Friday's Hot Coals: A New Era?

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: 13th overall pick .Sven Baertschi by the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally altered.) (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

According to Mike Colligan of Forbes, the Flames may be adopting more advanced statistical techniques in their player evaluation with the hiring of Chris Snow.  Apparently this won't get in the way of trading draft picks for goons though.

The trade for PL3 (Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond) seems a bit shady, but the signing of Max Reinhart appears to be a nice step in the right direction.

Corey Pronman took a look at the Flames top prospects at Hockey Prospectus.

This is a fantastic post by Scott Reynolds at Copper n' Blue summarizing the Flames off-season so far.

On a non-Flames front, I really like George E. Ays post on what Brandon Dubinsky's contract should be worth.

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