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Calgary acquires Hunter Shinkaruk from the Canucks

23 Feb

Markus Granlund is no longer a Calgary Flame. Hunter Shinkaruk is — or a Stockton Heat anyway.

The Flames were able to swap the 22-year-old for a former 1st round pick in Hunter Shinkaruk. I’m not sure what Vancouver was thinking in this instance, since they are a year behind Calgary in their own rebuild. I guess they figured that they needed some depth at centre, and that they had enough prospects with scoring ability to trade one for a bottom six forward?

Obviously both players still have their careers ahead of them but at this point it seems like Granlund projects to be a middle-6/bottom-6 forward while Shinkaruk’s productions leaves reason to optimistic about his future as a top-6 guy at the NHL level.

It’s not all roses for the Calgary Flames though, at least one Vancouver blogger feels that Granlund may turn out to be a long-term NHLer where Shinkaruk will not. Even though he raises a couple good points, I still like our chances of winning this one long-term.

A Calgary native, Shinkaruk was drafted by the Canucks in the first round (24th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. The 21-year-old has 21 goals and 18 assists in 45 games this season with the AHL’s Utica Comets. The winger made his NHL debut this season on Nov. 16 for Vancouver against Montreal.

Granlund is a 22-year-old forward who has gotten off to a respectable start to his NHL career tallying 14 goals and 28 points in his first 86 NHL games.

Anaheim Ducks 5, Calgary Flames 2

Hey guess what? The Flames lost a game in Anaheim! I know right? It’s shocking that the Flames — who haven’t won in Anaheim in more than a decade — lost another one on Sunday.

Ryan Kesler had two goals and an assist to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames. Patrick Maroon, Ryan Getzlaf and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Ducks (31-19-8).

The Flames (26-29-3), who got goals from Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund, have lost 22 straight regular-season games in Anaheim. Their last win was Jan 19, 2004.


Wideman gets 20 games (seriously), Flames defeat Carolina 4-1

04 Feb

Dennis Wideman and the Players Association appeal the 20-game suspension

I understand that the NHL wants to make an example of Wideman. I understand that the referees and linesman are not to be touched, under any circumstances. I would be okay with Wideman getting fined, or possibly a game or two for running over linesman Don Henderson. You have to be in control of yourself on the ice, right?

But 20 games? For an inadvertent hit that had not intent or malice? Come one, that’s a little ridiculous. You’re talking about a player who’s played over 800 games in the NHL and has never been suspended for anything until now. I find it unfortunate that the media can make something out of nothing which leads to the NHL changing how they operate. This is the second time you’ve seen this happen this week, we all remember that John Scott character.

This is wishy-washy management of the league, with unclear operational processes that can be heavily influenced by social media. Pathetic. I can’t believe they extended Bettman for seven more years.

Calgary Flames 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1

After the rigmarole, the Flames had a game to play.

I don’t know if you can really make the Wideman thing into a motivator, but maybe it was something to rally around. Whatever it was, Calgary came out strong for the first time in a long time.

The biggest thing for me as I watched this game wasn’t Monahan’s four points, or Ramo’s 1-goal outing; it was T. J. Brodie’s knee. I’m going to have to go watch the replay, but I was there at the game sitting on the blue line and that play was offside. It should have been blown dead and we shouldn’t be talking about Brodie being injured while blocking a shot he shouldn’t have had to.

Recap of the game

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Dennis Wideman, the All Star Break and another home loss

29 Jan

Wideman suspended

Dennis Wideman

I saw the hit, and yeah I think there was a bit of a cross-check there. But I do think it was unintentional and Wideman was probably not really thinking about what we was doing, I certainly don’t think it was malicious. That said, you have to always be aware of what you’re doing so I agree he should be punished.

Dennis Wideman has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing for checking and knocking down linesman Don Henderson on Wednesday night. Wideman will have a hearing Tuesday with the NHL’s department of hockey operations.

I can’t imagine there being more than a game or two suspension out of this.

Gaudreau and Giordano off to the All Star game

I’m not really a big fan of the All-Star game, but with Gaudreau in the 3-on-3 format I’ll probably tune in for a little bit. Lord knows I haven’t been able to watch any talented hockey players lately with only the Flames games on the tele.

Full schedule for the All Star Weekend

Captains make picks for All-Star Skills Competition

John Scott ready to have fun in All-Star Game

Nashville Predators 2, Calgary Flames 1

Oh goodie, we lost another 1-goal game.

