deal, and why did this deal go down? NHL free agency is coming quick. Where will players sign and who is on the trade block? PODCAST
  3. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS – RADIO SHOW | EPISODE 7 Flames Fallout, New Taylor Hall, and Season Ticket Drives The Inside Edge Hockey News Brad Burud discusses the struggles this year in Calgary. Will the Flames make big off-season moves if they fail to make the playoffs. Why is Taylor Hall thriving in New Jersey? How would Regina do with a season ticket drive? PODCAST LISTEN
  4. THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 19 Flameout in Calgary, Canadian Media, and Panthers Alive and Well PODCAST Debate 1 | The Calgary Flameout Debate 2 | Canadian Media Criticism Debate 3 | Florida Panthers Alive and Well Brad Burud and Blake Friars breakdown the Calgary Flames struggles and discuss the multitude of reasons for their drop in the standings. They will also dive into Canadian media and their treatment and pressure they put on Canadian professional hockey teams. The Florida Panthers are back in the playoff race. Why is this and will they continue this success and make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  5. Last years regular season struggles and failure to make the playoffs left many in Calgary shaking their heads. The challenges the Flames faced last season may just have been minimal to the challenges that they faced during the off-season. Goaltending was a critical issue, and getting key RFA players signed was also a very high priority. With the trade for Brian Elliott done, and the goaltending question answered it was time to tackle the RFA troubles. First the Flames locked up young star center Sean Monahan. He signed a seven-year $44.625 million dollar contract, which boiled down to a $6.365 million annual hit. The focus then turned to the speedy Johnny Gaudreau. Well that negotiation has taken longer to solve, and what many thought would be a formality may just have turned into their biggest off-season challenge. Negotiations are currently on hold until after the World Cup of Hockey, and many in Calgary are starting to worry a bit. Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reported that Gaudreau and his agent are looking for a $8 million dollar deal. Calgary has reportedly been in the $6.5 million dollar category. Francis reported, “Sources say Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross, is asking for a payday in the $8-million range while the Flames are pushing to pay between what Sean Monahan signed for ($6.375 million annual average value) and what captain Mark Giordano makes (a team-high $6.75 million AAV).” The Flames hold the cards on this deal since Gaudreau is restricted, and is not eligible to presented an offer-sheet. But the Flames also do not want to get into a huge contract battle with the young fan favorite. According to Francis, “Flames fans can relax a bit, there is no way this will not get worked out, and no way that Gaudreau will not be in the Flames lineup come opening night.” It is very important that they find some common ground and get this deal done. The Flames cannot afford to not have the face of the team ready to start the season. I look for the Flames to lock him up right after the World Cup, and it looks as though $7 million a year for 6 years may just be the common ground. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS
  6. Goaltending Top Off-Season Priority in Calgary The disappointment of the 2015-2016 has really brought to light some glaring problems in Calgary. The most obvious is goaltending. The Flames uncharacteristically started the season with three goaltenders signed to one-way contracts. All three goaltenders had promising futures, but unfortunately none of them stepped up to be a full-fledged starting NHL goalie. Coming off a very impressive playoff run in 2016 the Flames future looked very bright. This years struggles have brought the rebuild back to reality. With a strong defensive pair in Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie in tact for the future, and a strong offensive core the features young stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan (both of which are restricted free-agents, but are both likely to be resigned) the future looks bright in Calgary. The one glaring and I mean glaring problem is goaltending. This poor goaltending topic has been acknowledged by Flames general manager Brad Treliving.. It was recently confirmed by Eric Francis of he Calgary Sun that Treliving stated “finding a starting goaltender is top priority in the offseason.” “No ifs, ands, or buts.” It is very unlikely that the Flames will sign any of the three pending unrestricted free-agents Jonas Hiller, Niklas Backstrom, and Karri Ramo . Their careers as Flames look to be done, and as for young goalie Joni Ortio the future is yet to be determined. The pending restricted free-agent will probably be resigned to a short contract, and will likely fill the back-up role in Calgary next season. With future goaltender prospects such as Jon Gillies, and Mason McDonald working their way though the junior and minor hockey ranks the Flames need an NHL ready starter for next season. So who is available, and who will the Flames go after? The unrestricted free agent goalies are more plentiful than most years. San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer heads the list of possible goalie targets for the Flames. The aging Cam Ward has also been mentioned, but he is a little less likely of a target. Alex Stalock, Jhonas Enroth, and Jonas Gustavsson are potentials, but none of them fit the NHL ready starting goalie tag the Flames are looking for. There is also the opportunity for trade options. Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen heads that list. Andersen looks to have all the skills and capabilities of filling the Flames needs. Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning is also rumored to be available. The level of play performed by Andrei Vasilevsky just may have the Lightning convinced he is the goalie of the future, thus making the services of Bishop expendable. It will be interesting to see if the Flames pursue a trade or opt for the free-agent route. If they choose the free-agency route I look for them to go after James Reimer very hard. If they go for the trade route I look for them to pursue Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks. I do know that the Flames are taking this problem very serious, and changes will be made this off-season. Good teams are built from the net out, and this problem will be addressed. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS * Photo Credit - USAToday Sports Images
  7. [Hidden Content] The Calgary Flames clinched a playoff spot on Thursday, but let's not forget all those amazing moments from earlier on in the season. I can't wait for Wednesday!
  8. It seems only TSN hockey analyst Aaron Ward expected the kind of start the Calgary Flames seem to be on this season. With 33 points through their first 23 games, the Flames are just one point behind for first in the West. Their red-hot start is a far cry from last season when the Flames finished 13th in the West in front of only their Alberta counterparts, the Edmonton Oilers. Though much of this season’s success can be attributed to the career year of captain Marc Giordano (who was just named NHL’s first star of November), much can also be accredited to 30-year-old Jiri Hudler. The 5-foot-10 center is currently in his third season with Calgary and is on pace for a career high season. The Olomouc, Czech Republic native has 11 goals and 23 points in the team’s first 24 games of the season and on pace for 37 goals and 77 points. Though these would be career numbers for Hudler, the fact is he has seen an increase in his offensive production ever since he came to Calgary. During his time with Detroit, who drafted him in 2002, 58th overall in the second round, between 2003 and 2012 Hudler played 409 games as a Red Wing recording 87 goals and 214 points. That comes out as a points per game of 0.52. Meanwhile in his three seasons with the Flames Hudler has amassed 38 goals and 104 points in 141 games, a points per game of 0.73. This points per game change with the Flames means that in a full 82 game season Hudler is putting up an average of 18 more points with the Flames than he did with the Red Wings. Another big reason for Hudler’s improved offense is because of the role he has been thrusted into in Calgary. The Czech is enjoying a career high in ice-time this season averaging 17:55 a night, while his highest average during his time with Detroit was 15:40 in 2011-12. Hudler has also seen a career high shooting percentage, finding the back of the net on 28.2 per cent of his shots. And he has also has recorded 78.3 per cent of his points (nine goals and 18 points)this season while at even strength. While Hudler has also had a knack for scoring clutch goals for his team, with three of his goals being markers that have tied the game. Of course it is always important to note that it is still very early on in the season and paces usually tend to drop off at some point. However, what is clear is that Hudler has seem to have found a home in Calgary and if the Flames do happen to make it to the post-season you can bet that Hudler will definitely be a big reason for it, and someone the team will look upon to lead the way. Follow me on Twitter: @Craig_Hagerman. Photo Courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHL via Getty Images
  9. It’s been a pretty busy past couple weeks for the Calgary Flames, the organization said hello to their new President of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke and goodbye to long-time goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. With these two big changes to the club we could see some drastic changes coming for the Flames and after coming off their worst season in over a decade this past season, this should come as good news to Flames fans. With the departure of the franchise all-time leader in wins, filling the gap in net left by Kiprusoff will be very interesting. Last season in just 48 games the Flames used 4 different goalies and while Kiprusoff actually had the worst stats of the four tenders, recording a 3.44 goals against average and an 0.888 save percentage. The three other goalies that saw ice time for the Flames last year all saw numbers