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Hoping and Waiting: The NHL Lockout Looms

The lockout is looming and fans are forced to sit and wait while the NHL and NHLPA fight it out in the boardroom.

Fans have zero power and it's never more evident than right now.

Flames add Jiri Hudler: Feaster not done

The Flames added some offensive punch by signing Jiri Hudler to a 4 year deal worth $16 million.

Just three days earlier Feaster signed Dennis Wideman to a big contract.

It doesn't look like Feaster is done yet either.

Flames get ahead of the 8-Ball

It was a busy day for the Calgary Flames as they traded and signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Washington Capitals and re-signed forward Blake Comeau.

Mark Jankowski

Not many, if any, predicted Mark Jankowski would be the newest Flames prospect but after trading down from 14 to 21 in Friday nights first round, Jay Feaster and co. had their mind set and made the pick, going off the board. It was a bold move, one that has many wondering if it was best for the Flames organization.

2012 NHL Draft Liveblog presented by TCL

As the 2012 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Pittsburgh, follow along in The Checking Line's liveblog! 

There will be plenty of discussion between readers and writers about trades, picks, and prospects. Chat away as the time ticks down before your favorite team's selection.

The live blog will open at 6:30 p.m. and run until the draft ends, or until the commentary stops! 

 

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Mock Draft 2012: Picks 1-10

My annual mock draft concludes today with picks 1 to 10. The Oilers have the 1st overall pick for the third consecutive season but whether they keep the pick or who they pick is still up in the air. It looks to be a busy draft and a great way to kick-off the NHL off-season.

Mock Draft 2012: Picks 11-20

In part two of my annual mock draft, picks 11 thru 20 are highlighted as I try to predict which prospects go where. Day two of my mock draft brings the Calgary Flames front and center at number 14. Will they take a forward or will they take a defenseman? Derrick Pouliot is a name to watch for when Jay Feaster and co. make their selection.

TCL And Grinder Threads Draft Week Sale: 30% Off Everything!

Heading to a draft or NHL free agency day party with nothing to wear? Fret not, The Checking Line and Grinder Threads have you covered as we enter summer!

In celebration of one of the most wonderful times of the year for hockey fans, we're offering our readers a 30% discount on everything in the Grinder Threads store! T-shirts, hoodies, you name it, you've got it at almost a third the cost. Those fancy TCL-branded t-shirts (in black AND fancy bright red) and sweaters we keep bragging about? They can be yours for next to nothing

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Mock Draft 2012: Picks 21-30

The NHL season has come to an end but the fun is about to begin. Friday is the 50th anniversary of the NHL Entry Draft as it takes place in Pittsburgh. With Mock Draft’s and trade rumors flooding the internet, everyone wants to know who is going where and who is picking who. Today post features picks 21-30.

Hartley and Feaster Together Again

After a second interview and a thanks but no thanks to the Montreal Canadiens, the Flames officially announced the hiring of Bob Hartley as their new head coach and 15th head coach in Franchise history.