And in the same fashion as all the others. The Flames got behind early, then tried to rally back in the third as seems to be their game-plan. Only this year it hasn’t been working for them.

Mark Giordano scored for the Flames (21-24-3), who lost the first of a three-game homestand split around the break after going 1-3-1 on a five-game road trip.


Mayor Nenshi yells at Bettman, Regehr retires as a Flame and it was also a game night!

12 Jan

Wow, busy night last night. Let’s begin….

Nenshi yells at Bettman

Okay, maybe ‘yells at’ is a slight exaggeration. Based on Eric Francis’s comments on the Flames broadcast last night, you would have thought Nenshi was too busy hoping Calgary could film more westerns to make time for the commissioner. That seemed to be a strange comment to make, as I don’t think it’s up for debate which industry has boosted the local economy more – Hollywood vs. Hockey.

Since it didn’t pass the sniff test I figured I’d check out exactly what was said.

“I’m in council and I suggested that unless he’s got some new information that’s different than the last time we met him, it’s probably not worth his time,” said Nenshi.

I guess that makes sense to me, both as a Calgary Flames season ticket holder and as a tax-paying citizen. Maybe Eric Francis just missed this comment? Oh wait, he dictated that comment.

Francis then goes on to write that ‘speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Bettman said Nenshi and the rest of city council need to embrace the CalgaryNEXT proposal for it to move forward.'”

Well I think we can all agree on that, that is literally one of those things that ‘goes without saying.’ Council doesn’t embrace paying for a huge chunk of the project, and the Flames refuse to embrace paying for it themselves, then I guess it doesn’t happen. Until perhaps some rich Flames owner dies. No, they know better than to leave their money to a depreciating facility – you don’t get to be rich by making bad decisions!

So as much as it pains me to say this, both Bettman and Nenshi are correct. Unless the league has more information to share with the City why bother meeting? Unless Council realized that they’ve been wrong this whole time and wants to now “embrace the CalgaryNEXT proposal.” But I doubt it, that could be a billion dollar mistake.


Eric Francis continues to be a moron. None of this should have surprised anyone. If you want to read an article from an actual journalist, read Eric Duhatschek’s (aka The Smart Eric) take on the comments.

“If your attitude is this has to be all [privately financed], it’s not going to get done – because it’s not an investment that’s cost-justified,” said Bettman. “What you need is an understanding of how these projects can generate revenue that not only pay for themselves, but spur other economic activity that can make a city stronger.”

True that. If the economic activity it spurs in the city is more than then cost to the City, let’s do it. If it doesn’t, then the Flames are going to have to find some more money somewhere. If the projects will never recover the cost in revenue for the Flames or economic growth for the city, then don’t spend money you’ll never get back. No-brainer.

New headline: Francis yells at Nenshi

Robyn Regehr retires as a Flame

I don’t understand why teams do this. Maybe for a franchise player, actually no. Maybe for a Hall of Fame franchise player . But for someone who wasn’t (or isn’t)? I don’t get it. Same argument goes for retiring a number, or the lesser-accolade of being ‘Forever a Flame.’

Hey, I liked Regehr. I thought it was one of the best unnoticeable players to ever lace-up with the Flames. But why didn’t we do this for Gary Roberts? Why didn’t we do this for Al MacInnis? Is it because he had a better relationship with the Blues organization? (same goes for Joe Nieuwendyk and the Dallas Stars). Did we do this for Regehr because he didn’t get any recognition from the Kings? Only the Calgary Flames know for sure…

Anyway, the Flames are typically a classy organization and they treat their alumni well. So I’m going to give them kudos on this move even though I don’t understand it.

San Jose Shares 5, Calgary Flames 4

On top of it all, there was a game to be played.

This one got out of control rather early, but the Flames made a good game of it by the end. San Jose was up 2-0 before the first period was half over, and were up 3-1 by the half-way point of the game.

Then the Sharks got into some penalty trouble. A high-stick on Matt Stajan led to a 4-minute powerplay for the Flames on which the Sharks took another penalty, giving the Flames had a 5-on-3 for two full minutes. Calgary scored twice on that poweplay to tie the game.

However San Jose – being the great road team that they are – came out in the third and scored two more. The Flames were able to score another powerplay goal to draw within one goal (net empty and four minutes to go in the game), but the Sharks were able to kill off the remaining time.

The positives from last night is that Sam Bennett scored (finally) and Micheal Ferland looked great on the top line. I hope that sticks for some time.

