The Stockton Heat Begin Play This Weekend

Ryan Pike
October 09 2015 03:30PM

As the Calgary Flames continue to prepare for action tomorrow night in Vancouver, this weekend sees the first official on-ice game action for their new American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

This year's Stockton Heat features the usual AHL mish-mash of veterans and young'uns. Let's have a quick glance at the two goalies, nine defensemen (eight of them healthy) and 18 forwards they have on their roster right now.

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The curious case of the Jonas Hiller-Karri Ramo tandem

October 09 2015 01:30PM

It wasn't that long ago that the Flames' goaltending was so simple. Just put Miikka in net, let him do his thing, and rinse and repeat for 70+ games every year.

So things were understandably different when he retired, and the Flames began the search for their new starter. The 2013-14 season was a terrible one, spread across four goaltenders: Joni Ortio with nine games; Joey MacDonald, 11; Reto Berra, 29; and Karri Ramo - who ended up being the last man standing - 40.

It looked like Ramo was to be the Flames' starter for at least the next few years. But then the Flames went and signed Jonas Hiller, and it's been a tandem ever since.

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For The Kids, Flames Should Let Russell Go

Ryan Pike
October 09 2015 12:00PM

Kris Russell might have began his last season with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old Albertan is in the final year of his current contract and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He blocks shots, he shoots left, and he's an alternate captain.

And the emergence of Calgary's young defensemen is about to make him completely superfluous.

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Exploring First Call-Up Options

Mike Cadarette
October 09 2015 09:00AM

Ah, the prestigious first call-up title. Sometimes it’s earned, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s about the coach’s trust, sometimes it’s about one’s position on the organizational depth chart. Sometimes it’s about needs rather than wants.

All of these are taken into consideration when injuries take place in the NHL. The coaching staff and management have to sit down and often make quick decisions based on a numbers of factors. This season, well, there are a lot of options. There seems to be a Stockton player available for almost every scenario that could take place.

So let’s explore some of the scenarios and options at Brad Treliving and Bob Hartley’s fingertips.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 09 2015 06:45AM

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Cocaine and the NHL, Leafs prepare for misery, Flames fear some regression, how much of an impact will Canucks rookies have his year, Ference gives up 'C' in Edmonton, the NHL All-hipster team, predictions and forecasts for the 2015-16 season and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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