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Michael Frolik and his teammates

Matchsticks and Gasoline (Mike FAIL) — Earlier, we alluded to the incredible impact Frolik has on his teammates. Let's take an in depth look at the magnitude of his presence. One of the biggest selling features of why Michael Frolik ...
  • New: 5 hr 51 min ago

Brad Treliving knew what he wanted in the free agent frenzy, and he got it

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — Brad Treliving is the man with the plan, and by god, he's going to execute it. This time a week ago, the Calgary Flames were nowhere near as good as they are now. What looked like what was...
  • New: 6 hr 21 min ago

Flames trade Max Reinhart to Predators for conditional fourth round pick

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — The oldest Reinhart didn't seem to have much of a future with the Flames, and now, he has none at all. There was once a time when Max Reinhart was one of the Calgary Flames ' better prospects....
  • New: 7 hr 13 min ago

Calgary Flames sign former Ottawa Senator Derek Grant to two-way deal

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — Not every deal has to be a blockbuster. Grant likely won't make an impact in Calgary, but game on for Stockton. The Calgary Flames haven't been sitting on their laurels since signing Karri...
  • New: 8 hr 48 min ago

Michael Frolik by the numbers

Matchsticks and Gasoline (Mike FAIL) — Frolik became a highly coveted forward in what many regard as a weak UFA class this summer. Make no mistake, Frolik is an excellent add to this Calgary Flames squad. The overarching theme of ...
  • New: 9 hr 41 min ago

Calgary Flames sign Michael Frolik to five year deal worth $4.3 million per

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — The Flames have no right wingers. Actually, now they do, and a pretty good one at that. There's no doubt about it: the Calgary Flames know just what they have to do to fix their team, and...
  • New: 10 hr 25 min ago

Flames re-sign UFA goaltender Karri Ramo

Matchsticks and Gasoline (Mike FAIL) — "Grand Theft Ramo" is back in Calgary on a one year deal. It all but seemed the Calgary Flames were looking to other goaltending options this coming season, with Ramo on the out. After pursuing...
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Flames free agent targets: Matt Bartkowski, Raphael Diaz, and David Schlemko

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — These three familiar faces could all provide solid defensive depth for the Flames in the coming seasons. The Calgary Flames ' defence situation was thrown for a wild, completely unexpected loop...
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Flames free agent targets: RWs Michael Frolik, PA Parenteau, Justin Williams, and Alexander Semin

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — The Flames have little depth on the right wing. Any one of these four right wingers - who are all positive possession players, by the by - could help out with that. It's no secret the Calgary...
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2014-15 report cards: Karri Ramo's season

Matchsticks and Gasoline (ctibs) — We conclude a month of report cards with pending UFA goaltender Karri Ramo, and what the Flames should do moving forward. It was a chaotic season for Karri Ramo . After being the only capable...
  • 1 day 7 hr ago

Where does Dougie Hamilton fit on the Flames' blueline?

Matchsticks and Gasoline (LiamPMcCausland) — In which M&G takes a look at the potential defensive pairings available to the Flames for 2015-16. The signing of Dougie Hamilton is, without doubt, a huge coup for the Flames . Not only have...
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Flames sign Dougie Hamilton to six-year, $5.75 million per year deal

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — This is incredible. When it comes to Dougie Hamilton, the Flames are beyond perfect. In Treliving we trust. It seems that when it comes to Dougie Hamilton , the Calgary Flames can't help but...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Flames free agent targets: Zbynek Michalek, Francois Beauchemin, and Barret Jackman

Matchsticks and Gasoline (Mike FAIL) — There could be an opportunity to make further adjustments in free agency. It's definitely worth examining and these three could be options in the short-term. After adding Dougie Hamilton , and...
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Flames in on Cody Franson?

Matchsticks and Gasoline (HockeyGoalieEh) — All of your right handed defensemen are belong to us. The future of the Calgary Flames defense was bolstered considerably this weekend when they acquired established N.H.L.'er Dougie Hamilton...
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Hakan Loob on Oliver Kylington: "Sign him right away and bring him over to North America"

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — Former Flame Hakan Loob is very, very, very, very high on Oliver Kylington's potential. Actually, that might be an understatement. Oliver Kylington was expected to be a top pick in the 2015 NHL...
  • 2 days ago

Flames qualify Dougie Hamilton, Lance Bouma, Micheal Ferland, nine other RFAs

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — Of the Flames' 15 restricted free agents, 12 have been qualified, sending the remaining three to free agency. Free agency is just a couple of days away. Before we can get to that, there is a bit...
  • 2 days ago

Former Flames defenseman Phil Housley heading to HHOF

Matchsticks and Gasoline (Mike FAIL) — The former offensively gifted defenseman is heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Housley's career saw him play in Buffalo, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago, and...
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2014-15 Flames report cards: Matt Stajan

Matchsticks and Gasoline (LiamPMcCausland) — A standout year for Matty Franchise saw him finally find his place, and receive praise for it. When talking about Matt Stajan , it is really easy to go into his personal story: how he overcame...
  • 2 days ago

UFA's David Schlemko, Raphael Diaz, and Karri Ramo end up in the Top 50 Plays of 2014-15 Season

Matchsticks and Gasoline (saltysyd) — The Calgary Flames made the Sportsnet Top 50 Plays of 2014-15 not once, not twice, but THREE times. And they're all players who may not be around next season. The Calgary Flames ended up in...
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How much does Dougie Hamilton want?

Matchsticks and Gasoline (arii) — Elite young defencemen don't come cheap, after all. Dougie Hamilton is the most interesting restricted free agent in the NHL. That's what happens when a 22-year-old who looks set to become a...
  • 3 days ago