A negative? Karri Ramo let in 5 goals on 18 shots. Absolutely atrocious.

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Micheal Ferland moves to the top line with Gaudreau and Monahan

11 Jan

I think this is long overdue. Ever since Jiri Hudler was hurt earlier in the year, coach Bob Harltey has been looking for someone who would fit with the top pairing of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

David Jones was there for a while, and he seemed to do okay for a brief period. However that eventually dried up and Jones was moved to the second line (then the third). After some more line juggling, Joe Colborne was put on the top line, and he just couldn’t do anything while there.

The current line combinations have been updated, now that Ferland moves to the top line against San Jose on Jan 11. Hopefully Hartley gives this experiment more time to mature than just one game.

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Washington Capitals 6, Calgary Flames 2

21 Oct

What is wrong with the Flames?

Typically here I’d start with what is right with the Flames, but I’m not going to do that. Honestly because outside of Michael Frolik and Johnny Gaudreau there isn’t much going right with the Flames. So here are the top things – in order – that the Calgary Flames must fix.

  1. Dougie HamiltonDougie Hamilton – Let’s recap the start of the season shall we? First, his $5.5M contract makes him the highest-paid player on the team. Offensively he has one point in six games, despite being on the ice for over 22 minutes a game and on the first powerplay unit. Defensively he is an abysmal -6 for the season. He also averages a minor penalty per game. He’s getting pushed around despite being 6’6” and 220 lbs. He’s standing and watching guys make passes through his feet and what is most frustrating is that he is letting guys have time in front of the net. There was an argument for lack of chemistry or time learning the system before, but these are fundamental mistakes no NHL defenceman should make.
    The solution? Move him to the bottom six or make him sit a game or two. He’s just hurting you now and can continue his ‘learning process’ from the press box.
  2. GoaltendingHiller is sporting a very bad .833 save percentage. Ramo an even more awful .778. You can say that it’s not the goaltenders fault when your defence can’t defend, but that’s not true. No matter how good the chances are that you give up, everything will average out over the course of a game – or in this case six. Save percentages this bad are unacceptable, and Bob Hartley’s plan of showcasing Hiller as trade bait has backfired. Now you’re lucky if you can trade him as a serviceable backup to someone.
    The solution? This one’s a no-brainer, mostly because you have no choice at this point. Joni Ortio starts the next game and Hartley is hoping like heck that he stands on his head.
  3. Joni Ortio

    Joni Ortio

    Defence – Outside of Hamilton we have another defensive problem, and it’s a big one. Wideman has 5 points already (yay!) but is a -5 (boo!) on the season. Russell has no points and is a -7. Mark Giordano is a -6. So it isn’t just Hamilton, it’s really the top four which was supposed to be among the best top four in the league. Interestingly enough, Deryk Engelland is -2 and Brett Kulak is -1, making them your best defensive pairing, although you could argue that with more ice-time comes more goals allowed.
    The solution? You have to break up the pairings. I understand the Russell / Wideman communication benefits, but breaking them all up will force them – and everyone else – to focus on fundamentals.

  4. The third line – First of all I don’t want to let the first two lines off the hook. Monahan and Gaudreau have scored, yes, but the top line’s 14 points this year are nullified by a combined +/- of -12. I think that Frolik has been a bright spot on the second line, but both Bennett and Backlund are off to slow starts. The fourth line has done everything you could ask of them, Stajan has been a really good fourth-liner, and Jooris, Bollig and Raymond have all been the fine when in the line-up. But the third line of David Jones, Micheal Ferland and until recently Mikael Backlund and Lance Bouma, have been invisible most nights. They are here to intimidate, to bring energy, to chip in offensively, to shut down lines, and none of that has happened so far this year.
    The solution? Well I actually think we’re in mid-solution right now. Backlund has moved up to the second line to get him going, and the absence of Bouma has already made a difference in Ferland, perhaps the added pressure of being the energy-guy helps? Also the return of Joe Colborne means you can juggle him and Stajan as your 3rd and 4th line centres.

Captain Mark Giordano says he doesn’t know why the Flames just can’t keep it together. “It’s everything. It’s not one thing. If we can put our finger on one thing we would stop this, but it’s all of us making bad plays, bad decisions and getting out-battled. Bottom line is this is as disappointing of a stretch as I can remember in a long time and we’ve got to turn it around.”

