News and Notes - August 30 2015

Ryan Pike
August 30 2015 09:00AM

It's September on Tuesday and the Calgary Flames rookies are preparing to head to town for camp. With the rookie camp likely opening on September 10 in preparation for the Penticton tournament, expect things to get pretty busy in a short while.

But right now, here's a quick rundown of what's making minor waves in the Flames world.

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Making the Flames: Five forward prospects we should see next season

August 29 2015 02:30PM

An upside to having so many forwards? You know competition will be intense, and those who make the starting lineup will have truly earned their spots. A downside? There's very, very little room for prospects to be able to make it, and prove they deserve a spot of their own.

On the one hand, it's a good thing: you know you aren't letting anybody undeserving or not ready into your lineup. On the other hand, it's a bad thing: it makes it all the more difficult to fulfill the mantra of "always earned, never given", as Josh Jooris found out last season.

Jooris earned a roster spot out of training camp, but was cut, and only got to make the NHL when another forward was injured. By the time enough players had returned to sufficient health, Jooris had established himself in the lineup, and finally, others were cut to make room for him.

Who are the forward prospects - those who have yet to establish themselves as NHLers - to keep an eye on this season?

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FN Mailbag - Aug 27, 2015

Kent Wilson
August 29 2015 11:00AM


In the wake of the CalgaryNext and Giordano contract announcements, we decided to rouse the FN mailbag feature from its off-season hibernation.

Ironically, nobody asked any questions about the arena project, so most of today's inquires tackle Calgary's blueline and contract situation moving forward.

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FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Joe Nieuwendyk

Ryan Pike
August 28 2015 03:00PM

The tenth player on FlamesNation's All-Time Flames Team is no big surprise.

A Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and probably the best centerman in Calgary Flames history, Joe Nieuwendyk had a name that was hard to spell and relatively easy to pronounce. He also had a playing style that was easy to love but difficult to emulate - just ask Joe Colborne.

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Let's Talk About Community Revitalization Levies

Ryan Pike
August 28 2015 12:00PM

The centerpiece of the proposed funding package for the CalgaryNEXT project is a $240 million Community Revitalization Levy, aimed at transforming the West Village from a bunch of under-used land beside the river into a full-fledged community.

Of course, nobody really knows much about Community Revitalization Levies other than they've been used in the East Village. So I did a bit of digging, and here's what I figured out.

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