News and Notes - September 4 2015

Ryan Pike
September 04 2015 12:00PM

There's been a flurry of minor news over the past day or two, so here's a quick primer for you to digest as we head into the fun of the Labour Day long weekend!

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #1 Sam Bennett

Ryan Pike
September 04 2015 09:00AM


The identity of the Calgary Flames' top prospect probably isn't too surprising. Outside of Johnny Gaudreau, who was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy last season and is thus not eligible for these rankings, I cannot think of a more exciting player in the organization right now than Sam Bennett.

It takes a special type of player to nearly make an NHL team with a bum shoulder, to undergo surgery on that shoulder in October, briefly dominate the OHL coming in cold in mid-season, and then contribute to a fairly successful NHL playoff run.

But hey, Sam Bennett is a special hockey player. By a unanimous selection of the FlamesNation writing staff, he's the Calgary Flames' top prospect.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 04 2015 06:45AM


Can the Leafs land Stamkos, trade Byfuglien or move him to forward, Giordano better with age, Brad Marchands elbow, Oilers making playoffs, projecting lineups, prospect rankings, a great scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Ryan Wilson will join the Flames at training camp on a professional tryout

Thomas Drance
September 03 2015 03:50PM

Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames have announced that one-time Flames prospect and former oft-injured Colorado Avalanche defender Ryan Wilson will join the club on a professional tryout when training camp opens later this month.

Wilson, 28, is a left-handed shooter with decent size and solid wheels. When he's been healthy enough to be in the lineup, he's been a legitimately useful and productive NHL caliber defenseman. He's rarely been in the lineup in recent years though, which is the primary reason he's available in the opening weeks of September. Since the NHL lockout he's appeared in only 47 games including the postseason, the result of a variety of injuries to his knee, ankle, shoulder and back.

As a no-risk gamble with the possibility of upgrading the club's blue-line depth, this is a potentially savvy invite for the Flames.

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FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Paul Reinhart

Ryan Pike
September 03 2015 03:00PM

The resurgence of the Calgary Flames has been, in part, due to the ability of their defensive group to generate offense. And if you look at the history of the team, arguably the best Flames teams have been anchored by offense-generating blueliners.

So it probably shouldn't shock you that the latest member of the All-Time Flames Team is one of the team's best offensive-generating blueliners, Paul Reinhart. While he's probably best known these days for fathering three pretty decent hockey players, he was Dennis Wideman before Wideman was - a guy that was at his best in the offensive end, generating chances off the rush. On the All-Time Team, he'd be the power-play specialist - or the guy you'd throw out when the team was down a goal or two and you needed to generate a comeback.

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