You’re welcome Gio, I’ve pinpointed the things you have to fix and even how to do it. I’ll expect an 8×10 of the Jack Adams sitting on Hartley’s shelf any day now.

I know the season is young, but that excuse can only last for two more games because at that point they are 10% of the way through the season. And even if they win both games they still started the year 3-5-0 – if. Yikes.

Oh yeah, the game

This has been the same story all year long. Mediocre start, brutal second, not enough third period to save the game.

The Flames came out okay, not too energetic but also not too lethargic. Calgary and Washington had seven shots apiece in the first period, but that’s with four minutes of Calgary powerplay time to Washington’s zero. The powerplay looked just awful. Karri Ramo looked shaky, but made a couple amazing stops to keep them in the game.

Then the second period happened. I’m not sure how the second has become the Achilles heel of the Flames, perhaps they are so focused on good starts and strong finishes that they’ve forgotten there is still a third of the game sandwiched between. On Tuesday the Capitals outshot the Flames 13 to 4 in the middle period, which is how it should be if you have four minutes of powerplay time to your opponents zero (as the Caps had). After letting in a couple real stinkers, Ramo was replaced by Hiller, who wasn’t much better.

The third period was a little more even, but by this point the Flames were down 4-1 and that was simply too much to overcome. Alex Ovechkin reached the 900-point mark with a second-period goal and also had an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 victory against the Calgary Flames. The home loss made it four-straight to start the season, which is the worst home start in franchise history.


Ramo to start the season for the Flames

05 Oct

Bob Hartley Barak Obama Poster HOPERamo to start on Wednesday

The Calgary Flames have chosen Karri Ramo to start their opening game Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks. I guess I’m surprised, but not shocked. I figured it would be Hiller and Ortio with Ramo watching from the press box, but instead it’s Ramo and Hiller with Ortio watching. I’m going to have to defer to Harley on this decision, as he knows a little more about coaching than I do.

Ramo showed during the preseason that he’s ready for the season, and I think that Hiller is a little more tradeable than Ramo is which may have had an unmentioned effect on this decision. I think it’s safe to say we’ll see the Flames rotate starting goalies for the first few games until someone gets hot.

Place your bets

Now I usually don’t pay any attention to odds, but has your Calgary Flames at 28-to-1 favourites to win Lord Stanley’s mug. That’s pretty exciting, especially since we’ve been in the 50-to-100 range the past couple years. Furthermore, (based on their odds) here is where Bodog is ranking the 2015/16 Western Conference teams.

    1. Chicago Blackhawks
    2. Los Angeles Kings
    3. Anaheim Ducks
    4. St. Louis Blues
    5. Nashville Predators
    6. Minnesota Wild
    7. Winnipeg Jets
    8. Calgary Flames
    9. San Jose Sharks
    10. Edmonton Oilers
    11. Dallas Stars
    12. Colorado Avalanche
    13. Vancouver Canucks
    14. Arizona Coyotes


I think they have L.A. way too high, as well as Minnesota and Edmonton. I think San Jose and Dallas should be higher. I think 8th place would suit the Flames just fine.

Are you ready?

I certainly am, even though that was a shorter-than-usual summer it felt like a lifetime. Partly because I’ve finally updated my Jarome Iginla jersey. It took a few years to get over that but I’m welcoming a new style of hockey player to Cow Town.

The Johnny Hockey Jersey

The Johnny Hockey Jersey

Since we’re on random topics, I thought this quote from GM Brad Treliving was pretty cool… Did you have any idea of what to expect from the fans during the playoffs last year?

Brad Treliving: No. No. No I didn’t. I watched TV years ago and you’d see games here but to live it – not just at the arena but around the city – it was excellent. We’ve got the best fans in hockey and it showed. What a great environment to play in. That’s what makes it fun and that’s why we want to get back there. We want to get this city juiced up again. It was a lot of fun.

See the full interview on

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Calgary Flames drop their last two preseason games against the Jets

04 Oct

Winnipeg Jets 3, Calgary Flames 1

I don’t have must to report on this particular game, I didn’t listen to it on the radio because I figured I was recording the game on TSN. Turns out it was blacked out in Calgary. Based on what I read, the Flames were simply out-played by a more veteran Winnipeg lineup. And Ortio was okay, but not great.

Winnipeg Jets 3, Calgary Flames 2

Calgary iced their opening night roster on Saturday yet it wasn’t enough.

The Flames came out flying in the first period, after giving up the first 2 shots they out-shot their opponent 15-3 through the first 20 minutes. However there were no goals to show for their effort.