that ranged around 3.00 goals against average and a high 0.800 save percentage, both not acceptable for a starting goalie in the NHL. So, who takes the reigns this year? Going into training camp it seems that the position could be wide open to any goaltender that can impress Bob Hartley and the coaching staff. One name that could make a splash is Finn Kari Ramo. Ramo had a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning between 2006 and 2009 and after failing to live up to the organization’s standards, Ramo left to play in the KHL. While playing for Avangard Omsk of the KHL the past two seasons, Ramo put up a save percentage of 0.925% in 2012 and 0.929% this past season. Ramo has also kept his goals against average under 2.00 the past two seasons. If Ramo can bring this same level of play back with him from Europe there is no reason why he couldn’t be the man to take the lead in Calgary. The other tender in the organization that is likely to be given the opportunity to prove he is starting goalie material is Joey MacDonald. MacDonald is coming into his second season with the Flames organization and after serving as a back-up with the Flames last year he is hoping that the departure of Kiprusoff means he will get the chance to finally play the bulk of the games this season. MacDonald played in 21 games last season going 8-9-1 while putting up a 2.87 goals against average and a 0.902 save percentage. Though these numbers aren’t spectacular, for a team that isn’t very deep with goaltending they aren’t terrible either. There is no doubt that if MacDonald gets the starting position these numbers will have to improve. However, at 33 years of age MacDonald is the veteran goalie on the team and he may finally get the chance to prove his worth to both the organization and the rest of the league. As for other changes that could come to the Flames, those could come from the new man in charge, Brian Burke. With Burke now in position as the team’s new President of Hockey Operations this means General Manager Jay Feaster will report to Burke. However, if Burke really wants to make a splash in Calgary and turn this team around relieving Feaster of his duties as GM might be the best thing he can do for the team. Feaster has been at the helm of the organization since 2011. After Darryl Sutter was fired Feaster, Sutter’s assistant at the time, took over. Since he has been given the job of General Manager, Feaster has both failed to bring in big names to help the organization while also trading away key players without a good return. The first of these trades being the trade that saw Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, and Fredrik Sjostrom go to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nicklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, and Ian White. Phaneuf has since been named captain of the Maple Leafs and has become arguably the team’s best defenseman, while the only piece left of the trade in Calgary is Matt Stajan. Stajan is coming off a season that saw him record just 5 goals and 23 points in 43 games for the Flames, to put things into perspective. The other big trade that Feaster has seemed to have lost on is the recent Jarome Iginla trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Feaster dealt the franchise’s all-time scorer to the Pens in exchange for prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenneth Agostino, and the Pens first round draft pick that turned out to be Morgan Klimchuk. Now although these players have yet to hit their mark and in some cases even make it into the lineup of an NHL game, it already seems like the Flames failed to receive equal value for the trade. The Penguins are a stacked team who have arguably the biggest abundance of talented roster players, which is why it seems shocking that Feaster would not have looked to receive a roster ready player as part of the deal. He could have added a player that could have helped the team immediately, especially knowing that removing Iginla from the lineup would create a massive hole in the team’s roster. Besides making questionable trades, Feaster has also been known to bring players back who have already served with the team (both on his own and while serving with Darryl Sutter). Feaster has brought back Oli Jokinen (now with the Winnipeg Jets), Alex Tanguay (now with the Colorado Avalanche), and Mike Cammalleri, players that never really panned out with the organization, but were brought back regardless. These players are all players that seem to have already played their best years in the NHL and bringing them back served very little to the organization. Burke needs to sit down with Feaster and discuss the direction in which the team should be heading and suggest in better ways to do that and if Feaster can’t make a change in how he makes transactions then maybe Burke should find someone else who can. In all, this should be a very interesting season for the Calgary Flames. It will be a season that will rely heavily on players trying to fill in the gaps of some of the franchise’s great players and management trying to find the best players to do so. Follow me on Twitter @Craig_Hagerman

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