Calgary Flames 2015-16 Season Preview: Great Expectations

Kent Wilson
October 07 2015 09:00AM

It wasn't supposed to be this way. 

This season was supposed to be one of modest expectations. One where the Flames, having bottomed out in the race for McDavid, began to take a few shaky steps back up the Western Conference ladder. A year where the org would still be considered sellers at the deadline, where the management would still be sorting through hopefuls and fringe NHLers. 

Instead, the cardiac kids defied prognosticators and analytics alike to emerge as the NHL's unlikeliest Cinderella story last year, held up by the magic of late period comebacks and OT heroics. 

The incredible outburst of unexpected success revived a flagging fanbase and restored some luster to the Flames franchise. The question now is, can the Flames manage to build on their 2014-15 and become legitimate contenders?

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Introducing the 2015-16 Calgary Flames

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 06:57PM

The moves are all done and the 2015-16 Calgary Flames opening roster is official.

The club will open the season with 22 active players - 3 goalies, 6 defenders and 13 forwards - and 3 players on the injured list. (You get to fill the spots of the injured guys, but you don't get salary cap relief.) As of now, the Flames have a cap hit of around $69.7 million.

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The Flames Predictions Round-Up

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 02:20PM

The NHL season begins tomorrow. Excitement is at a high for those that follow the Calgary Flames, because they're coming off a rare season in which they wildly exceeded expectations.

We did our roundtable yesterday to share with you our thoughts. But we thought we'd collect some predictions from around the various mainstream (and alternative) media to see if anybody else agreed with us.

(Spoiler: yes, they mostly do.)

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@FlamesMOTB: How you can help FlamesNation in supporting Kids Up Front Calgary

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 01:47PM

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FlamesNation will be donating $25 for each Micheal Ferland hit in the upcoming season opener to Kids Up Front Calgary. Find out why below - and how you can help!

Tomorrow is a big day. It's the beginning of the hockey season as the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks. If there's one thing we love more at FlamesNation than hockey - and perhaps more than humbling Vancouver - it's sharing our love of hockey with others. That's where you come in, gang.

Our goal tomorrow is to enjoy a fine 60 minutes of the most perfect sport in the world (ice hockey), but also to raise some funds for a really deserving cause that does a great deal of good in the local Calgary area. We call it Flames Money on the Board.

So, tomorrow evening, as the Calgary Flames do battle with the dastardly Canucks, we hope you'll join us in raising some funds for Kids Up Front Calgary and enjoy the hockey game knowing you're also helping out some really deserving young people in your community.

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Sean Monahan Named Alternate Captain

Ryan Pike
October 06 2015 12:41PM

The ascension of Sean Monahan continues.

After spending his first two seasons in the National Hockey League quietly becoming an offensive powerhouse and a quiet locker room leader, the Calgary Flames today announced that the centerman has been named an alternate captain.

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