After the Jets scored in the second the boys from Winterpeg seemed to gain a lot of momentum and really took over the game. That led to another goal in the second and it was looking pretty bleak until Bouma got a dirty goal with about 13 minutes remaining in the game. I’m fairly certain the puck should have been blown dead before he whacked it in.

The Flames pulled Ramo with 90 seconds to go, and the Jets were able to get an empty-netter. That goal ended up being the winner when David Jones scored with 16 seconds left in the game. Just enough to make it interesting, but still a long-shot. That long-shot didn’t lead to anything.

Jiri Hudler was hurt in the first, but Hartley says it is pretty minor and will be back for opening night.

What did preseason tell us?

The Flames came out of the preseason 4-4. They lost the two split-squad games to Edmonton and the home-and-home series to Winnipeg. Other than that they played pretty well.

They still have three goalies, it looks like all three will remain with the club until someone gets hurt – here or elsewhere that could open up a trade. Brett Kulak was the real story out of camp as injuries to Brodie and (still) Smid opened up a roster spot for a youngster. I guess Wilson is still on the books, but after the last game of the preseason I think it’s safe to say that Kulak is your #6 guy.

The last cuts were Shore, Hathaway, Sieloff, Wotherspoon, Nakladal and Morrison. They were all assigned to the Stockton Heat after the first Winnipeg game. That leaves us with an NHL-ready line-up, check it out on the Flames current line combinations page.

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Calgary Flames training camp roster down to 32 after cuts

29 Sep

Cuts are upon us, and as Hartley alluded to last week there have been a lot of them. Twenty-one players have been assigned to the Stockton Heat over the past couple days:

Really no surprises here. Although I think that Poirier should have been kept over Garnet Hathaway. I also thought Rasmus Andersson had a great camp, but was returned to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. At 18 years old, he’ll still have plenty more chances to make this team.

Thirty-two players remain at camp: three goalies, 11 defencemen, and 18 forwards – a list of the all players is below. With T.J. Brodie and Ladislav Smid on the injured reserve, the Flames still have to cut seven players. Wilson is still with the team on a professional tryout, but Douglas Murray was released from his professional tryout contract earlier in the week.

So which D will be here on opening night?

Okay, Flames fans. Pick two of the following:

  • Jakub Nakladal — Czech newcomer, 27 and experienced, suffered a minor undisclosed upper-body injury, which left him skating in a yellow caution jersey on the weekend
  • Brett Kulak — 2012 fourth-rounder, 21, earned a shift in overtime at Rogers Arena and he helped set up Josh Jooris’s golden goal
  • Tyler Wotherspoon — 2011 second-rounder, 22, threw a plus-three rating on the board Saturday
  • Ryan Wilson — 28-year-old, here on a professional tryout offer, skated in only three contests last winter because of shoulder surgery

I’m going to say it’s Wotherspoon and Wilson, as the 6th and 7th guys. Probably trading games until Nakladal is ready to go. After that Brodie will be back and Wotherspoon will become our seventh defencemen.

*UPDATE* Jakub Nakladal says he’s good to go now, and will play against the Avs on Tuesday.

Flames remaining at camp

# Name Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
11 Mikael Backlund 6′ 0″ 198 17 Mar 1989 26 Vasteras, SWE
52 Brandon Bollig 6′ 2″ 223 31 Jan 1987 28 St. Charles, MO, USA
17 Lance Bouma 6′ 1″ 210 25 Mar 1990 25 Provost, AB, CAN
32 Paul Byron 5′ 7″ 153 27 Apr 1989 26 Ottawa, ON, CAN
8 Joe Colborne 6′ 5″ 213 30 Jan 1990 25 Calgary, AB, CAN
79 Micheal Ferland 6′ 2″ 215 20 Apr 1992 23 Swan River, MB, CAN
67 Michael Frolik 6′ 1″ 200 17 Feb 1988 27 Kladno, CZE
13 Johnny Gaudreau 5′ 9″ 150 13 Aug 1993 22 Salem, NJ, USA
60 Markus Granlund 5′ 11″ 185 16 Apr 1993 22 Oulu, FIN
64 Garnet Hathaway 6′ 2″ 210 23 Nov 1991 23 Kennebunkport, ME, USA
24 Jiri Hudler 5′ 10″ 186 4 Jan 1984 31 Olomouc, CZE
19 David Jones 6′ 2″ 210 10 Aug 1984 31 Guelph, ON, CAN
16 Josh Jooris 6′ 0″ 180 14 Jul 1990 25 Burlington, ON, CAN
23 Sean Monahan 6′ 2″ 185 12 Oct 1994 20 Brampton, ON, CAN
21 Mason Raymond 6′ 0″ 185 17 Sep 1985 30 Cochrane, AB, CAN
22 Drew Shore 6′ 3″ 205 29 Jan 1991 24 Denver, CO, USA
18 Matt Stajan 6′ 1″ 192 19 Dec 1983 31 Mississauga, ON, CAN
Name Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
7 TJ Brodie 6′ 1″ 182 7 Jun 1990 25 Chatham, ON, CAN
29 Deryk Engelland 6′ 2″ 215 3 Apr 1982 33 Edmonton, AB, CAN
5 Mark Giordano “C” 6′ 0″ 200 3 Oct 1983 31 Toronto, ON, CAN
27 Dougie Hamilton 6′ 5″ 212 17 Jun 1993 22 Toronto, ON, CAN
49 Jakub Nakladal 6′ 2″ 200 30 Dec 1987 27 Hradec Králové, CZE
4 Kris Russell 5′ 10″ 173 2 May 1987 28 Caroline, AB, CAN
15 Ladislav Smid   ** 6′ 3″ 209 1 Feb 1986 29 Frydlant, CZE
6 Dennis Wideman 6′ 0″ 200 20 Mar 1983 32 Kitchener, ON, CAN
26 Tyler Wotherspoon 6′ 2″ 210 12 Mar 1993 22 Burnaby, BC, CAN
Name Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
1 Jonas Hiller 6′ 2″ 192 12 Feb 1982 33 Felben Wellhausen, CHE
31 Karri Ramo 6′ 2″ 206 1 Jul 1986 29 Asikkala, FIN

Of course Joni Ortio is still at camp, but for whatever reason is not on the website’s roster.


Calgary Flames Training Camp (2015 edition)

15 Sep

I recommend that before you read though this, you have a look at the Calgary Flames off-season summary post to get up to speed on what’s happened over the summer.

As far as training camp goes, I’m going to post links out to (what I think) is useful information collected from all corners of the web. In addition to that, I’ll post after each pre-season game to fill you in on what I saw in addition to what the media, coaching staff and other bloggers saw as well. So, first up is…

The Young Stars tournament in Penticton

The Flames finished the Penticton Young Stars Classic tournament with a 1-1-1 record. Recaps of all three games are here:

The roster breakdown is below, for more thoughts check out

Forwards (17) – Kenny Agostino, Bill Arnold, Tyson Baillie, Sam Bennett, Taylor Burke, Austin Carroll, Pavel Karnaukhov, Morgan Klimchuk, Andrew Mangiapane, Mason Marchment, Louick Marcotte, Ryan Lamberg, Emile Poirier, Julien Proulx, Hunter Smith, Tomas Soustal, Bryce Van Brabant.

Defensemen (11) – Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Andersson, Patrick Sieloff, Ryan Culkin, Riley Bruce, Jason Bell, Eric Roy, Kenney Morrison, Keegan Kanzig, Brett Kulak, Jason Fram.

Goaltenders (3) – Mason McDonald, Jon Gillies, Nick Schneider.

Training Camp invites

In addition to the roster above, the Flames have extended invites to Ryan Wilson and Douglas Murray. So camp-wise, you have the Young Stars roster above, plus Murray and Wilson, plus the Flames current roster attending 2015 training camp.

Flames prospects

You know Micheal Ferland, Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon and Sam Bennett. You probably know Morgan Klimchuk, Emile Poirier, Mark Jankowski, Joni Ortio and Jon Gillies. Now after the Young Stars tournament you are aware of Andrew Mangiapane, Bill Arnold and Rasmus Andersson. But where do they all rank according to some blogger (who’s not me)?? Check out Flames From 80 Feet’s ranking of the Calgary Flames top 20 prospects.

Contract signings

Again, check out the Flames off season wrap-up for more information on contracts addressed (except for Michael Ferland’s recent contract deal) during the summer.

New NHL rules

Something that you’ve probably already forgotten about is that the NHL will move to 3-3 overtime this year in order to not have so many shootouts decide games. I’m a big fan of this mostly because it’s more of a team way to decide the fate of the game, shootouts shouldn’t be what awards teams points.

Also what is interesting is that the league is introducing the coach’s challenge, similar to what we see in football.

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